Adele has told Rolling Stone about the influence Madonna had on her new music.
She singles out Madge’s 1998 album Ray of Light as restoring her artistic confidence after giving birth to her son Angelo in October 2012.
“That’s the record Madonna wrote after having her first child, and for me, it’s her best,” Adele told the magazine in a wide-ranging interview.
“I was so all over the place after having a child, just because my chemicals were just hitting the f–king roof and s–t like that.
“I was just drifting away, and I couldn’t find that many examples for myself where I was like, ‘F–k, they truly came back to themselves,’ until someone was like, ‘Well, obviously, Ray of Light.’
“I took [Ray of Light single ‘Frozen’] as, ‘I’ve gotten my confidence to come and do me again.'”
But Adele said she might not have come back to music at all if it wasn’t for her son.
“It might’ve seemed like the most ridiculous time to have a baby, but I was starting to get a bit afraid of everything,” she explained.
“When I had him, it made everything all right, and I trusted everything because the world had given me this miracle … so I became a bit of a hippie, an Earth mother.”
The reclusive singer also spoke to Rolling Stone about the pitfalls of fame and what she learned from the late Amy Winehouse.
“People think I hate being famous. And I don’t,” she explained.
“I’m really frightened of it. I think it’s really toxic, and I think it’s really easy to be dragged into it.
“Watching Amy deteriorate is one of the reasons I’m a bit frightened. We were all very entertained by her being a mess.
“I was f–king sad about it, but if someone showed me a picture of her looking bad, I’d look at it. If we hadn’t looked, then they’d have stopped taking her picture.
“That level of attention is really frightening, especially if you don’t live around all that showbiz stuff.”
Adele smashed multiple music sales records with her new single “Hello” and is expected to set even more when her new album 25 drops on November 20.
According to Billboard.com, industry bean counters expect 25 to sell between 1.3 and 1.8 million copies in its first week, becoming the fastest-selling female album since records began in 1991.
This would topple previous record-holder Britney Spears, who sold 1.32 million copies of Oops!… I Did It Again in a week all the way back in 2000.