In the span of less than two weeks, Adele has rocked the music world with the release of the first single off her upcoming third studio album, 25. Despite her immediate success, the singer remains cautious—fame terrifies her.
As the bare-faced damp-haired cover girl of the newest issue of Rolling Stone, the Grammy-winning singer admits that the tragic end of music idol Amy Winehouse's life is a cautionary tale to her as she experiences this meteoric rise.
"People think I hate being famous and I don't. I'm really frightened of it," she said. "I think it's really toxic, and I think it's really easy to be dragged into it. Watching Amy [Winehouse] deteriorate is one of the reasons I'm a bit frightened. We were all very entertained by her being a mess. I was f---king sad about it, but if someone showed me a picture of her looking bad, I'd look at it. If we hadn't looked, then they'd have stopped taking her picture. That level of attention is really frightening, especially if you don't live around all that showbiz stuff."
Adele is obviously shaken by the repercussions of the spotlight, having escaped the glare of the cameras since the success of "Skyfall" in 2012 and finally reemerging with her first new single, "Hello." While her hiatus had little effect on the success of the first track, which has already beaten major records including most downloads in the first week of any song, her hideout has definitely affected her knowledge of what's "cool."
"I've lost touch with music. Not, like, all music...but I feel like I don't know what's going on in the charts and in popular culture."
Don't be too concerned, however. Adele clarifies she may not be up to date on the latest lingo, but she hasn't completely lost her mind. "I've not lost touch with, like, reality—just with what's current."