Adele has finally released her first new track in five years – Easy On Me.
The highly-anticipated single was teased last week, along with the release of her upcoming album 30; and fans sat patiently on YouTube at midnight on Friday to hear it for the first time.
Along with the music video – which sees the star, 33, pack up her house and drive away, as pages of sheet music flutter out of the windows onto the road – the single went down a storm with fans who took to Twitter to claim it was giving them ‘goosebumps’ and making them ‘sob’.
It’s out! Adele has finally released her first new track in five years – Easy On Me
Adele revealed this week that Easy On Me, as well as 30, will be about the ‘inner turmoil’ she felt as she divorced ex-husband Simon Konecki.
The lyrics include the lines, ‘We’re both so deeply stuck in our ways, you can’t deny how hard I’ve tried. I changed who I was to put you both first,’ as well as ,’Go easy on me. I was still a child, didn’t get the chance to feel the world around me, had no time to choose, what I chose to do, so go easy on me…’
She chants: ‘I had good intentions and high hopes but I know it now probably doesn’t even show.’
The video transfers from a black and white filter to colour halfway through, and starts with the singer on the phone, telling someone she’s on her way and that she might lose signal.
Fans voiced their approval on social media, with one simply penning: ‘Adele’s new song = goosebumps! Never in doubt of that queen!’
Emotive: The highly-anticipated single was teased last week, along with the release of her upcoming album 30; and fans sat patiently on YouTube at midnight on Friday to hear it for the first time
Dramatic! The music video sees the star, 33, pack up her house, windows open and curtains billowing
Hit the road! She drives away, as pages of sheet music flutter out of the windows onto the street
Another agreed: ‘Goosebumps listening to that new Adele drop. What a beautiful song man!’
A third chimed in: ‘Literally goosebumps all over, Adele is just incredible! Literally goosebumps all over my body!!’
Another joked, ‘Currently crying and throwing up at this new Adele!’ as someone else agreed: ‘Adele really got us single ass people crying over a breakup that never happened!’
Others penned, ‘One minute into the new Adele song and I started sobbing,’ and: ‘If the rest of Adele’s album is like “Easy on me”, I will most definitely be sobbing the entire time!’
Liking it, are you? Fans took to Twitter to gush over the song after waiting five years for it
Another impassioned fan wrote: ‘I love the fact that Adele chose a side profile for her cover art because it makes it all so much more beautifully vulnerable… this will be a devastating but tender and honest album, and I’m already sobbing with sadness and joy all at once!’
Adele – Easy On Me lyrics
There ain’t no gold in this river
That I been washin’ my hands in forever
I know there is hope in these waters
But I can’t bring myself to swim
When I am drownin’ in the silence
Baby, let me in
Go easy on me, baby
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
So go easy on me
There ain’t no room for a thing to change
When we are both so deeply stuck in our ways
You can’t deny how hard I’ve tried
I changed who I was to put you both first
But now I give up
I had good intentions
And the highest hopes
But I know it now
It probably doesn’t even show
Taking to Instagram on Wednesday, Adele confirmed the new album’s release date will be November 19, adding a lengthy note in which she explained that she finally felt ready to release her music.
She wrote: ‘I was certainly nowhere to near where I’d hoped to be when I first started it nearly 3 years ago.
‘Quite the opposite actually. I rely on routine and consistency to feel safe, I always have. And yet there I was knowingly – willingly even, throwing myself into a maze of absolute mess and inner turmoil!
‘I’ve learned a lot of blistering home truths about myself along the way. I’ve shed many layers but also wrapped myself in new ones.
‘Discovered genuinely useful and wholesome materials to lead with, and I felt like I’ve finally found my feeling again. I’d go as far to say that I’ve never felt this peaceful in my life.’
Adele told how she sought support from the album writing process, which left her ‘sobbing relentlessly’.
She wrote: ‘And so, I’m ready to finally put this album out. It was my ride or die throughout the most turbulent period of my life. When I was writing it, it was my friend who came over with a bottle of wine and a takeaway to cheer me up.
‘My wise friend who always gives the best advice. Not to forget the one who’s wild and says “It’s your Saturn babes f**k it, you only live once”.
‘The friend who’d stay up all night and just hold my while I’d sob relentlessly not knowing why. The get up and go friend who would pick me up and take me out somewhere I said I didn’t want to go but just wanted to get me out the house for some vitamin D.
‘That friend who snuck in and left a magazine with a face mask and some bath salts to make me feel loved while inadvertently reminding me not only what month it actually was but that I should probably exercise some self care.
‘And then that friend who no matter what, checked in on me even thought 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. Home is where the heart is x’.
Adele and charity CEO Simon, 47, announced they were going their separate ways in April 2019, with Adele filing court documents five months later.
The couple – who dated for seven years and were married for two – co-parent their son Angelo, eight.
Their divorce was finalised in March this year, and Simon is believed to live in one of the three houses on Adele’s Beverly Hills compound so that he can be close to Angelo.
News of the album release date comes after Adele shared a first look at the single cover for Easy On Me on Tuesday.
