Adele on working with Blur’s Damon Albarn: “Don’t Meet Your Idol”

The British singer opens up about her experience working with the Blur frontman

The release of Adele’s junior album 25 is quickly approaching, and Adele has been opening up about her absence in the past three years after the release of “Hello”.

The British singer has already revealed a number of details on the new album, along with collaborators and writers who brought the album to life. We already know that production superstars Rick Rubin and Max Martin worked on the album, along with Tobias Jesso Jr., Ryan Tedder and Bruno Mars. Blur/Gorillaz frontman Damon Albarn was also part of that process briefly, but brushed it off saying he didn’t think “any of the stuff” they worked on would make the cut, calling her work was “very middle of the road”.

In an interview with Rolling Stone this week, Adele commented on the matter, “It ended up being one of those ‘don’t meet your idol’ moments,” she explained. “And the saddest thing was that I was such a big Blur fan growing up. But it was sad, and I regret hanging out with him.”

She continued, addressing Albarn’s comment on her being too “insecure”. “He said I was insecure, when I’m the least-insecure person I know,” she said. “I was asking his opinion about my fears, about coming back with a child involved – because he has a child – and then he calls me insecure?”

Talking about her absence, Adele attributes her inspiration to back to music after having a child to Madonna’s 1998 Ray of Light album. “I was so all over the place after having a child, just because my chemicals were just hitting the fucking roof and shit like that,” she said. “I was just drifting away and I couldn’t find that many examples for myself where I was like, ‘Fuck, they truly came back to themselves,’ until someone was like, ‘Well, obviously, Ray of Light’.”

Adele’s new album 25 comes out November 20th. “Hello” is the first track released from that album, which is the highest selling UK song in three years.