Adele opens up on divorce in highly personal comeback single Easy On Me

By Keiran Southern, PA Los Angeles Correspondent & Alan Johnson

Pop superstar Adele has lifted the lid on a turbulent time in her life in her first new material for six years, the single Easy On Me.

Since her 2015 album 25, the 33-year old has divorced from charity boss husband Simon Konecki in 2019 and sparked a new romance with US sports agent Rich Paul.

Adele said her forthcoming album 30, which will be released in November, was her attempt at explaining the divorce to eight-year-old son Angelo.

Easy On Me sees the singer appear to directly address Konecki and their son while explaining why she left her marriage.

In a moving black and white video for the song, which was filmed in Canada last month, the singer can be seen taking a last look around an empty house before picking up her suitcase, putting on sunglasses and leaving.

She then climbs into her car and drives off, passing a "sold" sign outside what was their family home.

"Go easy on me, baby," Adele sings over a piano as she drives past a newlywed couple.

"I was still a child, didn’t get the chance to feel the world around me, I had no time to choose what I chose to do."

Later, seemingly speaking to Konecki and Angelo, she sings: "You can’t deny how hard I tried, I changed who I was to put you both first but now I give up.

"I had good intentions, and I had these hopes, but I know it now, it probably doesn’t even show."

The release is one of the most eagerly anticipated follow-ups in recent times.

Her previous albums – 19, 21 and 25 – have all been global hits. With sky-high expectations for 30, the singer took to her Twitter account to explain her state of mind whilst producing the album.

She said the record served as "my friend who came over with a bottle of wine and a takeaway to cheer me up".

She continued: "My wise friend who always gives the best advice. Not to forget the one who’s wild and says 'It’s your Saturn return babes f*** it, you only live once'.

"The friend who’d stay up all night and just hold my hand while I’d sob relentlessly not knowing why."

"And then that friend who no matter what, checked in on me even though I’d stopped checking in with them because I’d become so consumed by my own grief.

"I’ve painstakingly rebuilt my house and my heart since then and this album narrates it."

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