Adele’s best qualities: “I am a good cook. I’m funny. Always want to have sex”

As we previewed yesterday, Adele covers the March issue of Vogue Magazine. I’m a little bit in love with Anna Wintour for going all-out for Adele in this issue. The March issue is always “The Power Issue” – and who has more “power” than Adele right now? This is a girl at her peak, and although I have my doubts about her hair (not ginger enough), I have to say that this photo shoot is gorgeous. Photographers Marcus Piggott & Mert Alas made Adele look gorgeous – she’s already beautiful, but sometimes photographers don’t know what to do with her. You can read Adele’s full article & see the epic Vogue slideshow here. Here are some excerpts from her interview:

Adele occasionally smokes, but she’s not drinking: Over the few days that I spend around Adele, I see her sneak a [cigarette] here and there. No one is perfect. But alcohol? For a once hard-drinking South London pub girl who has admitted that she has written some of her best songs after a few belts, I would have thought this might present something of a challenge. Not so much, it turns out. Adele hasn’t had a drink since last June. She gave it up cold turkey right around her birthday (May 5) last year. “Don’t like drinking anymore,” she says in an accent that falls somewhere between Eliza Doolittle and David Beckham. “I think I got it out of my system. D’yaknowhaImean?”

Adele is LOUD: “I am quite loud and bolshie,” she says (British slang for unruly and clamorous). “I’m a big personality. I walk into a room, big and tall and loud.” Indeed. There is no doubt when Adele is in the building. The rule of thumb for protecting one’s vocal cords, she tells me, is: If people are more than an arm’s length away, you shouldn’t talk to them. “But I am like, Wah! Wah! Wah!,” she says, laughing. “It’s really bad.”

Adele and her throat problems: “I knew my voice was in trouble,” she says, “and obviously I cried a lot. But crying is really bad for your vocal cords, too!” When word spread in the insular music industry that Adele had throat problems, other artists’ managers began calling with the same piece of advice: Go see Steven Zeitels, M.D., in Boston, widely considered to be the preeminent throat surgeon in the world. (Indeed, he is currently working with Julie Andrews, trying to restore her pipes after a surgery by another doctor that diminished one of the great singing voices of all time.) Zeitels discovered a polyp on one of Adele’s vocal cords that would require surgery. “When I met him I loved him,” she says. “He made me feel safe.”

Other singers helped her, including John Mayer: Her nerves were further calmed when other singers who have had throat surgery (some of them patients of Zeitels’s) reached out. “John Mayer had it done at the same time as I did,” says Adele, “and he really helped me be chilled out about it. Roger Daltrey’s had loads of stuff done; Steven Tyler reached out; Elton John. Lots of artists have had problems with their voices, but you don’t know about it. And they are still singing incredibly well in their 50s and 60s.”

The sounds of silence: “I think I just needed to be silenced. And when you are silent, everyone else around you is silent. So the noise in my life just stopped. It was like I was floating in the sea for three weeks. It was brilliant. It was my body telling me to fix me. I had so much time to kind of go over things and get over things, which is amazing. I think if I hadn’t had my voice trouble, I would never have broached those subjects with myself. Now I just feel really at peace. And really proud of myself. I’ve never fully appreciated the things that I’ve achieved until now. In fact, my entire life has changed in the last ten weeks. I’ve never been so happy, and I love it.”

She hates the red carpet: “I hate the red carpet. I don’t feel insecure, I just feel like, Oh, I don’t want to do this. I literally get a stomach cramp. At the VMA’s last year I felt really out of my comfort zone because there were so many superstars there. But that’s been the case from day one. I never feel like, Oh, yeah, I should be here. And I was missing my best friend’s hen night. So I was a bit bitter that I wasn’t there, to be perfectly honest.”

Performance style: “I definitely think that less is more,” she says. “I don’t think I could pull it off, doing an elaborate show. There are a couple of songs that are worthy of a few explosions and dancing teams and stuff like that. But I would feel really uncomfortable displaying my music like that. I just want to sing it. I don’t want to perform with my body.”

She‘s funny: “I was always the joker at school,” she says. “But I didn’t really realize I had a natural sense of humor until I started telling stories onstage. You get the timing down. Also, people laugh when I open my mouth anyway, even if I don’t tell a joke, because they are laughing at my accent.”

The man who inspired 21: The man whom 21 is largely about is ten years older than Adele and has somehow managed to remain anonymous—an admirable feat in this era of phone-hacking tabloid journalism. More recently, Adele has been singing a slightly different tune about Mr. Wrong. “You know, he was amazing. He was great. But it was never going to work. And for ages I was like, As if he deserves any f–king kudos for inspiring my record. But now, after some time, it only seems right that the person who so far has had the biggest impact on me—has now changed my life for f–king ever with this album—deserves a little credit. I can do things that I never dreamed I’d be able to do. If I hadn’t met him, I think I’d still be that little girl I was when I was eighteen. And the best thing is, I now know what I want for myself and from someone else. I didn’t know what I wanted before.”

