It's been 4 1/2 years since Adele released 21, and in that time she experimented and wrote many songs. In fact, she had entire album ready to go.
"I did write an album about being a mum," she revealed to BBC Radio 1's Nick Grimshaw of creating a record about her two-year-old son, Angelo. "But that's pretty boring. I scrapped that."
Adele added that becoming a parent made it "a bit difficult" to get back into the headspace of making an album since she was "out of the habit of writing songs." But after finally realizing what she wanted to write about, things started to flow.
On Friday (Oct. 23), the world got to hear her latest single, "Hello," an emotional heartfelt ballad that she calls extremely "intimate," and not about one person in particular but rather everybody she fell out of touch with in her past.
"I felt like like a lot of stuff in my life has changed and not just because of my career," Adele explained, "but just because stuff changes as you get older and I found myself yearning for my past for no reason other than it had gone and I missed elements of it and I didn't want to be back there, I just missed elements. I felt all of us were moving on again; ['Hello' is] not about an ex-love relationship, it's about everyone that I love."
The singer is set to drop her third album, 25 on November 20, but said she isn't putting pressure on herself to top her Grammy award-winning 21.
"I feel like every album I ever write is always going to be following 21. No matter what this album does, my next record will be following 21," she said. "It was phenomenal what happened with that, but it is a phenomena, so I can't really include it in any expectations of anything I ever do again."