Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 27 August 2014

Adele: I'm lucky I broke up with ex

Adele says heartache helps her songwriting

Adele has said she is lucky she broke up with her ex-boyfriend as the split helped inspire her new album.

The 22-year-old singer-songwriter's hit debut was about a heartbreak and her new record 21 is about her most recent upset.

Adele laughed as she told the Daily Telegraph: "I'm lucky - before I met my ex, I was panicking, thinking what was I going to write my second album about: hotel rooms and air miles? No one can relate to that.

"So I'm very lucky that I met him. And I'm lucky that we broke up as well!"

But the Chasing Pavements singer is worried revealing all her break-up details in her songs will put men off.

She admitted: "I do wonder when I'm going to meet the person the next record's going to be about. He'll probably run a mile after he hears this one!"

Adele's soulful songs may seem melancholy, but she insists she's happy.

She said: "I'm like the opposite of one of those comedians who's funny on stage and depressed behind closed doors. On records, I can get pretty dark, but in real life I'm very carefree."

But she admits opening up about her feelings in public is hard.

She said: "When I did Someone Like You live on Jools Holland, I got so upset wondering and hoping and wishing that my ex would be watching it, I went back to my dressing room and sobbed. Making a record is like standing in the middle of Trafalgar Square naked, you let everyone see your good bits and bad bits. I don't know what possesses me to do that, but I'm not good at anything else."

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