Anyone that knows me, or this blog, knows that I love Adele. Like, not in just a 'fan girl' sort of way, but in like a 'PLEASE BE MY BEST FRIEND' kind of way, I'm borderline obsessed. She's inspiring, and talented, she's beautiful and wonderful and funny and creative and great... and I'm rambling... (told you I was crushing out over here!)
I'm slightly nervous that Apple Music will soon expose me for the creep that I am and reveal just how many times I have listened to Hello in the past couple of weeks and I am even more nervous that my shower walls will learn to talk/have been recording me singing her songs very badly since she came into my life all those years ago.
And so if for any weird reason you aren't as obsessed and inspired by her as I am, maybe this will change your mind.
In an interview with Rolling Stone Magazine, Adele talked about how she refuses to allow her success get past her skin and still sees herself as 'some random girl from London.'
She says 'my career's not my life, it's my hobby.' 'People think I hate being famous. And I don't. I'm really frightened of it. I think it's really toxic, and I think it's really easy to be dragged into it.'
She still feels out of place among celebs and says 'I'm not sure if i'll ever not feel a bit overwhelmed when I go to places where there are loads of celebs.' 'I always feel like I'm gonna get thrown out. Or it's going to turn out to be some, like, hidden-camera show. Like someone's gonna send me back to Tottenham.'
Now if you bare in mind her last album, 21, had sold over 30 million copies by July 2014 and was THE biggest selling musical release for both 2011 & 2012 and that she has a casual 10 Grammies, 4 Brit Awards, 12 Billboard Awards, a Golden Globe and god knows what else under her belt, the fact that she has remained THIS grounded is nothing short of a miracle.
Since the birth of her son, Angelo, she says 'I've been to every fucking park, every shop, every supermarket you could imagine' (personally, I love this... I hang out in the co-op all the time now... just in case).
She says she's in a super serious relationship (my words, not hers) with Angelo's dad, Simon Konecki: 'he's so supportive. And that takes a very big man, because I'm very successful at what I do. My last boyfriend was uncomfortable with how successful I was, and the fact he had to share me with lots of people.'
And so not only does she have a great career, a seemingly wonderful family life and a great head on her shoulders, she's now taking care of her health too. (Is there nothing this woman can't do!?)
On quitting smoking she says 'I absolutely loved it, but it's not that fucking cool when I'm dying from a smoking related illness and my kid is, like, devastated.' She is also now only having the one drink a week: 'I used to be able to drink anyone under the table and still be able to put on an all-right show, but with kids, hangovers are torture. They just know. They pick on it and go for you.'
And with the possibility of a tour around the corner, Adele is working on building up her stamina. She says she's cutting back on sugar, though not carbs altogether because 'I'd never deprive myself like that!'
And she's also hitting the gym: 'to get in shape for myself, but not to be size zero or anything that like.' Her regime in the gym? 'I mainly moan, I'm not like skipping to the fucking gym. I don't enjoy it. I do like doing weights. I don't like looking the mirror. Blood vessels burst on my face really easily, so I'm so conscious when I'm lifting weights not to let them burst in my face. And if I don't tour, you'll catch my back down at the Chinese!'
And so I know I sound ridiculously sycophantic and I wouldn't blame her for filing a restraining order on me at this point, but I do genuinely feel like we are really lacking in positive role models in the world right now and so hearing this awesomeness is really important. If she weren't so bloody busy, I'd suggest she started doing motivational talks.
She says 'I'm very proud of what I have achieved. And I wasn't, before I had Angelo. I didn't understand, actually, what I had achieved and how far I had come. Because everyone wants to do something with their life, and we don't all get the opportunity because shit gets in the way. So I feel fucking so fortunate that the stars just aligned for me and allowed me to have the most ridiculous ride ever.'
And she should be proud. And I know that her weight is literally none of my business but it is great see that, despite being famous since she was 19, she has not let the media turn her into something that she isn't, unlike so many of her peers (*cough* Miley Cyrus *cough*). And so it is pretty awesome to hear her open up about it.
She says: 'would I show my body off if I was thinner? Probably not, because my body is mine. But sometimes I'm curious to know if I would have been as successful if I wasn't plus-size. I think I remind everyone of themselves. Not saying everyone is my size, but it's relatable because I'm not perfect, and I think a lot of people are portrayed as perfect, unreachable and untouchable.'
'I've been asked "would you do Playboy?" so many fucking times, it's ridiculous, and is that because I'm a woman or because I'm fat?'
And her thoughts on feminism?
'Will you ask me if I'm a feminist?' (The interviewer didn't by the way...) 'I don't think many men in interviews get asked if they're feminist.'
'I'm a feminist. I believe that everyone should be treated the same, including race and sexuality.'
So there you have it. Adele ticks every box for 'Positive Role Model' that there is.
So as the whole world goes bonkers over the up and coming Victoria Secret Show at the end of the month, and all the Angels spill their secrets of a dream body and life, perhaps it might be worth not beating yourself up for NOT looking like them. Take down their pictures and try and replace them instead with another kind of inspirational woman. One that is living her dream, and being a mum, and eating carbs.