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Adele tells all to Billboard, says "my career isn't my life"

Adele sat down with Billboard for an exclusive interview recently and opened up about her home life, the loss of Amy Winehouse and how she keeps out of the spotlight. 

The 'Set Fire To The Rain' hitmaker revealed that her incredible success only affects her as far as her career goes, but she won't let the fame go to her head or influence her actions:

"When it comes to staying myself -- my career isn't my life, it doesn't come home with me. So it's a piece of piss staying grounded and not being changed by it. The same things I've always liked still satisfy me. My team's the same and my group of friends are the same."

"I go home and my best friend laughs at me, rather than going to a celebrity-studded party to rub shoulders with people who know me but who I don't know. I'm Z-list when it comes to that shit. I'm incredibly private but I'm also incredibly honest and I think that creates a kind of "meet in the middle" respectable ground."




Speaking about her affinity with the late Amy Winehouse, Adele admitted that she was inspired by the way she "created herself" and stuck to her guns: 

"She was a remarkable singer but she was a believable and relatable artist, feisty but timid and fun but tragic -- normal! She created herself. That's what inspired me. I'd rather trust myself, to like what I've done and stick to my guns than make music I don't like, wear clothes that don't suit me and flutter between genres because I'm scared I won't be relevant if I pass my "sell by" date. Amy tattooed that in me!"

The full interview can be found over at and you can watch her interview on The Graham Norton Show, along with footage of her performing 'Chasing Pavements' at the start of her fantastic career, below: