Revelations About Divorce and Motherhood On Adele’s New Album ‘30’

In case you’ve been living under a rock and hadn’t noticed already: Adele is back. It’d been a while since her last album so expectations for the newest outing were pretty high, but Adele had no difficulty in raising the standards for her own work yet again.

It’s a known fact at this point that Adele’s lyrics and music deal heavily with what’s going on in her own life. Since her last album she became a single mother and got divorced from her husband, meaning there’s a lot of emotional stuff to go through in just 12 songs. Let’s take a look at some of the biggest revelations on Adele’s new album.

Easy On Me

This is the first song she wrote for the album, right after her divorce. The lyrics “You can’t deny how hard I have tried / I changed who I was to put you both first / But now I give up” are more of a message to her son. She wants Angelo to know why she’d get divorced from his father in the first place and hopefully this helps him understand that.

Cry Your Heart Out

A song about depression, as if the title didn’t make that obvious enough. She’d been suffering from depression after her divorce and one of her friends pretty much told her to stop complaining as her husband had died, but Adele just left hers. The lyric “I created this storm, it’s only fair I have to sit in its rain” refers to Adele acknowledging this.

My Little Love

A very personal track, this actually includes bedtime conversations between Adele and her son Angelo. Adele was at a place where she was paranoid about what she said to her son and how she might speak to him like an adult. To alleviate that anxiety, her therapist told her to just record the conversations so she could listen to them. This for example includes the line “I love your dad ’cause he gave you to me”. 

The outro of this song on the other hand, has a recorded voicemail Adele left for a friend when she was about to get divorced. She’d had a few too many drinks and in the voicemail said that “I’m having a bad day. I’m having a very anxious day. I feel very paranoid. I feel very stressed. I have a hangover, which never helps. I feel like today is the first day since I left him that I feel lonely. And I never feel lonely, I love being on my own. I feel a bit frightened that I might feel like this a lot.”

I Drink Wine

Probably the best-titled song on her album, this song is about Adele realizing she’s a hot mess. The song with lyrics like “I hope I learn to get over myself / Stop trying to be somebody else” is really about her coming to terms with her being angry all the time after her divorce and learning to cope with it in a positive way.

Woman Like Me

The first relationship Adele had after her divorce was the inspiration for this song. This song deals with her realizing that the relationship won’t last and lyrics like “Loving you was a breakthrough / I saw what my heart can really do / Now some other man will get the love I had for you” hammer this point down hard. While this has some negative lyrics about her ex in it, Adele herself doesn’t come out unscathed either.

To Be Loved

This is the song where Adele really starts taking accountability for what happened and for why her marriage didn’t last. It has lyrics like “Let it be known that I cried for you / Even started lying to you / What a thing to do / All because I wanted / To be loved and love at the highest count” and the song is so personal and emotional for Adele that she has already said she’ll probably never perform it live due to getting choked up.