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Adele and Amy Winehouse. (Photos: Jason Merritt/Getty Images/Getty Images for MTV)
Adele and Amy Winehouse. (Photos: Jason Merritt/Getty Images/Getty Images for MTV)
Adele and Amy Winehouse. (Photos: Jason Merritt/Getty Images/Getty Images for MTV)

After the release of her new single “Hello,” Adele has done her first interview in three years, this time with British magazine i-D. It’s a refreshingly candid look at the artist and mom, with some details about her third album 25, which will drop November 20. The Q&A is well worth a read.

Adele has never shied away from touting the impact of Amy Winehouse‘s work on her, and she pays tribute to the late singer-songwriter in this emotional Q&A.
“If it wasn’t for Amy and Frank, 100 per cent I wouldn’t have picked up a guitar,” she says, “I wouldn’t have written ‘Daydreamer’ or ‘Hometown [Glory]’ and I wrote ‘Someone Like You’ on the guitar too. Contrary to reports, me and Amy didn’t really know each other, we weren’t friends or anything like that. I went to Brit School and she went for a little while. But a million per cent if I hadn’t heard Frank this wouldn’t have happened. I adored her.”

But Adele was a bit ambivalent about Amy, the recent documentary that provided an unprecedented look at Winehouse’s rise and fall:

“I did see it, yeah. I wasn’t going to. I loved her and I went through my own massive grieving process as her fan. I’d finally got to a place where I felt really great about the impact she’d had on my life, in every way. I felt really, really fond of it all. But then I read this review of it and that made me go and see it … I got super emotional with the funeral footage. But I wasn’t really that into the saved voicemails and stuff like that … I felt like I was intruding so I actually felt a little bit uncomfortable and that ruined it for me. I love watching her, but I kind of wish I hadn’t seen it. But you know, I love Amy. I always have, I always will. Do you know what makes me super sad? That I’m never going to hear her voice again, other than how I’ve heard it.”

The documentary, directed by Senna filmmaker Asif Kapadia, premiered earlier this year to wonderful reviews and Oscar buzz.

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Filed Under: Adele, Amy Winehouse
By Kevin Wicks
Kevin Wicks is the founding editor of Anglophenia.