On Monday, it was announced that British singer Adele will be taking a multi-year break from music. She told US Vogue that she’s taking four to five years off to concentrate on life and love. She realizes that when she’s working herself to the bone, the things around her, besides her music, don’t go well. And although she does create epic records like “19″ and “21,” she isn’t happy.

Adele is recovering from throat surgery that threatened to take that very instrument she’s become known for: her voice. In losing her voice temporarily, it gave her the clarity to realize what is important. And for her to determine that making music isn’t a priority at the moment, she’s putting her needs first.

I can’t be mad at that.

“Now I can have enough time to write a happy record. And be in love and be happy. And then I don’t know what I’ll do. Get married. Have some kids. Plant a nice vegetable patch.”

A lot of people are criticizing Adele for deciding to quit music for something that can be as fleeting as love, and I understand where they’re coming from. Adele is in a relatively new relationship, with someone she just met last year. Why is she hanging up her career for something that doesn’t seem very solid? Why is she drawing back from an amazing opportunity for a man? Well, I think it’s more than that. It goes beyond quitting music to make googly eyes at her new beau. It’s about giving yourself time to grow and experience life.

When people are in the public eye constantly and giving their all to the world, they have nothing left for the most important people in their lives. When you’re touring and performing endlessly, I can only imagine that personal relationships suffer. And artists who give too much of themselves too soon, burn out. Lauryn Hill’s a perfect example of what can happen when an artist reaches her breaking point, but she also serves as one reason folks are hoping Adele gives it a second thought. In the end, Lauryn’s relationship failed and her music has been less than stellar since she stepped out of the spotlight (Personally, I think it’s because she got that hypnotized by that Marley magic stick, but that’s a whole different topic for another day).

As a HUGE fan of Adele’s, I’m so sad to hear about this break. I love her, and I want nothing more than for that side ponytail-enthusiast to stay and make more records and slay us with live performances. I can’t get enough of her voice, which sounds as good live as it does on her albums. I don’t want her to go, but I understand why she’s making the decision and I support it.

I want Adele to take this break, frolic with her love and get happy. Then I want her to come back in 3 years, and remind us why she won those 6 Grammy Awards this year. She’ll come through, sit on a stool like she loves to and SANG like Jesus poured water down her throat. And we’ll all love it as much as we do now.

Sometimes, you need to make a selfish decision to make sure you’re taking care of yourself. It’s great to realize it, than to be forced to pause if your health fails. Or if you find yourself an emotional wreck. Or before the whole world requests that you have a seat because we’re sick of seeing you everywhere ALL the time.

Adele is leaving on her own terms, and leaving us wanting more, and I wish her all the luck on her journey to getting happy. In the meantime, I’ll just listen to “19” and “21” over and over again until she’s ready to come back.

Have you ever stepped away when you were seemingly on top?

  • CaliDreaming86

    “Have you ever stepped away when you were seemingly on top?”

    Nope. Never been to the top, not even to the middle…

  • Nici

    To: CaliDreaming86

  • Nici

    I wish you would find a way to get over your depression and stop spreading it in the comments section of this blog. Sheesh. I’ve been wanting to say that forever.

  • Tonton Michel

    “As a HUGE fan of Adele’s, I’m so sad to hear about this break.”

    I would have never guessed she was a huge fan of Adele.

  • girlformerlyknownasgrace

    I feel selfish for wanting adele to stay because i know people will forget her upon return – it takes about 3 albums to really establish an artist. But as a woman i can support her on this.

  • Kacey

    Sadly, this will probably end her career. The public (esp. the music-buying public) are fickle and have very short attention spans. Today’s hot artist is next year’s has-been.

    I liken this situation to Lauryn Hill’s. Remember what a phenomenal success ‘Miseducation’ was? It won all those grammy awards and high praise, and even higher expectations, for Lauryn. Then she “went away” for a while and her career hasn’t recovered. Her fans (what’s left of them) keep waiting for her to truly come back and, regrettably, she never will. There’s a whole new generation of music lovers saying, “Lauryn who? Oh yeah, she had that album then went crazy. Pass. I’m on this new ‘ish”

    Though the circumstances for Adele are different, I think the outcome will be the same. But hey, I’m sure she can retire very comfortably on the royalties from ’19′ and ’21′.

