Adele says her new album was recorded to help her nine-year-old son understand why she and his father got divorced.
“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,” the star told Vogue.
“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,” she added.
The 33-year-old pop superstar has given separate interviews to Vogue’s British and American editions – her first for five years – as she prepares to release her highly anticipated fourth album.
It will be titled 30 – which is the age at which she married her long-term partner Simon Konecki, and then left him.
“My entire life fell apart and I had no warning of it,” said the singer, acknowledging that she had “bit off a grenade” and threw it into her marriage.
On Tuesday, she released a short snippet of her forthcoming single, titled Easy On Me, which will be released in full on Friday, 15 October.