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Adele discusses being lucky in her career: “More than anything, it’s just being yourself"

07 December 2023, 17:02 | Written by Tyler Damara Kelly

In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Adele sat down to discuss the secret to her career, and how it feels to be receiving the Sherry Lansing Leadership Award at the publication's annual Women in Entertainment event.

Addressing being championed as a powerful woman in Hollywood, Adele thanks her family. "I was raised by my mum and my aunties and my grandmothers, and they felt a bit stronger than anyone else I’ve ever met," she explains. "They experienced [life] the hard way, what it was to be a woman. And it made them [stronger]. They just handed it down to us, so that we didn’t have to experience those things. They had to wear theirs as sort of armour, and I get to wear it as my skin because of them."

Adele is aware that there are many doors she has been able to walk through because someone else paved the way. This feeds into the way she'd like to pay it forward for younger artists, .

“More than anything, it’s just being yourself. That’s one of the reasons I’ve been so lucky with my career — on top of the obvious of me being a white woman in music. I think people are quite scared of me, and they’ve been like that since I was 18. I don’t know what it is; I think there’s no room for negotiations when it comes to what I want to do and how I want to do it. And it’s always been like that.”

Part of the Women In Entertainment event involves giving scholarships to high schoolers who are heading to college. Speaking of the ways she'd like to empower younger women, Adele adds: I see a lot of the girls, up-and-coming singers, I get in touch with them because no one ever did that to me, gave me any advice or any secret nuggets of truth or tricks of how to survive it in any way. So I have them ’round and we have some wine and I talk to them."

She goes on to say that no matter how close you are with your team, more often than not, they aren't able to relate to what it's like being thrust into the public eye, and facing the pressure of your hobby becoming your job. "I really like supporting the girls. Sometimes I would love to go into management, but I can’t work with talent. I say that as one — we are a nightmare," she adds.

To read the full interview with Adele, visit

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