What would her exes say about her? She yelps, “Oh, my God!” And then thinks for a moment. “I love a bit of drama. That’s a bad thing. I can flip really quickly. I am not bipolar, but I go from ‘Oh, my God, I love you’ to ‘Get the f-ck out of my house!’ really quickly. And I never sit there and talk about it. I give them the silent treatment. They’re like, ‘Tell me what I’ve done so I can say sorry!’ What else? It used to be that I loved a drink a bit too much. But I don’t drink no more. The good things: I am attentive. I will do anything for my man. I am a good cook. I’m funny. Always want to have sex.” She cracks up. “Well, most girls don’t!”

She wants to be a wife: “Come on! I’m wifey material! I’m great. No one’s got to be brave. It’s not like, ‘You f&#$ me over and I’m going to write a record and make you the most hated man in the world.’ I am never writing a breakup record again, by the way. I’m done with being a bitter witch.”

Her new boyfriend: “He’s wonderful,” Adele tells me later. “And he’s proud of me, but he don’t care about what I do or what other people think. He looks after me. I don’t think I would have gotten through the recovery for my surgery if it hadn’t been for him.”

She’s into bears: One hopes this works out for Adele, a girl who seems to have a thing for older, bearish, manly men. (One day, when I ask her what her London apartment is like, she says, “It’s a bit of a cream dream. My favorite kind of interior is the entire look of the movie It’s Complicated.” She levels me with a look. “I love Alec Baldwin. Oh, my God, I’ve got the biggest crush on him in that film. He’s so sexy.”) For someone so young, Adele seems to have a powerful urge to settle down and start a family of her own. Indeed, in three interviews, it is the topic that comes up the most. One day, I ask about her future. “I am f–king off for four or five years,” she says. “If I am constantly working, my relationships fail. So at least now I can have enough time to write a happy record. And be in love and be happy. And then I don’t know what I’ll do. Get married. Have some kids. Plant a nice vegetable patch.”

[From Vogue]

There’s a lot more in the Vogue piece – lots of stuff about her absent father, what movies she loves (she likes gritty New York films with Al Pacino, anything directed by Martin Scorsese), how much she loves Beyonce, what inspires her songs and whether she’ll ever end up an actress. Throughout the piece, Adele comes across as strikingly self-aware, almost eerily so. This is a girl who knows herself very, very well, her strengths and her weaknesses. She’s also hilarious and very emotional and so, so young. Gah! I worry about her sometimes, but she’ll be okay, won’t she?

Photos courtesy of Marcus & Mert/VOGUE.

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  1. Jilli says:

    Lovely photos! She sounds pretty down to earth. What a talented lady!

  2. Zay says:

    Shame that for some (read Kun*y Karl) nothing of it matters if you are a talented but normal sized girl. Never let them put you down, you are more than awesome!!

  3. Meghna says:

    She is so beautiful! It’s a great thing to know yourself as well as she does. That’s half the battle in life, finding yourself. Now that she’s got that out of the way, she can continue to do other amazing things.

  4. kit says:

    She’s really beautiful, inside and out.
    Love Adele so much!!!

  5. Shelly says:

    I wish I knew myself that well at that age. Hell, I wish I knew myself that well now! Love her. the pics are gorgeous too.

  6. Happy21 says:

    I just looked at the photos. I want to get the mag and read it there so I’ll just comment on the photos…


    I always thought her gorgeous though so I’m not surprised!

  7. Ogechi says:

    Confident, beautiful, talented & blessed Adele. I so love her!

  8. Karl Lagerfeld can SUCK IT!! She’s gorgeous.

  9. fabchick says:

    she has such a beautiful face. love these pics

  10. UniqJazz says:

    Ughh i hate when people I like end up getting too exposed and saying too much. I like it better when she was a little more mysterious. When you start revealing too much, you lose your appeal. She’s cool and talented. I didn’t realized she cursed soo much. She doesn’t need to tell people she is always in the mood to do IT. She is a singer and song writer. I dont understand people getting into other’s personal lives. I understand curiousity. But don’t reveal too much !Just my opinion. I like mysterious people. I really hope she doesn’t get too exposed. I like her pictures. She’s gorgeous. I’m glad she won album of the year at the grammy’s. I’m glad she knows her self so well at such a young age !

