Adele: Working With Blur Frontman Was a Mistake
She responds to Damon Albarn's comments
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 4, 2015 9:20 AM CST
In this Feb. 24, 2013 file photo, Adele performs during the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.   (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

(Newser) – It may seem like everyone in the universe adores Adele, but it was revealed in September that at least one person, Damon Albarn, apparently does not. The Blur frontman and Gorillaz founder said in an interview with the Sun (reported here) that he had collaborated with Adele on her forthcoming album (25, though it had not yet been named at the time) and that what he heard of the material was "very middle of the road." "Adele asked me to work with her and I took the time out for her," he said. "And I’m not a producer, so ... I don’t know what is happening really. Will she use any of the stuff? I don’t think so. Let’s wait and see. The thing is, she’s very insecure. And she doesn’t need to be, she’s still so young." Well, Adele has her own version of the story, as she reveals in an extensive new Rolling Stone interview.

She and Albarn didn't actually finish even one song, she says. "None of it was right. None of it suited my record. ... It ended up being one of those 'don't meet your idol' moments. And the saddest thing was that I was such a big Blur fan growing up. But it was sad, and I regret hanging out with him." As for what Albarn said in the press, "He said I was insecure, when I'm the least-insecure person I know," she says. "I was asking his opinion about my fears, about coming back with a child involved—because he has a child—and then he calls me insecure?" Click for more from the interview, including which celebrity Adele would want on her "squad."