Adele Sings the Emotional "Million Years Ago" Live for the First Time


There are a few reasons for Adele's break between 21 and 25writer's block and a scrapped album, to start (opens in new tab)—but the biggest one was actually a guy. A very little guy, who plays a big role in her life. "[He's] one of the main reasons I've been away for so long," she told Today's Matt Lauer (opens in new tab). "Because I was like, 'No, My kid [Angelo] is more important. My kid comes first; my music comes second. Then I come second, you know?'"

Adele isn't worried about 25's success changing her relationship with the three-year-old. He's her #1 groupie, after all: "My son comes everywhere with me. We're all good. He's the first person I see in the morning and last person I see at night…I make time for him, like I always have." Motherhood "is the most grounding thing," she says.

Lauer also asked the singer about her viral impersonator prank video for BBC (opens in new tab). Adele wasn't originally supposed to pose as a singer, she explained. "They'd ask me to judge [the Adele competition], and I was like, 'No, no, no, no, I want to be in it. I want to be an impersonator.' It was amazing. Nothing had quite prepared me for walking toward girls dressed up like me. That was pretty overwhelming. It was also really, really beautiful. I cried a lot after, during the whole thing at the end, once I revealed myself." Adele's great instinct, producing another genius piece of art.

The singer then performed "Million Years Ago" live for the first time, a song about "this park in South London that me and my all friends went to all the time, and we'd just hang out and talk about everything. I'd go past it, months ago now and I just burst into tears because none of us were there...none of us could be because we all have lives." Listen to the moving performance here (opens in new tab).

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Alyssa Bailey
Alyssa Bailey

Alyssa Bailey is the news and strategy editor at, where she oversees coverage of celebrities and royals (particularly Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton). She previously held positions at InStyle and Cosmopolitan. When she's not working, she loves running around Central Park, making people take #ootd pics of her, and exploring New York City.