Pop superstar Adele has lifted the lid of a turbulent time in her life with her first new material in six years, the single Easy On Me.
Since her 2015 album 25, the 33-year-old divorced charity boss husband Simon Konecki in 2019 and sparked a new romance with US sports agent Rich Paul.
Adele said her upcoming album 30, due out in November, was her attempt to divorce eight-year-old son Angelo.
Easy On Me sees the singer address Konecki and her son directly as she explains why she left their marriage.
In a moving black and white video for the song, which was shot in Canada last month, the singer can be seen looking around an empty house one last time before picking up her suitcase, putting on sunglasses and leaving.
Then she gets in her car and drives off, past a “sold” sign in front of her family’s house.
“Go to me, baby,” Adele sings over a piano as she drives past a newly married couple.
“I was still a child, had no chance to feel the world around me, I had no time to decide what to do.”
Later she appears to be singing with Konecki and Angelo: “You can’t deny how hard I’ve tried, I’ve changed to put you two first, but now I’m giving up.
“I had good intentions and I had those hopes, but I know now, it probably won’t even show.”
The release is one of the most highly anticipated sequels in recent times.
Her previous albums – 19, 21 and 25 – were all world hits. With sky-high expectations for 30, the singer went on her Twitter account to explain her state of mind during the production of the album.
She said the plate served as “my friend who came over with a bottle of wine and a snack to cheer me up”.
She continued, “My wise friend, who always gives the best advice. Not to mention the one who goes wild and says, ‘It’s your return to Saturn, Babes, you only live once’.
“The friend who stayed up all night and just held my hand while I sobbed relentlessly, not knowing why.”
“And then this friend who, no matter what, got in touch with me even though I had stopped contacting them because I was so consumed with my own grief.
“Since then, I’ve meticulously rebuilt my home and heart, and this album tells it.”
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