Despite a high-profile record-breaking return to music this year, Adele is every bit as frank as she was when America first learned her name as a newcomer nearly a decade ago.
After selling 3.38 million copies of her surprise third studio album, 25, Adele redefined possibility with the highest-selling first week album in music history. Still, the 27-year-old Grammy winner can't quite wrap her head around why Americans have gone mad for her tracks.
"It's a bit ridiculous. I'm not even from America," she said in an interview with TIME. "Maybe they think I'm related to the Queen. Americans are obsessed with the royal family."
As a very private mother to her 3-year-old son Angelo, the British beauty also finds the realm of celebrity social media equally as bizarre.
"It's ridiculous that high-profile people have that much access to the public," she added. "How am I supposed to write a real record if I'm waiting for half a million likes on a photo? That ain't real."