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After literal years of waiting, Adele fans had high expectations for the singer's newest single, "Easy on Me." Actually, that's an understatement. Expectations weren't just high, they were basically in orbit.
When Adele dropped the deeply personal and emotional ballad (it's all about her feelings as she was going through her divorce from ex Simon Konecki, with whom she shares son Angelo), the response from fans and critics was pretty much a universal outpouring of heart eye emojis, but not everyone loved the track, apparently. Specifically, a few members of Adele's inner circle were basically like "meh" when they heard the earliest pieces of the song.
"Well, they loved it," she revealed during an interview on the BBC 1 Radio Breakfast show with Greg James on Friday. "I was saying the other day that I sent a snippet of me singing it as I was writing it to three of my closest friends here and one didn't like it, the other one was like, 'Well, yeah, maybe, keep trying though,' and the other one was, 'I'm busy working.' So that was the perfect response for me."
In spite of the, "eh, keep trying" response, Adele added that her friends were unanimously impressed by one aspect of the song.
"People, they loved my patience in it. I'm such a knee-jerk person," she added. "I'll be like, 'I don't like it, forget it!' I'm like that with my music. I'm like that with just things I want to do. I'm like that with my feelings and stuff and it was, I think it was clear to them in the lyrics that I've bided my time and I wasn't reacting to a reaction or anything like that. It was just a feeling that I had stirred on for a while."
In the same interview, Adele also got candid about the emotional experience of writing—and then actually recording—the song.
"Normally I'm very not confrontational, but you can initiate something and be like, 'Hang on a minute, go easy on me!' Like, bear with me while I try to find my feet in a situation," she said. "There's something that's really hopeful about it as well as sad. I obviously balled my eyes out when I was writing it and when I was singing it for the recording."
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