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How Adele's son has kept her 'totally cool and calm' for return to music

For the magazine's latest cover story, the 10-time Grammy winner continued to be candid about her experiences as a mom to 3-year-old Angelo.
/ Source: TODAY

Adele may be on top of the charts, but the 10-time Grammy winner doesn't find parenting her 3-year-old son, Angelo, much easier than she did before her mega-hit "Hello" marked her triumphant return to music.

COLOGNE, GERMANY - DECEMBER 06: Adele attends the television show 2015! Menschen, Bilder, Emotionen - RTL Jahresrueckblick on December 6, 2015 in Cologne, Germany. (Photo by Sascha Steinbach/Getty Images)Getty Images file

"The other day I was saying, 'Oh God, I'm finding this really hard again with a kid,'" she told Time magazine for its Dec. 28/Jan. 4 double-issue cover story, whose featured highlights were published online Monday. "I have no time for myself because in between doing this, all my spare time is with him. But then I realized, he's been keeping me totally cool and calm about the whole thing."

Those sentiments echoed ones she shared with i-D magazine for its Adele cover story, published in late October. "I thought [motherhood] would be easy," she told that news outlet. "[I thought,] 'Everyone [freaking] does it, how hard can it be?' Ohhhhh. I had no idea. It is hard but it's phenomenal. It's the greatest thing I ever did. … It used to be that my own world revolved around me, but now it has to revolve around him."

She told Time that Angelo constantly has reinforced her self-esteem.

"I'm so proud of myself that I made him in my belly," she said. "Cooked him in my belly and then he came out of me! This human who's suddenly walking around and doing his own thing. I can't wait to know who his best friends are going to be, who his girlfriend or his boyfriend is going to be or what movies he likes … Whatever my kid wants to do or be I will always support him no matter what."

But that doesn't necessarily mean she wants to spoil him.

"I'm very self-conscious that I have a kid, and I don't want him being one of those [jerks] who grows up being, like, 'Driver, driver!'" she told Time, while snapping her fingers. "'I have no clean clothes!' Well, have you washed them? I really don't want him growing up like that. I'm very conscious of it."

In the meantime, she's doing what she can to protect the privacy of her family, which includes Angelo's father, Simon Konecki. "If you try to intrude or come near my family, I'm a lioness," she said. "Especially because my boyfriend isn't famous. … If my kid decides that when he's old enough to make his own decision that he wants to be known for being my kid, I'll be annoyed, but I won't stop him. I'll be like, 'It's your choice now.' But this was my dream. This isn't theirs."

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Other highlights from the Time interview:

  • On dealing with anxieties and appearance: "I feel uncomfortable being famous. How long should I feel like that? Because if you're going to keep making music, there's a 50-50 chance you're going to be famous for the next 20 years. So do you want to be uncomfortable for 20 years, or do you want to just settle into it? I don't want to have plastic surgery. I'm going to look like this forever. Deal with it. Once you deal with it, you feel more calm about it."
  • On her aversion to the concept of a brand: "I don't like that word. It makes me sound like a fabric softener, or a packet of crisps. I'm not that. But there's personality in an artist, and if you're expecting people to let you in and give themselves to you, you have to be a whole package. I feel like some artists … the bigger they get, the more horrible they get, and the more unlikable. And I don't care if you make an amazing album — if I don't like you, I ain't getting your record."
  • On a report she'd rejected a duet with Beyoncé: "Whoever started that rumor must have been having a laugh because anyone who knows me knows that my main priority in life outside of my child is Beyoncé."

The full Adele cover story appears in print editions that arrived on newsstands Monday.

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