Adele wants to go to college and get a degree in English Literature

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LONDON — Superstar singer Adele plans to trade the stage for studies, she told fans at an intimate event in Los Angeles this week.

The “Hello” singer marked the release of a new music video for her song “I Drink Wine,” which sees her floating in a dreamlike river as a tribute to Hamlet’s Ophelia, enjoying and then refusing the drink, as she sings a typically self-reflective ballad.

“I really want to get a degree in English Literature,” Adele, 34, said at the fan event earlier this week. “I would have liked to go to university, I would have liked to have had this experience.”

Adele said she plans to take a course in 2025 after completing a Las Vegas residency at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace, which begins in November.

In January, she shocked fans by postponing her residency just 24 hours before opening night, declaring in a tearful video that her show wasn’t ready, citing delivery delays and covid. She later said she faced a ‘backlash’ from the public as a result and was ‘devastated’ by guilt, saying she was ‘a shell of a person’ within months who followed.

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Adele has previously opened up about her love of English literature.

Last year, on a TV special, she told British actress Emma Thompson that her teacher, ‘Mrs McDonald’, had inspired her to love the subject and was ‘so cool, so engaging, she really made us love it.”

Moments later, McDonald appeared in the crowd and joined her on stage. The Cockney-sounding singer broke down in tears after being reunited, in a widely shared emotional clip.

“I’m so proud of you,” the professor said kissing her.

“You really changed my life. Mom, can you believe it? Adele responds.

She told fans in Los Angeles this week that McDonald’s made her “fall in love with books”, adding, “If I hadn’t been successful in my singing, I think I would definitely be a teacher.”

Last year, Adele released her album ’30’, hailed as emotionally honest with soulful melodies, which went on to break sales records. In the album, she reflects on her divorce from British charity executive Simon Konecki, with whom she has a son, Angelo. She is now in a relationship with American sports agent Rich Paul.

In September, the singer won an Emmy Award, one step closer to rare American entertainment “EGOT” status – having already won a Grammy and an Oscar, she now only needs a Tony.

Adele won’t be the first star to return to school after finding fame again, with fellow Brit Emma Watson graduating with a degree in English Literature from Brown University in 2014 following her success in the Harry Potter film. Other actors such as Natalie Portman and America Ferrera also returned to school as celebrities, as did basketball stars Shaquille O’Neal and Stephen Curry.

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Growing up, Adele attended the BRIT School in London, a free performing and creative arts school which has alumni including singers Amy Winehouse, Leona Lewis and Jessie J.

The singer added during her Q&A session with fans that while she wouldn’t use her degree to find a job, she is already using her “passion” for English literature to write lyrics and tell stories in his music.

Adele, however, won’t be sitting in a classroom anytime soon. “I won’t go to college, I’ll do it online and with a tutor, but that’s my plan for 2025,” she said. “It’s just to get the qualifications.”

Jennifer Hassan and Helier Cheung contributed to this report.

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