By Zachary Swickey
Our favorite British songbird Adele has admitted to kickin’ back grandpa’s old cough medicine in order to write honest, introspective lyrics.
The starlet spoke with The Sun about her songwriting process during sessions for 21. “I used to have to lock myself away in my house, get pretty drunk, and write a drunk diary – and that was the first time I could admit things to myself,” she said.
Apparently, Adele feels drinking puts her heart on her sleeve. “A drunk tongue is an honest one in my opinion and the next morning I would read it through with an awful hangover and, in the cold light of day, had to absorb my feelings about myself.”
While we’re not worried about Adele – the girl seems to have her head on straight and is clearly doing just fine with seven MTV Video Music Award nomination – in June, MTV News spoke to Dr. Karen Khaleghi, founder and education director of Creative Care Malibu, concerning Amy Winehouse and she warned against the dangers that can occur when an artist “feels they need to be in an altered state to be at their creative best.”
Plenty of artists, some of whom you might not expect, have admitted to toking up in the studio to get their creative juices flowing. Lord knows Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa and Kid Cudi have all done it, but even John Mayer, Justin Timberlake and Lady Gaga have discussed experimenting with marijuana while recording tracks. With the passing of Winehouse, however, it’s worth noting that this can sometimes (but certainly not always) be a slippery slope.
Adele also made a shocking reveal by admitting she had written a song for the film “Love and Other Drugs” – a rom/com starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway – that the producers ultimately turned down. (Can you say “regret?”)
“I was in for a good shot but I submitted the wrong song. I love that kind of movie,” Adele said. “Maybe next time.”
I’m sure the producers will gladly take her up on that “next time.”