    • HA! says:

      Yeah..i was a bit disillusioned when i heard her curse in the 60 minute interview. I sort of had a more lady like idea of hers from her looks. But that sailor’s mouth does not sit well at all with most decent men unless it’s done behind closed doors while getting kinky. Most men want a lady in the street who can be a freak in bed.

  11. Franny says:

    god. I just love her. I’m sitting at work listening to her music. Hometown Glory just chills me to the bone.

    I know some people are going to come in here and be all “SEEEEE! SHE DID WANT TO LOSE WEIGHT! SHE ISN’T SO GREAT AND SECURE!”

    She gave up drinking, is very busy focusing on her career, is over her heart break and therefore maybe improving herself there, recently had surgery, and is no longer a teenager. All of these things can add up to losing weight. She looks amazing, real.

    I can’t wait to see what the future holds for her.

    • Lis says:

      I agree.

      Her weight, and how she feels about it is no one’s business but her own.

      She has no obligation to be the poster girl for “normal” (as opposed to “abnormal”?) or “curvy”/”heavy”/”fat”/whatever women – no more than she has an obligation to lose weight.

      Her body, her choice.

      She is an individual. People need to stop using her body and weight as a proxy in the Body Wars.

    • nina says:

      yeah, people have taken her remarks out of context. She seemed to be saying she didn’t feel pressure to be a tiny sexy thing to do music. That’s a professional siutation she’s speaking of. That doesn’t mean she’s committed herself personally to being the weight she was forever. It just means she doesn’t want to trim down simply to be a pop star.

    • MrsNix says:

      I’ve never thought that just because she was comfortable in her body (any larger woman in the public, for that matter), that it follows she’s betraying something or being hypocritical to lose weight or improve her health in other ways later.

      I don’t get that angry response with a women who is overweight gradually reduces through healthier choices. It doesn’t mean she was lying about being totally okay with herself before.

      She looks gorgeous, and it’s not ALL photoshop. She has been looking a bit healthier lately. Less heavy and just lovely and round in all the right spots. Gorgeous woman.

  12. lucy2 says:

    Those photos are lovely. Her bone structure and eyes are gorgeous.
    It’s easy to forget she’s so young, she seems very mature, and yes, she does really know herself. The difference between her and some other young actresses/singers is astounding, and I mean that as a huge compliment to her.

  13. brin says:

    I think she’ll be just fine. She’s self-aware but not self-centered.
    She may end up having it all…career, family, vegetable garden.
    These pictures are beautiful. Love her!

  14. Delta Juliet says:

    Gah! Looks AND sounds gorgeous! I would be seriously jealous if I didn’t love her so much.

  15. alibeebee says:

    her face! her face is divine she’s got that old world beauty.. not these skinny rat faced looks people are trying to shove down our throats as beautiful. she’s a true beauty inside and out! and she is a bigger girl.. my sister is a bigger girl but she has curves in the right places and when my sister walks into a room the men stare Adele to me has this quality she can make men stare and drool photo #3 is the perfect example of this

  16. annabelle says:

    Ok. No one else seems to be saying it, so maybe it’s just me…but IMO she has lost weight. I have no problem with that, it’s her body to live in, but I think that has contributed to the magazines being more willing to show more of that body.

  17. Asli says:

    Lol at the stab at Swifty. Yes. Would rather listen to Adele than a tween-wannabe.

  18. mek821 says:

    Could she be more incredible?! No, she could not. She is the whole package-beauty, talent, personality and then some.

  19. LeeLoo says:

    My experience with dating older men ended badly so I worry about her hooking up with older men. But she seems like a smart cookie so I won’t worry too much unless she hooks up with Amy Winehouse’s ex. I do agree with her about the bearish men. I love big bearish manly men!

    Also, is it just me or did they totally photoshop her body? She seemed slightly thinner last night (which I contribute to her throat surgery) but she looks even thinner in these photos.

  20. the original bellaluna says:

    I’d love to go to a pub with her and just hang out.

  21. boo says:

    I love that little dimple on her chin and she is absolutely lovely, and what a talent. So happy she swept the Grammys, I watched it only for Adele and was so happy when she got all those awards.

  22. Amanda G says:

    I think losing her voice for a few months was the best thing for her. She was able to stay grounded and take everything in instead of pushing herself and becoming overexposed. Beyonce, Rihanna, take note! You don’t need to be on every magazine cover and put out 5 singles at once to be popular.

  23. RobN says:

    I wouldn’t go too overboard on the “knows herself” bit. She’s still really young; she’s going to look back at this interview when she’s 35 and laugh her ass off at how sure of everything she sounded.

  24. nina says:

    gorgeous girl. Very funny too, loved the part where she said what the exes would probably say about her. There’s something very vulnerable about her, but she’s a smart, talented cookie.

