Adele, singer and aspirational retro eyeliner wearer, is on the cover of this months' Rolling Stone, sans eyeliner or any other makeup. She has a lot to say, including that yes, she knows her new album is called 25 even though she's now 27 but it's because that's the age she was when she started it, so can we all please move on? She also revealed the struggles she faced after giving birth to her son, about whom she's so secretive that she wouldn't even let the reporter describe his appearance (other than writing: "He is, for the record, quite cute").
Adele says that after her baby was born, her "chemicals were just hitting the fucking roof":
The direct sonic influence is hard to find, but one of the chief inspirations for 25 was Madonna's Ray of Light. "You know what I found so amazing about that record?" Adele says. "That's the record Madonna wrote after having her first child, and for me, it's her best. I was so all over the place after having a child, just because my chemicals were just hitting the fucking roof and shit like that." She felt detached from her artistic self. "I was just drifting away, and I couldn't find that many examples for myself where I was like, 'Fuck, they truly came back to themselves,' until someone was like, 'Well, obviously, Ray of Light.'" Adele listened to it over and over, and was particularly captivated by "Frozen." "I took that song as 'I've gotten my confidence to come and do me again.' "
From Chrissy Teigen opening up about her fertility struggles to Kim Kardashian penning essays about how much she hates being pregnant, this is truly the age of female celebrities getting real about the stressful shit that can happen when you have a baby. Also, Madonna's influence is timeless.