The Someone Like You songstress looked stunning in the black and white teaser shot that was shared to her Instagram with the caption: ‘Easy On Me – October 15 – Midnight UK.’
In colour: The video changes from a black and white filter, to a colour one
Release: Taking to Instagram on Wednesday, Adele confirmed the album’s release date and title alongside a lengthy note in which she explained that she finally felt ready to release her music
Adele wrote: ‘I rely on routine and consistency to feel safe, I always have. And yet there I was knowingly – willingly even, throwing myself into a maze of absolute mess and inner turmoil!’
Former flames: Adele and charity CEO Simon Konecki, 47, announced they were going their separate ways in April 2019, with Adele filing court documents five months later (pictured in 2012)
Eagerly-anticipated: News of the album release date comes after Adele shared a first look at the single cover for Easy On Me on Tuesday
She announced: ‘Easy On Me – October 15 – Midnight UK’
Adele sent fans into meltdown when she played a clip of the song during her very first Instagram live stream on Saturday.
The star, who admitted she would get into trouble by her management, pressed play on the track in which she likened her emotions to a river.
The vocal powerhouse also opened up about her mental health during the candid chat, revealing she takes it on a ‘day-by-day’ basis but feels it is ‘very good’ currently.
‘My mental health is very good at the moment. I take it day-by-day and I address whatever comes my way,’ she admitted.
‘It definitely helps me feel better if I take my time. Writing my music… yeah it’s been really therapeutic for sure.
‘I think I lost the appreciation for that. I got things out that I didn’t want to say out loud and talk about,’ the Hello hitmaker added.
‘What’s my next album going to be based on? Divorce, babe, divorce,’ the Tottenham-raised beauty quipped.
Adele also wasn’t shy of dipping her toes into the Free Britney movement, telling viewers that she had met the ‘lovely’ star a few times and is glad she’s happy.
Surprise! It comes after Adele sent fans into meltdown as she played a clip of the single during her very first Instagram live stream on Saturday
She’s back! She recently took to Twitter to reveal her new song’s title
The ’30’ title falls in line with Adele’s preferred way of naming her records, with all three of her studio albums named after her age.
Her debut album 19 was released in 2008, followed by 21 in 2011 and 25 in 2015.
As Adele has followed the previous pattern, the 30 album has plenty of inspiration, having been the age she separated from ex-husband Simon.
The Brit Award winner recently broke her silence on her divorce, recalling the heartbreaking moment their son Angelo asked, ‘Don’t you love my dad anymore?’
Speaking to American Vogue in her first interview in five years, Adele revealed she hopes her new album, in which she sings about her divorce, will help Angelo understand what happened when he’s older.
Tease: A series of ’30’ billboards popped up across the globe to promote the new record
She explained: ‘He has so many simple questions for me that I can’t answer, because I don’t know the answer. Like, “Why can’t we still live together?”
”That’s just not what people do when they get divorced.”
”But why not?”
‘I’m like, “I don’t f***ing know.” That’s not what society does.’
‘And, “Why don’t you love my dad anymore?” and I’d be like, “I do love your dad. I’m just not in love.” I can’t make that make sense to a nine-year-old.’
Talented: The ’30’ title falls in line with Adele’s preferred way of naming her records, with all three of her studio albums named after her age
Adele also admitted she struggled with talking to their son about her separation, causing her so much anxiety that her therapist suggested she record herself speaking to Angelo so she could remember what had been said.
She told British Vogue: ‘Obviously Simon and I never fought over him or anything like that. Angelo’s just like, “I don’t get it.”
‘I don’t really get it either. There are rules that are made up in society of what happens and doesn’t happen in marriage and after marriage, but I’m a very complex person.’
She added: ‘When I was 30, my entire life fell apart and I had no warning of it.’
Yet insisting there was no bad blood between the pair, she added: ‘It just wasn’t… It just wasn’t right for me any more. I didn’t want to end up like a lot of other people I knew. I wasn’t miserable miserable, but I would have been miserable had I not put myself first. But, yeah, nothing bad happened or anything like that.’
Split: Adele recently broke her silence on her divorce, recalling the heartbreaking moment their son Angelo asked, ‘Don’t you love my dad anymore?’ (pictured in 2013)
Despite their separation, Adele has no regrets, saying she chose the ‘perfect person’ to have a child with.
Elsewhere, she confirmed that she and her new boyfriend, sports agent Rich Paul, 39, are ‘very happy’ and has revealed that he’s ‘frazzled’ by her huge, global fame.
She also told American Vogue in a separate profile published Thursday, that Rich ‘just incredibly arrived’ days before her estranged father passed away from cancer aged 57 in May this year, after the pair fell out in 2011.
The cockney star introduced Rich – who represents LeBron James – to the interviewer, who noted how the singer beamed with, ‘Hi, darlin’!’ when he walked into the photoshoot.
‘Yes, we’re together,’ Adele confirmed in the interview, adding: ‘We’re very happy.’
What a pair! Elsewhere, she confirmed that she and her new boyfriend, sports agent Rich Paul, 39, are ‘very happy’ and has revealed that he’s ‘frazzled’ by her huge, global fame