Adele has confirmed that her next album, the follow-up to her smash 2011 LP 21, will be a “make-up record” titled 25, her age at the time of recording. In an open letter on Twitter, the now-27-year-old singer apologized to fans for the long wait between albums. “25 is about getting to know who I’ve become without realizing,” she wrote. “And I’m sorry it took so long but, you know, life happened.
“My last record was a break-up record and if I had to label this one, I would call it a make-up record,” Adele wrote. “Making up for lost time. Making up for everything I ever did and never did.” She continued on the age’s impact on her, a time in which she also gave birth to her first son Angelo. “Turning 25 was a turning point for me, slap bang in the middle of my twenties. Teetering on the edge of being an old adolescent and a fully fledged adult.”
While Adele did confirm that her new album will be titled 25, she did not share any further details, including a release date.
Adele’s open letter arrives just days after a 30-second commercial purportedly containing new music from Adele aired without warning or explanation during an episode of the U.K.’s The X Factor. According to The Guardian, the song featured the lyrics “Hello, it’s me / I was wondering if after all these years / you’d like to meet to go over everything / they say that time’s supposed to heal ya / but I ain’t done much healing.” The commercial ended with an ellipsis, hinting at more music to come.
Read Adele’s entire statement below: