Trust us, Adele's new album was worth the years-long wait.
On Saturday, the singer sampled new music for the first time in five years, and fans are getting emotional. During her Instagram Live debut, Adele previewed her latest single "Easy on Me" — which will be released in full on Oct. 15 — without any warning. Towards the end of her video chat, she leaked a snippet of the ballad despite the fact that she "might get in trouble for playing it." With piano backing her voice, Adele sings, "There ain't no gold in this river / That I've been washing my hands in forever / I know there is hope in these waters," she sings. "But I can't bring myself to swim / When I am drowning in this silence / Baby, let me in."
"That's it. That's all I'm going to play," she shared. Following the unexpected teaser, fans were understandably beside themselves. "Adele's new album already has me in a chokehold and it's not even out yet," tweeted one, while another added: "Man this song already got me sad & it's only 30 seconds."
When asked what the album would be about during the Live session, Adele put it simply, "Divorce, babe. Divorce." She added, "Writing my music has been really therapeutic, for sure." In a new interview with British Vogue, she elaborated, telling the magazine that the track "Easy on Me" was actually written for her son, Angelo, to listen to when he's older.
"My son has had a lot of questions. Really good questions, really innocent questions, that I just don't have an answer for. Like? 'Why can't you still live together?'" she said. "I just felt like I wanted to explain to him, through this record, when he's in his twenties or thirties, who I am and why I voluntarily chose to dismantle his entire life in the pursuit of my own happiness. It made him really unhappy sometimes. And that's a real wound for me that I don't know if I'll ever be able to heal."
Adele continued, "It's not like anyone's having a go at me, but it's like, I left the marriage. Be kind to me as well. It was the first song I wrote for the album and then I didn't write anything else for six months after because I was like, 'OK, well, I've said it all.'"
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