  • overseas_honeybee

    Good music is good music but we’ve seen the tragedy that follows so many entertainers who have no real life beyond the flash bulbs and the glare.

    It can be done. Sade is a perfect example. Cats is still grooving to Smooth Operator and whatever else she puts out…when she puts it out :)

  • HowApropos

    Sade is timeless…gonna play her music now…

  • Tami

    Adele sounds like a woman wise beyond her years…Do you all the way…You only have one life.

  • Adnamaj

    Sade did the same thing for years. She had years between each album, smart choice.

  • http://pervertedalchemist.blogspot.com Perverted Alchemist

    LULZ!!!!! I’m dying over here!!!!

  • sli

    Why I support Adele break from music–because of idiotic media crap like this:

    “Personally, I think it’s because [Lauryn] got that hypnotized by that Marley magic stick, but that’s a whole different topic for another day.”

  • NaijaAnon

    “Have you ever stepped away when you were seemingly on top?”

    Well, I won’t say I’m at the TOP top, but I can relate with Adele to a certain degree. I’ve been in a stable job since immediately after graduation, I’ve worked long hours, weekends, missed being with friends cos I am so career focused. My employer loves me. I’ve been promoted several times in the past few years, and upper management has always had glowing reviews for my work. I’m pretty young, but I’m working several levels above my peers.

    I should be happy (and I am), but I can’t keep running at full speed like I’ve been doing for so long. I’m running on empty, and if I don’t make a change soon I’ll be a burnout. At a point in time I literally felt like I was loosing steam on a daily basis. So I took the GMAT and I’m going for my MBA. I’m taking a leave of abscence which I may or may not return from. It’s better to leave while the applause is high right? Right?

    I’ll be going on an extended vacation prior to starting school. I just need time to decompress, rebuild my energy, and strategize on how to live my life in a more balanced way. I don’t want a career to be the center of my life anymore. Love, life, family, etc. I need to make time for these things or hardwork becomes worthless.

    It’s scary sometimes when I think about it. I have many doubts. I may have just crushed a great career. But I have faith in my decison and my capabilities. I’m not a flash in the pan or a one hit wonder! Plus while I’m out of the game I’ll be honing my skills so it’s not a complete loss! Whatever person I become, I may not have a blazing hot career, but at least I’ll be happy. And that’s the point of it all.

    So yeah, as much as Adele’s music has started to hurt my ears, I support and understand what she wants to do :)

  • complexity

    I agree. Take time for yourself and what’s important at the moment. Maxwell did it and that seemed to work well for him.

  • http://www.boissuq.com/ Keli

    I completely understand… I gave the same reason for not pursuing a PhD once my MA work is completed. At some point, you have to stop and live life! In some people’s eye’s she has it all, but too often we see public figured that seem to “have it all” fall to depression. It’s about what you value, and apparently “fame” is not of importance to her.

    yet when something is your passion, it’s hard to stay away… I would not be surprised if she’s back sooner than she expects.

  • She’s young enought to take a break and talented enough to come back…

    She’s young enought to take a break and talented enough to come back and be just as popular as when she left the music scene. I think it’s really mature of her to realize that this what she wants for herself. We have two great albums to listen to until she returns. I wish her the best…as she enjoys the time for herself and her new found love. Sometimes I think fans desire too much and expect too much from great artists…their human just like us and deserve to live the life that they want to live…on their own terms.

  • Yonnie

    The fact that Lauryn didn’t return to the top of the charts has nothing to do with the time that she took off and everything to do with the quality of music (or lack thereof) that she put out when she finally did put something out as well as the poor quality of her live performances. Look at someone like Whitney Houston. All of her albums went AT LEAST platinum and she often had large breaks between albums. There was an 8 year gap between her 3rd and 4th albums and it went 4x platinum. You put out quality stuff, people are going to support it.

