Go ahead, breathe a sigh of relief — Adele's back. The British beauty with the booming voice and brilliant talent is set to release her new album, 25, on November 20. If her hit single “Hello” is any indication of what we should expect, we’ll be chasing pavements, setting fire to the rain, and falling from the sky in anticipation for this Friday. And in true fangirl fashion, you've probably memorized all of her lyrics along with every single note in each one of her ballads, pero . . . did you know she has two tattoos? En serio. So in honor of 25, here are 25 facts about the captivating chanteuse from the U.K.
Her Middle Name
The artist’s full name is Adele Laurie Blue Adkins. Her middle name came from her father’s love of blues music.
Her Spice Girls Obsession
As a child, she used to pretend she was part of the Spice Girls and would perform in front of her mother’s party guests. Yep, Adele is just like us.
Her Troubled Upbringing
Her parents separated when she was only 3-years-old because of her father’s alcoholism.
Her First Work
Adele wrote her first record, Hometown Glory, at only 16 years old. It was inspired by West Norwood in South London where she and her mother lived.
Her Collegiate Clique
Adele attended the BRIT School for Performing Arts & Technology, with classmates Jessie J and Leona Lewis.
Her MySpace Start
XL Recording signed the singer in 2006 after she posted a three-track demo on her MySpace page. (MySpace, #AlwaysRemember.)
Her Body Positivity
The full-bodied beauty has openly said that she never wants to be skinny and would never attempt to lose significant weight unless it was due to a health issue.
Her Musical Dexterity
While Adele’s best instrument is her voice, the girl can also go to town on the guitar and bass. She also played the clarinet when she was younger.
Her Boyfriend Blunders
In 2008, Adele cancelled her U.S. tour dates to spend time with a former boyfriend. She now regrets the decision, but acknowledges that she was going through a lot of issues at the time.
Her Celebrity Cons
While she won’t put their names on blast, Adele has been on a few dates with celebrities, but wasn't really crazy about all of the attention they attracted.
Her Health Hiatus
In 2011, the singer was forced to cancel two tours because of a vocal cord hemorrhage. She underwent laser microsurgery to remove a benign polyp and took an extended period of rest to avoid permanent damage to her voice.
Her Minimalist Magic
“Someone Like You,” her 2011 hit, was the first piano-and-vocal-only ballad to take the top spot on the Hot 100 chart.
Her Backstage Philanthropy
Adele requires all backstage visitors to donate a minimum of $20 for the U.K. charity Sands, which supports those affected by the death of a baby and conducts research to reduce child mortality.
Her Billboard Breakthrough
Adele is the first female in the history of the Billboard Hot 100 to have three simultaneous top 10 singles as a lead artist, and two singles in the top five of the Billboard Hot 100. Go on, girl.
Her Grammy Grab
In 2012, she won in all six categories she was nominated for, making her the second female artist in Grammy history (after Beyoncé) to win that many categories in a single night.
Her Single Status
Adele has been dating Simon Konecki, a charity entrepreneur, since 2011. The couple has a three-year-old son together, but she doesn't feel the need for them to get married.
Her Tiny Tattoo
Ever notice that tiny “A” tattooed behind Adele’s right ear? It's actually not her own initial — it's in honor of her son, Angelo.
Her Other Tattoo
She also has a tattoo on her wrist. Adele hasn't been totally forthcoming about it, but word has it that it's for her mama, Penny Adkins.
Her Smoking Addiction
Adele was a pretty serious smoker back in the day, but she's been working on quitting altogether for her child and career.
Her Royal Recognition
In 2013, Adele was appointed Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list and received the award from Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace.
Her "Hello" Highlight
Her latest hit, “Hello,” is the first song to sell over 1 million digital copies within one week of its release.
Her Technological Advancements
The music video for “Hello” is the first to be shot with IMAX cameras, which are the highest-resolution cameras in the world.
Her Exclusive Performance
The artist recently performed her largest concert to date in NYC titled, “Adele Live in New York City,” at Radio City Music Hall.