(Photos by Annie Leibovitz for Vogue)
Queen Adele reigns over the March 2016 cover of Vogue
, photographed by Annie Leibovitz.
In the mag's pages, she discusses being mom to three-year-old Angelo, and how he and her partner Simon Konecki changed her life.
“My main thing is Mum, then it’s me, then it’s work,” she says.
“I can’t have any other junk in my head to worry about as well.
"When I became a parent, I felt like I was truly living. I had a purpose, where before I didn’t.”
Adele also discusses her new single "When We Were Young," which she worked on with Canadian Tobias Jesso Jr.
It's “a bit of a letter to myself," she says. "It’s really about regrouping, because naturally me and my friends have dispersed. We all love each other still, but we don’t have time to be unconditional and 24/7. . . . My eyes were so cloudy for a year after I had my child, and I thought I would never regroup with myself, ever.”
Adele is her usual frank self for the duration of the interview. Check out more highlights below, and for the full story visit Vogue.com
“But actually I like myself more than ever. I feel so comfortable in my own skin. I really like how I look, I like who I am, I like everyone that I surround myself with. Obviously I have insecurities, but they don’t hold me back.”
On her usual look
“I look like a bedraggled mother; I look like anyone else. When I’m with my kid I’m in leggings and a jumper and a pair of Converse because the grubby little hands are going to mark anything nice.”
On returning with '25'
“I didn’t miss being in the spotlight, but I really missed that side of myself. I was happy to be lost in the wilderness for a while, but I was a bit frightened that I was never going to get back ... Once ‘Hello’ came out, I felt like I’d got nothing to prove. I’m just going to sing now because I want to, and I’ll make records when I want to and not because someone is forcing me to do it."
On being a famous parent
“We need to have some privacy. I think it’s really hard being a famous person’s child. What if he wants to smoke weed or drink underage, or what if he’s gay and doesn’t want to tell me, and then he’s photographed and that’s how I find out?”