Adele Says Mom Guilt Almost Meant Goodbye and Not 'Hello'
Like many moms, Adele struggled with guilt over going back to work with a baby at home, and it almost kept her from producing her latest album.
During an appearance on the Today show, the undisputed queen of soul admitted, "I couldn't get over my guilt of leaving my kid to go and write a record."
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Indeed, ever since the British singer welcomed her son Angelo in 2012, she largely kept away from the spotlight to focus on being a mom. It wasn't until recently that she dropped her astonishing second release, 25.
Adele says although her son is the center of her world, it wasn't motherhood that inspired her to get back in the studio and record. "He is my emotional place. I did write songs about that, but it was boring for everyone else. Everyone's own child is the light of their lives but not the light of the lives of anyone else," she joked.
Um, most people would sit in awe of Adele singing the phone book, but we appreciate your consideration for your fans! And while we totally understand the mom guilt, I think I speak for everyone when I say I am so relieved she was able to come to terms with those feelings and record this album!
Of course, mom guilt never really goes away. As a working mom for more than seven years, I still struggle with finding the right balance. If there even is one. My only consolation is that every mom says she suffers from guilt, whether she stays home with her kids, or is, um, Adele. So there's really no perfect situation, or solution. You just have to do your best, no matter your circumstances.
Meanwhile, the star says, "I've never been happier, and I've never been healthier. So I'm good." So are we, now that we have 25 on hand for when our kids are driving us nuts, and we just want to mellow out and fall under the spell of the greatest voice of our time.
Melissa Willets is a writer/blogger and a mom. Follow her on Twitter (@Spitupnsuburbs), where she chronicles her love of exercising and drinking coffee, but never simultaneously.