  • http://www.imsatindoll.com Satin

    Sometimes a break is needed to reorganize your priorities. I don’t see anything wrong with it. If the life she pursues during her break makes her satisfied, peaceful, and happy and she isnt hurting anyone or herself then hey I am all for it. IF this break leads to her coming back then she just needs to know that she has to bring it and cant half step or she will be a has been. If this break makes her decide that she doesnt want to come back then she will be a WONDERFUL one,two,three hit wonder. hope this break does all what she is expecting it to do.

    I think its a good thing for talented celebrities to make time for themselves and loved ones outside of their work. heck that goes for anyone. its all about balance.

  • CaliDreaming86

    Maybe you can keep wishing to see what happens.

  • http://www.method2hermadness.blogspot.com girlformerlyknownasgrace

    :(

  • Kanyade

    Adele will most likely still be creating music as she takes her break. She may get to the 3.5 year mark and decide that ‘now’ she wants to share her new music with the world. The thing is, if Sade can walk away, if Maxwell can walk away, take time to themselves, LIVE LIFE and come back with a new album and still be received well by fans and critics, then so can ANY ARTIST. Adele’s surgery put things in perspective for her: and what’s for her is LIVING LIFE and CREATING and not letting the system sweep you up and keep you going like an autobot for the next years of her life. So I applaud her realizing what’s best for her and doing HER.

    Like the poster above me^^^Satin said, “it’s all about balance.”

  • apple

    well i never been on top
    but i dont think she should quit, because she will be forgotten.. she kind of just started and now is at the top it would be foolish to stop now, and think your gona recover later.. i have seen it happen with acting and music .. people get real big then leave and then they try to come back and never reach even close to where they were before.. unlike say a janet jackson or madonna who can quit for even like a decade and come back , adele just haven’t been in the game that long .. but that doesn’t mean its not impossible, just bad odds…
    id take the norah jones route, she blew up in 2001 but didnt care much for fame or that lifestyle..so she just made underground music and still has phenomenal sales even though she isn’t mainstream

  • Nadia

    Apple, you nailed it. Adele has got to do whatever she thinks she needs to do for her mental and emotional health, I can appreciate that.

    But any honest appraisal of her ability to take a few years off and then come back as big as she is now, or even a 1/4 big as she is now, well, that honest appraisal says the odds are very long. It’s probably not going to happen. The public has a short memory for actors, singers, comedians, etc.

    The Norah Jones example is good; that might be just the ticket for Adele.

  • http://www.citygirlgoesdigital.com Keisha

    Adele,

    I’ll see you when you come back. I’ll jam to “21″ till then.

    Sincerely,

    A fan who understands great talent!

    Great piece, Luvvie!

  • lulu

    i was gonna say the same thing sade takes breaks from albums and every time she comes out with one- it sounds new and fresh- i ve been a sade fan from the beginning and when she comes back you welcome her- adele is a smart business woman – i bet when she comes back her music will be new fresh and current

  • CaliDreaming86

    I am a huge Adele fan, since Chasing Pavements. I would be okay with her taking off if there were other artists who were putting out quality music as she has, but there aren’t, so I’ll wait.

  • http://commentarybyvalentina.wordpress.com/ Val

    Nice post but Adele has already said that that was just a rumor and that she is NOT taking any time off.

  • Yep… I’m the Misses :-D

    I could have sworn that Adele had already clarified that this as a rumor, or is it just me…??

  • chanela

    seriously? why was this article released like 3 days AFTER adele had said shes actually ditching going on a multi-year break and going back to the studio???

  • Lyoness

    I read the Vogue article and I was struck that when asked whose career she admired, she said Sade. That’s a good thing. Sade takes 7-10 year breaks and people just wait and wait with no problem. Adele wants to be a true artist, making music on her own terms. No one can fault her for that.

  • http://afrikanmami.blogspot.com/ African Mami

    @ Nici,

    Shame on you! Leave the person be.

  • ms_micia

    I hope it IS true. Girl get that money and RUUUUUUNNNN! *knowing smirk*

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