Adele Says Becoming a Mom Was Considered ‘Career Suicide’
Adele is opening up about becoming a mother at the peak of her career, praising herself for overcoming what she says could have been “career suicide.” The Grammy winner, 35, attended The Hollywood Reporter’s annual Women in Entertainment Gala in Los Angeles on Thursday (December 7), where she was honored with the Sherry Lansing Leadership Award. During her speech, the “Easy on Me” singer reflected on the “real reason” she’s only got four albums. Right at the height of the success of her sophomore album, 21, Adele called this period of time “pandemonium.” “It was the strangest, most surreal experience of my life still, to this day,” she said.
Getting pregnant during that, Adele said, “to many would be — and was considered — career suicide.” With a big grin, she said she saw herself as “always one to go against the grain.” At that moment, she decided to choose to reject “the scarcity of success and the idea that you have to be constantly relevant to be successful,” she shared. She believed in herself enough to be a hit both on and off the stage. “And you’ll never guess what — I f—ing got away with it!,” she told the star-studded audience.
Helen Mirren presented Adele with the honor. Adele concluded her speech by praising “all the sacrifices that women before me have made.” The English singer-songwriter says that without them, she wouldn’t have been able to be a mother and singer if it weren’t for the women before them. In another clip shared by THR, Adele gave a few disclaimers before giving her speech: she’s not a “motivational words kind of gal,” nor is she really a “speeches kind of gal.” What she does possess, though, is the “gift of the gab.” This means Adele can talk for hours about “nothing.”