No Distractions: Adele Quit Social Media to Write Record-Breaking Album


British singer Adele may be ruling the U.S. music charts, but the 25 year-old “Hello” singer has no aspirations to become the queen of social media.

The Grammy award winner revealed during a recent interview with TIME magazine how she was able to cut down on distractions while she worked her record-breaking album 25.

“Privacy is key to being able to write a real record,” she told the publication of nixing social media.

Adele has more than 90 million combined followers on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Although she does approve everything that goes out to her fans, she doesn’t personally run her pages.

“My life has changed so much, but I’ve made the realest record I can make, and it’s the real part of me,”she said. “How am I supposed to write a real record if I’m waiting for half a million likes on a f—king photo?”

She added: “That ain’t real.”

25 became the first album in history to sell more than three million copies in its first week in the U.S., and Billboard reported that 25 had the largest single sales week ever for an album since Nielsen began tracking weekly purchase in 1991.

Of her success this side of the pond, the Brit joked to TIME, “It’s a bit ridiculous… I’m not even from America.”

“Maybe they think I’m related to the Queen,” she said. “Americans are obsessed with the royal family.”

Adele also called out other artists who she feels are unlikable.

“I feel like some artists — and this isn’t shading any artist, just me trying to come up with my own explanation — the bigger they get, the more horrible they get, and the more unlikable,” she said.

She explained, “I don’t care if you make an amazing album — if I don’t like you, I ain’t getting your record. I don’t want you being played in my house if I think you’re a bastard.”

As far as mothering goes, Adele said she refuses to let her young son grow up to be a “dickhead.”

I’m very self-conscious that I have a kid, and I don’t want him being one of those dickheads, who grows up being, like, ‘Driver, driver!’ She snaps her fingers. ‘I have no clean clothes!’ Well, have you washed them? I really don’t want him growing up like that. I’m very conscious of it.

Read Adele’s full interview with TIME magazine here.