Adele Explains Why There Are Large Gaps Between Her Albums

Adele at the 42nd BRIT Awards in 2022
Adele at the 42nd BRIT Awards in 2022. Photo by Anthony Harvey/Shutterstock (12795945bt)

Adele’s music is always worth the wait, but she sure does love to keep us waiting. The Grammy-winning hitmaker discussed large gaps between her albums in a recent interview and explained why it takes her such a long time to release new music.

Adele recently set down for an in-depth interview with The Hollywood Reporter, ahead of the magazine’s annual Women in Entertainment gala, where she received the Sherry Lansing Leadership Award. One of the topics that came up during the ceremony was the large gap between her studio albums.

Adele said she wonders if people think she’s calculated and elusive when she disappears for years, but that was never her goal. The singer explained she gave birth to her son at the height of her popularity, after her second album 21 came out, and added many people would consider this “career suicide.”

“It was there and then that I chose to reject the scarcity of success, and the idea that you have to be constantly relevant to be successful. And that perhaps, just maybe, I could be a hit both on and off the stage. And you’ll never guess what – I f—ing got away with it!” said Adele.

Her third studio album 25 came out four years after 21, but it then took her six years to release 30 in 2021. She told The Hollywood Reporter that she has “nothing to say yet” about new music because she’s too busy with her ongoing Las Vegas residency.