Every time I think I love Adele as much as I possibly can, something else happens to tip me right back over the edge. I thought I was at my peak the day I heard 25 for the first time last year, but I was wrong, and there is proof. On Thursday, the 2016 Time 100 Most Influential People list came out, and it probably doesn't come as a surprise to you that the "When We Were Young" singer made the cut. But wait — it gets better. Jennifer Lawrence penned an essay on Adele for the mag, and somehow, she makes her sound even more like a superhero than she was before.
I love these women in equal measure, so I knew this essay would be would be one of my favorites this year. But I had no idea the hidden talent Lawrence has for making everyone sound so magical, even the people who are clearly magical without her help. In the essay, Lawrence writes about the first time they met (at the 2013 Oscars) and how captivated she felt when she snuck backstage, watching Adele sing "Skyfall." But, as Lawrence notes, it isn't just Adele's voice that makes her so incredible — it's who she is as a person, too.
The way she is able to capture herself, and then in turn us, has turned her into a star that’s not a star we look at, but a giant star with its own gravity that we are drawn to. All of this about her lyrics, and I haven’t even gotten started on the voice — how could I? It’s once-in-a-lifetime. All this about her voice and I won’t have time to talk about her intelligence. Her 500-year-old wisdom. Her patience and kindness all wrapped up in the tough skin of a damn gangster.
If you love Adele like I do, none of this is news to you. She's proven it so many times, whether it's in every album she's released, her live performances... or even in her edition of Carpool Karaoke with James Corden. It's hard not to love her for her talent and all that soul, and the way she perfectly captures all of the feelings so many of us face during some of the most difficult times of our lives. Lawrence is absolutely right — this woman is packed full of wisdom, and we are lucky to benefit from how inspiring she is.
And even though I love the whole essay, I think the ending paragraph might be my favorite.
She’s an extremely private person, so I will do my best to honor her privacy. But we all see her success. Her undeniable talent and beauty. But what you don’t see is what a wonderful mother she is. What a wonderful partner and friend she is. That she makes her son’s Halloween costumes. Adele is a gift, an international treasure, but she’s also sweet, funny, intelligent and beautiful. Bitch.
Yep, that just about sums it up. Long live Adele! I promise I'll still be here when she releases 95.