Adele has admitted it was "weird" taking a break from music.
The 27-year-old superstar will release her third album '25' on Friday (20.11.15) but has acknowledged it was an odd decision to wait more than four years before releasing the collection, even though she believes it was the "right thing" to do.
She said: "I know some people thought I was mad for taking a break. Even I can see it was a bit weird. But I'm glad it happened. I think it was the right thing. It slowed everything down."
The 'Hello' singer sold more than 30 million copies of her 2011 album '21' and while the pressure of creating a follow-up proved to be difficult, it was her three-year-old son Angelo - who she had with her partner Simon Konecki - who encouraged her to make a comeback.
Asked about her motivation to return, she explained to The Observer Music magazine: "Um. My son. I felt so mega having given birth; the confidence from that, I felt unstoppable. I'm sure most women feel that ... Towards the end of the '21' stuff, I couldn't remember why I was doing it any more. I couldn't answer the question: 'Why am I halfway around the world? On my own?' But then, after I had my son, I thought, 'Yeah, that's why I did it all.' I felt proud of what I'd achieved with '21' for the first time. And now everything I do, in every channel of my life, is part of a legacy that I'm making for my child. For my children, if I have more. I'm not motivated by much, certainly not by money - but I'm motivated by that. I want my child to see his mum running a proper business again. Being a boss again. Hopefully smashing it again."