  25. iseepinkelefants says:

    I don’t get it, do people not realize this isn’t her first album? That she’s been around since like 2007? It irks me that people are like “have you heard Adele?” and I’m like uh I’ve had her on my MP3 player for years!

    I wonder if it ever bothers her that she’s only been really recognized now. 19 was a great album. She’s more than just “21″.

    • heathnic says:

      This is exactly what I think when people proclaim their love for Adele. Anymore, I listen to “19″ over “21″ because those songs feel more special and less hyped and visible (does that make sense?).

    • Jayna says:

      No, all of the 18 million people don’t know she had a first album or vaguely remember the song Chasing Pavements. I love 19, but 21 was a phenomenon that has had people buying this album for over a year now and kept the album high on the charts.

    • Mari says:

      Maybe in the English speaking world, but she probaby went famous worldwide and entered the radio stations ( in my country) just since last year… We do not speak English, but they do play the most popular international songs.

    • Shannon says:

      It makes me laugh when songs I’ve been listening to on The Current (they stream online if you don’t live in MN) for over a year suddenly make it big in the mainstream music world. One of the perks of being an indie fan is that you get to hear awesome new music before everyone else :P Bon Iver is the same way, so were Kings of Leon.

  26. jen7waters says:

    I love her hair :)

    She reminds me a bit of Kate Winslet.

  27. Orange Cone says:

    I LOVE me some Adele, but a couple of those photos she looks like a nice Ursula, witch of the sea?

  28. Kiyoshigirl says:

    Her weight is just fine but the fact that Vogue photo shopped her into a twig proves they don’t think so. Shame on them. She rocks and deserves all the accolades.

  29. Grace says:

    One of the greatest singers ever is the late Freddie Mercury and he had painful polyps too. Brave man. Elected not to have the surgery nor to fix his teeth for fear of affecting his voice. So he suffered. He was great to the end.

    Adele is so gorgeous.

  30. Erin says:

    of course they put her in a corset and ‘shop the hell out of her.

    she is GORGEOUS though. she is one of my ginger heroes.

  31. aprayerforthewildatheart says:

    Looking at these photos, I’m having trouble understanding why this woman is referred to as very overweight. What I see is a curvy woman who is attractive, and looks perfectly healthy. Is there major Photoshop at play here? I’m just not getting the weight thing.

    Other than that I loved the term she used for girls night out “hen night”. LOL!

    • kazoo says:

      Well you have to consider the photoshop. Also, as someone who’s been following her career from the beginning, she’s lost a little bit of weight recently.

      Plus you know…all female celebrities are considered fat if they’re not a size 6 or less.

    • Lara says:

      A hen night just isn’t any girls night out – it’s the British term for what I guess Americans call a Bachelorette party, the night out before a girl gets married. No wonder she was annoyed!

      • EmmaStoneWannabe says:

        I surely hope her bestie wouldn’t plan her engagement party the night of Adele’s Grammy’s. That’s crazy if the case! Hope it was just another girl’s night out. Sidenote: if you get to see her DVD, “Live at Royal Albert Hall” (AMAZING), she does a big shoutout to her best friend who is there. It was beyond sweet.

      • Lara says:

        No not an engagement party, it’s held just before the actual wedding and it celebrates the bride-to-be last night of ‘freedom’ and usually involves lots of alcohol, fancy dress and a stripper or maybe thats just the one’s I’ve been on!

  32. T.C. says:

    I love her statement about not doing any more break-up songs and that’s it’s o.k. to date her because she won’t put her business out there. Taylor Swift, are you paying attention girlfriend? Adele looks beautiful. They should have gotten more shots of her in pretty dresses instead of just face and boob shots. There are many plus size women who like fashion.

  33. sam says:

    She seriously has one of the most beautiful faces i have ever seen. so pretty.

  34. dj says:

    I saw her on an Anderson Cooper interview. Anderson looked like he enjoyed being with her. She was adorable and charming. Adele giggled a lot and it showed a big (mostly) empty country house. She is over “over sharing” her life and the paparazzi. I love her after that interview! Congrats on all the Grammies! How great is it she just stands there and sings?

  35. MrsNix says:

    I would kill for that head of hair. Man…gorgeous hair. SOOO jealous.

  36. Miss Beca says:

    Jesus, her face is just perfection.

  37. Gia says:

    Gorgeous and beautiful. She has great bone structure and is plenty young. She has lost a lot of weight and I think some speculate lap band – don’t know.

    Love her music and voice but am tiring of her quickly after the awards accolades and the fact that she shows little decorum in interviews. Every other word being “F” this and that.

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  39. T.C. says:

    She has no control over the pictures. That’s all on Vogue and what they think their reader’s prefer. adele looks beautiful in everyday life so doubt she wants to have herself photoshopped by choice.