She is at the peak of her musical powers, but reports have emerged that Adele, whose hit song Hello dominated the charts in 2015, could be about to hang up the microphone.
British newspapers reported over the Easter weekend that the 27-year-old songstress told friends she will put her music career on hold for the next five years to focus on bringing up her son, Angelo, who is three years old.
“She has told her closest pals she will step away from the limelight for five years before she next brings out an album,” a source close to the star said, according to The Sun.
“She’s still very new to motherhood and doesn’t want to miss out on Angelo growing up. It will be a hard thing for fans to hear.”
The report said the break would begin at the end of her current world tour, which has lifted her career to new heights. Adele’s last album, 25, went straight to number one in more than 25 countries and became the best-selling album of 2015.
According to Forbes, the singing sensation’s third album sold more than 15 million copies across all markets, with eight million sales in the United States alone.
It would be the second time the singer has stepped away from the stage to focus on being a mum. After the release of her second album, 21, which was the biggest-selling album globally in 2011 and 2012, she took a break to focus on her newborn. She returned to write the material for 25.
Adele may not be raking in as much as, say, Taylor Swift, but she isn’t doing too badly; with an estimated network of about $75 million, the British singer can certainly afford to take a little bit of time off.
While her vocal abilities continue to leave fans in awe, Adele has also become increasingly outspoken – even political – in recent times.
When British chef Jamie Oliver, 40, revealed his intention to launch a campaign to get more women breastfeeding, Adele used her gig at London’s O2 Arena to vent on the subject.
“Do you know what? The pressure on us is f***ing ridiculous and all those people who put pressure on us can go f*** yourselves. Right.”
The songstress previously admitted she struggled to breastfeed her son for more than nine weeks, saying that “some of us can’t do it”.
“Some of my mates got post-natal depression from the way those midwives were talking. Idiots,” The Sun reported.
She also used her time on stage to reprimand the terrorists of last week’s attacks in Belgium, which killed at least 31 people and injured more than 270.
“Let’s make enough noise so they can hear us from here, right? We’re all here for the same reason,” she said during the show, which was captured by a fan.
“I’m hoping you’ve all come to be entertained by me. I’m here to entertain you, so we’re all united, so that makes us much better than them f***ers. You’re on your own, you f***ers.”
But Adele isn’t always so generous with her music, especially when it acts as a soundtrack for controversial political campaigns.
When she found out that Donald Trump had been using parts of Rollin’ In The Deep to promote his political campaign, the billionaire Republican was swiftly asked to stop.
A statement from Adele’s representative said the singer had not given permission for her music to be used “for any political campaigning”, heavily implying the artists did not want to associate herself with the polarising businessman.