Image via i-D / Alasdair McLellan

Image via i-D / Alasdair McLellan

It’s been four years since Adele released her sophomore album 21 in 2011 but Adele is finally ready to get back into the groove of things. On Friday, Adele shared the video for “Hello,” the first single from her upcoming album 25—which was widely received with joy and tears, just like any other Adele song. Now i-D shares an exclusive interview with the singer, her first in three years. 

When Adele was younger, she had decided that she wanted to be a heart surgeon after the traumatic passing of her grandfather. “I wanted to fix people’s hearts,” said Adele. Though she soon gave up on the medical aspect of that dream, after hearing rough cuts of her first album, Adele’s mother explained that in away she was still accomplishing her childhood goal through her music.

Adele shared her creative process with i-D, saying that when she’s finally ready to begin writing again she buys a new notebook and starts fresh. “I do it every album. I buy a new pad, sniff it—’cause smell is important—and then I get a big, fat sharpie and write my age on the front page. 25 has five exclamation marks after it ’cause I was like, ‘How the fuck did that happen?!’ 21 to 25.” Revealing that this new album focuses on reflecting on the past and getting older.

The growth and maturity that Adele has experienced in these few short years are sure to be apparent within her new music. There’s no time to dwell on the trivial details from the past like she once did. “Oh yeah, I used to fucking love the drama of all of it, but now I’m a mum I only have so much head space. I’ve got to clear a lot of stuff the fuck out, which is really therapeutic, ’cause I can really hold a grudge. Life is so much easier when you don’t hoard your past.” In short, it seems 25 will be about getting closure and finally moving on—so go ahead and prepare those boxes of tissues now.

Read the full interview here.