Adele Calls Working with Damon Albarn a "Don't Meet Your Idol" Moment

BY Sarah MurphyPublished Nov 3, 2015

Adele is finally set to unveil the highly anticipated 25 later this month, and while it features co-writing and production credits from names like Rick Rubin, Max Martin, Ryan Tedder, Tobias Jesso Jr. and Bruno Mars, one name that won't be making the final cut is Damon Albarn.
The Blur frontman recently revealed that he had met with Adele to work on material, but deemed the results "middle of the road," calling the singer "insecure" and admitted that his contributions likely wouldn't appear on the album.
Now, in Rolling Stone's new cover story about the singer, Adele has opened up about the experience of working with Albarn. "It ended up being one of those 'don't meet your idol' moments," she told the magazine. "And the saddest thing was that I was such a big Blur fan growing up. But it was sad, and I regret hanging out with him."
None of the songs they worked on ever came to fruition ("No! None of it was right. None of it suited my record."), but Adele contested his claims beyond the musical realm, as well. "He said I was insecure, when I'm the least-insecure person I know," she said. "I was asking his opinion about my fears, about coming back with a child involved — because he has a child — and then he calls me insecure?"
So while Albarn's contributions won't be heard on the new record, there's always the chance that the disappointing collaboration with her childhood idol will spawn a great ballad.
25 is out on November 20. Read the full Rolling Stone profile here.

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