The prime-time special features performances from an exclusive pre-recorded concert at the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles and is the prelude to the Grammy Award winner’s fourth studio album, “30”, will be released on November 19.
Here’s what we learned from the conversation.
Adele starts exercising to manage her anxiety
The singer said the plan was never to lose weight when starting to work out, but simply to try to control anxiety.
Adele told Winfrey: “I’m not shocked or even amazed by (people’s reaction to her body transformation). “Because my body has been objectifying my entire career.”
She added: “I was very body positive then and now I am also body positive. My job is not to validate how people feel about their body.”
She’s ‘disappointed’ over her split from ex-husband Simon Konecki
For the first time publicly announcing the breakdown of her marriage to Simon Konecki, she admitted that the divorce left her frustrated both for herself and for their son, Angelo.
The couple announced their separation in September 2019, when Adele filed for divorce.
“I’ve been obsessed with a nuclear family all my life because I’ve never been from one,” she explains.
“From a very young age, I promised myself that when I had children that we would be together and we would be a united family and I tried for a long time. for myself. me.”
Recalling the moment she knew she needed to end the marriage, she said she and her friends were doing a magazine quiz asking “What is it that no one can know about you.”
“I just said it in front of three of my friends, I was like, ‘I’m really not happy. I’m not alive, I’m just bored.’ … That’s when I admitted to my own friends, who thought I was really happy, I was actually really unhappy, and they were all terrified. “
She believes her ex-husband saved her life
Reflecting on her relationship with Konecki, she credits him with saving her life and preventing her from going down a path of self-destruction.
“I could have easily gone down some treacherous path…and self-destructed from being overwhelmed by it all, and he walked in, and he was stable, the most stable man that he had ever been. I used to have my life up to that point.”
The couple still live across from each other in Los Angeles and continue to raise 9-year-old Angelo together.
The star went on to reveal that despite their separate ways, she still believes in Konecki for the rest of her life. “I feel like he and Angelo are angels sent to me, that’s how I feel,” she added.
’30’ is written in ‘real time’
When Winfrey notes that “30” sounds like Adele has “literally opened your soul up” and that “pain is almost like a muse for you,” Adele revealed that the album was written in real time. .
“Everything was happening in real time. I was writing my album, you know, while I was going through everything.”
After Winfrey reminded her of the success of her single “Hello” – the lead single from her third studio album, “25” – Adele stated that her music “definitely came from somewhere else”. ” in the creative process.
Adele added: “I don’t know how to access it. It’s a myth because I don’t think I have that much depth in real life.”
She isn’t afraid to share the private details of her personal life on the album because “there’s nothing scarier than what I’ve been through in the last two/three years behind closed doors.”
Album dedicated to her son
Adele said she struggled to explain to Angelo that she no longer had feelings for his father.
“There were so many answers that I couldn’t give him because there were no answers,” she said.
She told Winfrey that she was prepared for the fact that he would “live” with her as an adult to destroy his life for her happiness and “30”, dedicated to him, is her way of showing him “who I am.”
“The whole album isn’t about him, it’s about me, and I just wanted him to hear me talk wildly about who I am and how I feel,” she said.
“I don’t know if I’d be able to chat with him in real life, so he might as well go and listen to it.”
When asked if she wanted to grow her family, she said: “I’m definitely open to that. I want more children. It wouldn’t be the end of the world if I didn’t have them, because I have Angelo. ”
She was with her estranged father in his final days
The interview also sheds light on Adele’s fractured relationship with her estranged father, Mark Evans, who suffered from alcoholism and abandoned her as a child.
The London-born musician revealed they have reconciled for the past three years. Before he passed away in May of this year, she played him her new album.
“We forgave each other. … We found peace together, and then I played the album for him on Zoom,” she said.
Recalling their listening session, she told Winfrey: “His favorites were all my favorites, which I thought was amazing.”
She described spending time with her father before his death as “very very very healing”, adding that “when he died, it was literally like the wound had closed”.
Romantic Rich Paul is the first time she fell in love with herself
When asked what drew her to him, she said: “He’s hilarious. Oh, he’s funny, he’s funny, yeah. And so smart. You know, he’s very, very smart. It’s unbelievable to watch him do what he does. And just how easy it is.”
She said that her romance with Paul, founder of United Talent Agency (UTA) under Klutch Sports, was the first time she “loved herself” as well as the first time she ” open your heart to love and be loved by others.”
She went on to thank Oprah for “allowing me to speak my truth lovingly in a safe space.”
“The whole thing was pretty overwhelming, I’ve seen it twice and cried my eyes out both times,” she told her 26.7 million followers.
“Having been on such a roller coaster for the past few years and then the pandemic, it’s hard to imagine being on stage singing again. So the fact that I was and I also have to sing my new songs, making me feel like a million things at once!”