Adele’s Makeup-Free ‘Rolling Stone’ Cover, Plus Her Thoughts On Sexism

Adele always looks beautiful, but she looks even more beautiful on her makeup-free cover of Rolling Stone magazine.

The “Hello” singer took to social media to share her raw and vulnerable cover photo. Adele is the latest cover star of Rolling Stone magazine. Not only does she pose makeup-free on the cover, but she also opens up about sexism in the music industry and having her own squad.

The 27-year-old makes her mark on the cover by wearing wet hair and a white fluffy robe. Adele doesn’t even need a hint of eyeliner or lipstick to make herself look good. Below her photo, the headline reads, “Adele: A Private Life.”

She lives a very private life, indeed, with her long-time boyfriend, Konecki, and her son, Angelo, in Brighton. Adele revealed to the music magazine that she often gets “anxious” about her fame. That especially was the case when her musical inspiration, Amy Winehouse, died of a drug overdose in 2011.

“People think I hate being famous. And I don’t. I’m really frightened of it. Watching Amy deteriorate is one of the reasons why I’m a bit frightened. We were all very entertained by her being a mess. I was f**king sad about it, but if someone showed me a picture of her looking bad, I’d look at it. If we hadn’t looked, then they’d have stopped taking her picture.”

Adele also said that she’s still in a relationship with Konecki, no matter what the tabloids have said. They are very happy in their relationship together, and have no plans to marry anytime soon. Adele said that raising a son together is enough of a commitment.

According to her Rolling Stone cover story, Adele admits she has been out of the loop when it comes to the current music scene. But it looks like she’s still got it when she cited Alabama Shakes, FKA Twigs, and Kanye West as her favorite artists of the moment. And Adele said that she’s been waiting patiently for Frank Ocean’s album, just like the rest of his fans have. She seems very supportive of her peers in the pop and hip-hop genres.


Adele also talks about her weight loss. She’s been lifting weights at the gym, but she will never go on an extreme diet anytime soon.

“I’m not like, skipping to the f***king gym. I don’t enjoy it. I do like doing weights. I don’t like looking in the mirror.”

The “Skyfall” singer also revealed that she’s been asked repeatedly if she would pose in Playboy magazine. Adele obviously hates the sexist questions she gets, and for good reason.

“I’ve been asked, ‘Would you do Playboy?’ so many f***king times, it’s ridiculous. And is that because I’m a woman or because I’m fat?”

Rolling Stone contributor Brian Hiatt doesn’t outwardly ask Adele if she’s a feminist, but she feels that the question is coming her way. She seems aware that most female artists get asked this question these days, thanks to Taylor Swift’s thoughts on feminism and her famous girl squad.

“I’m a feminist. I believe that everyone should be treated the same, including race and sexuality.”

But one of the most important questions in Adele’s Rolling Stone interview is whether or not she has her own girl squad. She may like the singer’s hit single, “I Knew You Were Trouble,” but she wouldn’t be joining Swift’s squad anytime soon. Adele seemed amused when the word popped up in the interview.

“I’ve heard about a squad. I wish my squad was all supermodels. We are, in our brains. I guess I have my own squad.”

If Adele could have one famous person in her squad, it would be Rihanna. “But maybe Rihanna can be in my squad! That would be really cool. Oh God. She’s life itself, isn’t she? I love her.”

With her emotional music and powerful voice, Adele is certainly in a league of her own. She said that she doesn’t like being pitted against other women, especially her pop peers like Lana Del Rey and Taylor Swift. And unlike Swift, Adele would never want to do another breakup album or “heartbreak album,” ever again. She thinks it would be “cliché” and “tragic,” not only to experience heartbreak but to consistently write about it.

You can read the full cover story at the Rolling Stone site where Adele talks about her upcoming album, 25, and explains why her music career is more of a “hobby” for her.

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