The singer, 33, recalled how she started to become famous around the time Amy died and said she she always had a ‘close relationship’ with alcohol.
Speaking to Vogue, she said: ‘I got really famous right as Amy Winehouse died. And we watched her die right in front of our eyes.’
Candid: Adele has revealed she worried she would spiral out of control like Amy Winehouse following her tragic death
‘I’ve always had a very close relationship with alcohol. I was always very fascinated by alcohol. It’s what kept my dad from me. So I always wanted to know what was so great about it.’
Adele said she started playing the guitar because of Amy’s first album Frank, released in 2003.
She said: ‘She means the most to me out of all artists. Because she was British. Because she was amazing. Because she was tortured. Because she was so funny.’
Adele told how she became uncomfortable with fame and at one point even considered quitting music altogether.
Tragedy: The singer, 33, recalled how she started to become famous around the time Amy died and said she she always had a ‘close relationship’ with alcohol (Amy pictured in 2007)
Eventually, Adele decided to become a ‘recluse’ for a while to help her deal with her increasing fame.
The singer stated that giving birth to her son Angelo, eight, ‘anchored her’ and credited both him and her ex-husband Simon Konecki for saving her, saying she believes there is a reason her former partner came into her life.
Adele and Simon welcomed their son in October 2012 after they began dating the previous year.
They married in 2016 with their divorce finalised in 2021, however they remain on good terms.
She said: ‘I got really famous right as Amy Winehouse died. And we watched her die right in front of our eyes’ (Adele pictured in 2011)
Amy soared to fame upon the release of Frank in 2003, as she gained both critical and commercial success with the debut as her jazz-inspired vocals won fans all over before her second album Back To Black’s release three years later.
As she ascended higher on the fame ladder she discovered her demons – in drink, drugs and also eating disorders, which her brother Alex insists contributed to her death.
In 2011, an inquest gave a verdict of misadventure after finding that she had 416mg of alcohol per decilitre in her blood.
A second inquest in 2013 confirmed that she died of accidental alcohol poisoning.
Family: The singer stated that giving birth to her son Angelo ‘anchored her’ and credited both him and her ex-husband Simon Konecki for saving her
This is more than five times the legal drink-drive limit and enough to cause her to become comatose and depress her respiratory system.
In a June 2013 interview, her brother Alex said he believed her eating disorder, and the consequent physical weakness, was the primary cause of her death.
He said: ‘She suffered from bulimia very badly. That’s not, like, a revelation – you knew just by looking at her…
‘She would have died eventually, the way she was going, but what really killed her was the bulimia… I think that it left her weaker and more susceptible. Had she not had an eating disorder, she would have been physically stronger.’
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Adele covers the November issues of British and American Vogue.
Icon: Amy passed away in 2011 with an inquest finding her death was due to accidental alcohol poisoning (pictured in 2007)
Adele in her own words as she makes huge return to the spotlight in British and US Vogue
On her divorce from Simon Konecki: ‘I was just going through the motions and I wasn’t happy. Neither of us did anything wrong. Neither of us hurt each other or anything like that. It was just: I want my son to see me really love, and be loved. It’s really important to me. I’ve been on my journey to find my true happiness ever since.’
On their son Angelo: ‘There were a few older girls who chased him around, asking if I was his mom. He was just like: ‘I think her name’s Adele, yeah. My mom. My mom.’ I’m not Adele to him. He felt like he was being bullied, because they were annoying him. I said: ‘That’s not bullying. Just say, Yeah, she’s my mom. She wiped my ass,’ she jokes.
On finding love with Rich Paul: ‘Rich just incredibly arrived. I don’t feel anxious or nervous or frazzled. It’s quite the opposite. It’s wild. I’m a 33-year-old divorced mother of a son, who’s actually in charge. The last thing I need is someone who doesn’t know where they’re at, or what they want. I know what I want. And I really know what I don’t want.’
On her weight loss: ‘It was because of my anxiety. Working out, I would just feel better. It was never about losing weight, it was always about becoming strong and giving myself as much time every day without my phone. I got quite addicted to it. I work out two or three times a day. So I do my weights in the morning, then I normally hike or I box in the afternoon, and then I go and do my cardio at night. I was basically unemployed when I was doing it. And I do it with trainers.’
On reconnecting with her father: ‘We actually got our peace, again contrary to reports. I played him my album just a week before he passed, over Zoom. One thing that definitely happened in my divorce was that it humanised my parents for me. Big time. I went to hell and back! And in that I found the peace to forgive him. He was ready to go and he lasted a long time with it. So thank you.’