Adele released a music video for her new song, "Easy on Me," on Friday.
The video pays homage to the singer's past hits, "Rolling in the Deep" (2010) and "Hello" (2015).
"Easy on Me" begins with Adele leaving the same house featured in "Hello."
"Easy on Me" begins with black-and-white footage of Adele leaving an empty house, suitcase in hand.
"Hello" begins with Adele arriving at the same house. She's talking on her cellphone, asking the other person, "Can you hear me now?"
As Adele leaves the same home in "Easy on Me," she answers a call on her cellphone: "Hello darling, you alright? Yeah, I'm good, yeah, all good. All done, everything's packed, I'm just gonna get on the road now."
She then mentions having a "bad signal" and the call begins to break up.
"Yes, I can hear you perfectly, can you hear me? Oh, for God's sake," she says. "Here we go again."
The bulk of the video features Adele driving through the countryside. She encounters several happy strangers along the way: a family celebrating the holidays in a roadside trailer; a couple driving past her in a convertible marked "just married."
"Easy on Me" was inspired by Adele's divorce from Simon Konecki, which was finalized earlier this year. She wrote the song in 2018, the same year they tied the knot.
"We got married when I was 30 … and then I left," she recently told British Vogue, declining to specify the timeline. "This is very embarrassing. It wasn't very long."
"It was the first song I wrote for the album and then I didn't write anything else for six months after because I was like, 'OK, well, I've said it all,'" she added.
As Adele reaches the second chorus in the music video, the black-and-white footage suddenly transitions to color. She sits in a room painted deep red, surrounded by antique furniture in rich brown and beige tones.
The scene recalls the music video for Adele's breakout hit "Rolling in the Deep," which she wrote around age 21.
She has described the scathing heartbreak anthem as a reaction to "being told that my life was going to be boring and lonely and rubbish, and that I was a weak person if I didn't stay in the relationship. I was very insulted, and wrote that as a sort of 'fuck you.'"
By contrast, in the chorus of "Easy on Me," Adele asks for empathy and patience as she tries to heal and confront the demons in her past.
She recently told Vogue that her forthcoming album, slated for release on November 19, will see her taking more accountability for her heartbreaks.
"I realized that I was the problem," Adele said. "'Cause all the other albums are like, 'You did this! You did that! Fuck you! Why can't you arrive for me?' Then I was like: 'Oh, shit, I'm the running theme, actually. Maybe it's me!'"
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