Adele worried she would spiral out of control like Amy Winehouse

‘I’ve always had a close relationship with alcohol’: Adele reveals she worried she would spiral out of control like Amy Winehouse following the singer’s tragic death at 27

  • The singer, 33, recalled how she started to become famous around the time Amy died and said she she always had a ‘close relationship’ with alcohol 
  • Adele said she started playing the guitar because of Amy’s first album Frank, released in 2003 
  • She said: ‘She means the most to me out of all artists. Because she was British. Because she was amazing. Because she was tortured. Because she was so funny’
  • Adele told how she became uncomfortable with fame and at one point even considered quitting music altogether
  • Amy passed away in 2011, with an inquest finding her death was due to accidental alcohol poisoning  

Adele has revealed she worried she would spiral out of control like Amy Winehouse following her tragic death.

The singer, 33, recalled how she started to become famous around the time Amy died and said she she always had a ‘close relationship’ with alcohol. 

Speaking to Vogue, she said: ‘I got really famous right as Amy Winehouse died. And we watched her die right in front of our eyes.’ 

Candid: Adele has revealed she worried she would spiral out of control like Amy Winehouse following her tragic death

‘I’ve always had a very close relationship with alcohol. I was always very fascinated by alcohol. It’s what kept my dad from me. So I always wanted to know what was so great about it.’

Adele said she started playing the guitar because of Amy’s first album Frank, released in 2003.

She said: ‘She means the most to me out of all artists. Because she was British. Because she was amazing. Because she was tortured. Because she was so funny.’

Adele told how she became uncomfortable with fame and at one point even considered quitting music altogether.  

Tragedy: The singer, 33, recalled how she started to become famous around the time Amy died and said she she always had a ‘close relationship’ with alcohol (Amy pictured in 2007)

Eventually, Adele decided to become a ‘recluse’ for a while to help her deal with her increasing fame.

The singer stated that giving birth to her son Angelo, eight, ‘anchored her’ and credited both him and her ex-husband Simon Konecki for saving her, saying she believes there is a reason her former partner came into her life.

Adele and Simon welcomed their son in October 2012 after they began dating the previous year.

They married in 2016 with their divorce finalised in 2021, however they remain on good terms.  

She said: ‘I got really famous right as Amy Winehouse died. And we watched her die right in front of our eyes’ (Adele pictured in 2011)

Amy soared to fame upon the release of Frank in 2003, as she gained both critical and commercial success with the debut as her jazz-inspired vocals won fans all over before her second album Back To Black’s release three years later.

As she ascended higher on the fame ladder she discovered her demons – in drink, drugs and also eating disorders, which her brother Alex insists contributed to her death.

In 2011, an inquest gave a verdict of misadventure after finding that she had 416mg of alcohol per decilitre in her blood.

A second inquest in 2013 confirmed that she died of accidental alcohol poisoning.

Family: The singer stated that giving birth to her son Angelo ‘anchored her’ and credited both him and her ex-husband Simon Konecki for saving her

This is more than five times the legal drink-drive limit and enough to cause her to become comatose and depress her respiratory system.

In a June 2013 interview, her brother Alex said he believed her eating disorder, and the consequent physical weakness, was the primary cause of her death.

He said: ‘She suffered from bulimia very badly. That’s not, like, a revelation – you knew just by looking at her…

‘She would have died eventually, the way she was going, but what really killed her was the bulimia… I think that it left her weaker and more susceptible. Had she not had an eating disorder, she would have been physically stronger.’

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Adele covers the November issues of British and American Vogue.

Icon: Amy passed away in 2011 with an inquest finding her death was due to accidental alcohol poisoning (pictured in 2007)

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