Explaining how the album got her through “the most turbulent period of my life”, Adele continued: “When I was writing it, it was my friend who came over with a bottle of wine and takeaway to cheer me up. My wise friend who always gives the best advice. Not to forget the one who’s wild and says, ‘it’s your Saturday return, babes, fuck it, you only live once’.
“The friend who’d stay up all night and just hold my hand while I’d sob relentlessly and not know why. The get-up-and-go friend who would pick me up, take me somewhere I said I didn’t want to go but just wanted to get out of the house for some vitamin D.
“That friend who snuck me in and left a magazine with a face mask and some bath salts to make me feel loved inadvertently reminding me not only what month it actually was but that I should probably exercise some self-care!
“And then that friend who no matter what, checked in on me even though I’d stopped checking in with them because I’d become so consumed by my own grief. I’ve painstakingly rebuilt my house and my heart since then and this album narrates it.”
“Home is where the heart is,” she concluded.