Following months of denying that she and her longtime boyfriend Simon Konecki were breaking up, pop singer Adele sat down with Oprah Winfrey for an interview and an album release interview, during which she discussed the reasons for the break-up.
In the interview set to air on Jan. 23, the one-time “Great British Bake Off” judge described the end of the union to Winfrey as “difficult.” When Winfrey asked Adele, 33, if they had grown apart, the singer responded: “Yes, we did,” adding, “I think we were at a point where we needed to take a break.”
Oprah said: “Is it because you did not feel fulfilled creatively?”
Adele told Winfrey: “Well, it’s a lot to leave behind. It is, and that’s something that I’ve had to come to terms with, is that things just don’t feel the same. It’s … tough. But I’m fine.”
Adele previously hinted that a split was in the cards, writing in an August 2017 Instagram post: “Wow my heart has just gotten so much bigger … It’s not the end of a relationship it’s the beginning of something new. It’s been the best love story I’ve ever had to read.”
She then posted photos on Instagram of a vacation she and Konecki had taken to Cannes in July, adding: “Sorry I’m late on posting I was really looking forward to posting lots of photos from my trip to see everyone at home, but unfortunately there’s only so many memories I can take in my head.”
Adele has long been viewed as one of the most down-to-earth stars, recently releasing her music video for the hit single “Hello” in which she dresses like an average passerby while performing onstage in what appears to be a park on the ocean. A trip to the world famous Frank Gehry-designed Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain — where she not only admired work by Gehry but spent a moment talking with Prime Minister Juncker — has been immortalized in her upcoming album of the same name.
During the interview, Winfrey also asks Adele about her Emmy Awards speech, in which she thanked Beyoncé for being “a beautiful, strong, powerful woman,” another woman who the singer has been portrayed as not supporting. She said that she started the speech as a thank you “to every woman who felt like they couldn’t be their true self,” adding that she recently found out that just weeks after the 2017 Emmys she was a guest on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” and she asked him why she was going to the Emmys in the first place.
“And he was like, ‘Look, she accepted the award, she didn’t give it away,’” Adele told Winfrey. “And I just, I got this in my head that there’s some kind of conspiracy of ‘Why did you do the Emmys, Adele?’ Well, I did it because I wanted to see Meryl Streep and see Oprah Winfrey. And you know what? All I can say is Oprah, it was the most inspiring thing I’ve ever experienced.”