Adele seems to have the whole celebrity game figured out: write an album, perform some shows, collect all the awards, then go right back to private life as a normal person. This year, speculation began building that there's a fourth album on the way, four years after 2015's 25 (which was released four years after 2011's 21). Adele's not letting anything slip, however; instead, she's having the time of her life on vacation.
The singer posted 10 photos on Instagram, captioned "Summer 2019"; according to (opens in new tab)E! News (opens in new tab), they were probably taken in the Colorado River area. Appropriately, they feature Adele and friends climbing a mountain, posing in a canyon, hanging out around a campfire, and cooling down in the water. There's also a few snaps on what looks an awful lot like a private yacht, and I won't lie—I'm seething with envy.
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Back to that aforementioned fourth album! In March, Adele was photographed heading into a recording studio in New York City, as People reported (opens in new tab), and unless she's starting a podcast, it seems safe to assume she was working on new music. She wore an understated all black outfit, wearing her hood up and partially covering her face with a scarf, presumably aiming to keep herself—and her new project—out of the spotlight.
Then, on her 31st birthday in May, Adele hinted (opens in new tab) on Instagram that 30 was on the way. In a jokey caption alongside photos of her birthday celebrations, she told her fans, "31 is going to be a big ol’ year," adding, "Bunch of fucking savages, 30 will be a drum n bass record to spite you." Sure, she might be just a little tired of fans demanding a new record—but it sounds like one's on the way all the same.
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Emily Dixon is a British journalist who’s contributed to CNN, Teen Vogue, Time, Glamour, The Guardian, Wonderland, The Big Roundtable, Bust, and more, on everything from mental health to fashion to political activism to feminist zine collectives. She’s also a committed Beyoncé, Kacey Musgraves, and Tracee Ellis Ross fan, an enthusiastic but terrible ballet dancer, and a proud Geordie lass.
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