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Adele Says Pregnancy and Surgery Changed Her Voice

Adele’s everywhere now. Everyone’s creaming their pants over her new album. Likely because album sales suck balls. The industry needs hope or else they’re gonna jump off a cliff with their inventory of CDs. Turns out living life like a normal gave Adele’s voice even more texture and personality.

She talked to Graham Norton for her Adele At The BBC special. She touches on her vocal cord surgery and pregnancy and how both affected her singing voice.

On her surgery:

“At the very beginning (after the operation) it changed, it was very clean,” she tells talk show host Graham Norton. “Obviously I used to smoke quite a lot, so all the scars that my voice had from most of my life were gone (after the surgery), it was like a brand new voice.

“I can sing a lot higher than I used to, and also a lot lower than I used to… and now someone’s going to challenge me and I won’t be able to do it!”

On her pregnancy:

“Also in pregnancy my voice got a lot lower, which is why Skyfall is so low. I couldn’t get up there for (the high notes in) Skyfall.”

That’s actually an interesting fact. I’m assuming it’s the hormones in pregnancy affecting everything. Not being a (licensed) doctor, that’s my best guess.

On anxiety of success and expectations:

“I just got really worried that I was never going to make anything that anyone liked again,” she adds. “It was just being self-critical of myself, it was nothing else other than that. And also I started to wonder, maybe 21 being so successful is enough for everyone? But I realised it wasn’t enough for me.”

On her new approach to songwriting:

“I was so open (in the songs on 21)… and I hurt people’s feelings with that…” she admits. “Being so honest, and being a bit more immature then than I am now, I was like, ‘I don’t care, like, he broke my heart, whatever’, and stuff like that. So I felt quite bad about that…

“I have a lot of different things going on now. I have a family that I love, and I’m a lioness, and I want to protect them, and stuff like that. So I’d also like people to interpret these songs how they want to, rather than me shoving it down their throats.”

You know who wants something shoved down their throats? Charlie Sheen.

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