Adele keeps breaking record after record, and her new song “Hello” proves that even after all the time off, she’s still got it. But even through superstardom, the 27-year-old singer has kept her distance from the media. She’s avoided commercials, paparazzi, and public appearances more than almost any celebrity on her level, and in a recent interview with The Observer, she explains the opportunities she’s given up in the process.
“What have I said no to? Everything you can imagine. Literally every fucking thing. Books, clothes, food ranges, drink ranges, fitness ranges … that’s probably the funniest. They wanted me to be the face of a car. Toys. Apps. Candles. It’s like, I don’t want to endorse a line of nail varnishes, but thanks for asking. A million pounds to sing at your birthday party? I’d rather do it for free if I’m doing it, cheers.”
But despite the unwillingness to bend to corporations’ wants, Adele insists that she’s not holed up in her home. “I’m not a recluse… Can we clear that up, please? I didn’t stop going to shops. To parks. To museums. I just wasn’t photographed while doing it.”