Adele reveals why ‘25’ was so challenging to make, and how she pulled ‘a Kim Kardashian’ with ‘Hello’

As Adele prepares to release her first album of new music in almost five years, the British songstress tells etalk the material on “25” is as personal as ever -- albeit with a slightly different focus. 

"’25’ is about how I make myself feel as opposed to how a horrible boyfriend makes me feel,” the Grammy and Oscar-winning singer tells Danielle Graham in London, during a North American exclusive interview. 

The one-on-one will air as part of a special episode of etalk this Friday Nov. 20, the same day “25” drops.

Now 27, Adele admits it was a bit nerve-wracking to follow up the massive success of 2011’s breakup-focused “21,” and determine exactly what she wanted to reveal in her lyrics.

"So this record is all about myself and it’s about yearning for myself, and for my friends and for my childhood and stuff like that,” she says. “It’s a bit frightening, I’m only ever going to be an adult now. I’m not going to be a kid again.”

While Adele’s had to adjust to a new level of fame since “21,” her life changed even more so with the birth of her son Angelo in 2012, with partner Simon Konecki. 

She admits balancing work with parenthood made “25” the hardest record she’s worked on.

“I never had anything to balance before,” she says. “It was only me before, and then all of a sudden I became a mom and all my attention is on my kid and stuff like that.”

The extra effort to create something she’s excited about has already paid off. Her first single “Hello” broke Billboard records by selling more than 1.11 million copies in a week. It also broke the Vevo record for most streams in a day with 27.7 million, not to mention inspiring immeasurable fan excitement and countless online memes. 

It wouldn’t be a stretch to say it broke the internet.

"I did a Kim Kardashian,” Adele jokes, breaking into her signature cackle. “Thank god it wasn't with my ass [like Kim]. It would've actually broken the internet if it was my bum!"

“etalk Presents: Adele Live in London” airs Friday Nov. 20 at 7 p.m. ET/PT on CTV.

Adele Live in London” airs Wednesday Nov. 25 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CTV.

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