Adele Talks Postpartum Depression And The Evolution Of Her Drinking

By Kelly Burch 11/03/16

The singer spoke to Vanity Fair about mental health, drinking and why she is "too scared to ever take drugs."

Adele Talks Postpartum Depression And The Evolution Of Her Drinking

Like many young adults, singer Adele has found that her drinking habits have completely changed during her twenties, thanks in part to motherhood and fame. 

“I used to love to be drunk, but as I got more famous I would wake up the next morning and think, ‘What the fuck did I say and who the fuck did I say it to?’ I never had blackouts, but when you’re drunk and you go to a party, you’ll talk to anyone,” the 28-year-old megastar told Vanity Fair in a new interview. 

Adele said she realizes she might never write the way she did when she was in her early twenties and a “massive drinker,” during the time she wrote hits like “Chasing Pavements,” or the tracks on her second album, 21. However, she says that sacrifice is worth it to her. 

“I can see from an outsider’s perspective that I will never write songs as good as the ones that are on 21, but I’m not as indulgent as I was then, and I don’t have time to fall apart like I did then. I was completely off my face writing that album, and a drunk tongue is an honest one. I would drink two bottles of wine, and I would chain-smoke. Then I’d write the lyrics down.”

One of the reasons that Adele can no longer "fall apart" is because of her four-year-old son, Angelo. 

“Since I’ve had my baby, I’m not as carefree as I used to be,” she said. “Having a hangover with a child is torture. Just imagine an annoying three-year-old who knows something’s wrong; it’s hell.”

These days, Adele says she might drink two glasses of wine a week, and she no longer smokes. Even during her harder partying years, Adele said she never took other drugs because an acquaintance died from a heroin overdose when she was younger. “I’m too scared to ever take drugs,” she said. 

Adele also touched on mental health during the interview. “I had really bad postpartum depression after I had my son, and it frightened me,” she said. At the time, she was too scared to seek medical help. “I didn’t talk to anyone about it. I was very reluctant.”

Adele found herself consumed with worry and feelings of inadequacy. “I felt like I’d made the worst decision of my life,” she said. But giving herself time away from the baby and speaking to other mothers helped her heal. 

Throughout her struggles with mental health and alcohol use, Adele has remained focused on what best serves her and her family. 

“My life is more important to me than anything I’m doing,” she said. 

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Kelly Burch writes about addiction and mental health issues, particularly as they affect families. Follow her on TwitterFacebook, and LinkedIn.