Adele Covers the November Issues of American and British Vogues

Posted on October 07, 2021

Adele is back. The single is imminent, the album approaches, and in a historic moment for the sister titles, the singer stars on the cover of both American and British Vogue. A first in in the brand’s 129 year history, Adele’s transatlantic takeover spans two covers and fashion portfolios, captured in two cities by two photographers, with profiles by two writers, one American, and one British.










On how her new album is different from previous ones: “It’s sensitive for me, this record, just in how much I love it. I always say that 21 doesn’t belong to me anymore. Everyone else took it into their hearts so much. I’m not letting go of this one. This is my album. I want to share myself with everyone, but I don’t think I’ll ever let this one go.”

Reflecting on her childhood as part of her journey to find happiness: “Well, my therapist told me that I had to sit with my little seven-year-old self. Because she was left on her own. And I needed to go sit with her and really address how I felt when I was growing up. And issues with my dad. Which I’d been avoiding: Not being sure if someone who is supposed to love you loves you, and doesn’t prioritize you in any capacity when you’re little. You assume it and get used to it. So my relationship with men in general, my entire life, has always been: You’re going to hurt me, so I’ll hurt you first. It’s just toxic and prevents me from actually finding any happiness.”

On the uproar around her weight loss: “My body’s been objectified my entire career. It’s not just now. I understand why it’s a shock. I understand why some women especially were hurt. Visually I represented a lot of women. But I’m still the same person.” “And the worst part of the whole thing was that the most brutal conversations were being had by other women about my body. I was very fucking disappointed with that. That hurt my feelings.”

On what helped her get through her “Year of Anxiety”: “It was a lot of sound baths. It was a lot of meditation. It was a lot of therapy. And a lot of time spent on my own. [The gym was key.] It became my time. I realized that when I was working out, I didn’t have any anxiety. It was never about losing weight. I thought, If I can make my body physically strong, and I can feel that and see that, then maybe one day I can make my emotions and my mind physically strong.”

On wanting to make sure her son Angelo understands his privilege: “That when he achieves certain things: It’s not only going to be because he’s a white man. It’s also going to be because I’m his mom. And I want him to notice that. He needs to earn his way through life.”

On her win at the 2017 Grammys: “My personal opinion is that Beyoncé definitely should have won… For my friends who are women of color, it was such a huge acknowledgment for them, of the sort of undermined grief that they go through. For her to nail that on the head, and also bring in the entire globe?”

And on the personal moment she shared with Beyoncé at the 2017 Grammys: “I just said to her, like, the way that the Grammys works, and the people who control it at the very, very top—they don’t know what a visual album is. They don’t want to support the way that she’s moving things forward with her releases and the things that she’s talking about.”


[Photo Credit: American Vogue: Alasdair Mclellan | British Vogue: Steven Meisel]

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