Rumor no longer has it: Adele is back.
Early Wednesday, the singer posted a lengthy note to fans on her Twitter and Facebook accounts, confirming that a new album would arrive soon. “My last record was a break-up record,” Adele said, referring to 21, her 2011 smash-hit breakout album, “and if I had to label this one, I’d call it a make-up record. I’m making up with myself.”
In the note, Adele apologized for the long delay between albums, and shared some lessons on life.
“I haven’t got time to hold on to the crumbs of my past like I used to,” Adele wrote. “What’s done is done. Turning 25 was a turning point for me, slap bang in the middle of my 20s. Teetering on the edge of being an old adolescent and a fully-fledged adult, I made the decision to go into becoming who I’m going to be forever without a removal van full of my old junk.”
On Sunday, Adele sent the music world into hysterics when a short, cryptic teaser to promote the new album was shown during the U.K. edition of X-Factor. “Hello, it’s me,” Adele can be heard singing in the clip. “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 album is expected to be called 25, and previous reports indicated that it should arrive sometime in November.
“25 is about getting to know who I’ve become without realizing,” Adele wrote of her new record. “And I’m sorry it took so long, but you know, life happened.”
Read Adele’s heartfelt letter below.