Brace yourselves, Adele fans - the British songbird has revealed that you may have to wait for two or three years for her next album.
The Someone Like You songstress, who recently underwent throat surgery to remove a benign polyp from her vocal cords, says that she wants to take a break before releasing a follow-up to her Grammy-nominated 21.
In a new email interview with music mag Billboard, Adele, 23, talks about her future plans.
"I'm really looking forward to some time to do nothing," she says. "I imagine I'll be 25 or 26 by the time my next record comes out, as I haven't even thought about my third record yet. I'm just gonna lay some concrete, set up home and just 'be' for a bit," she adds.
"I'll disappear and come back with a record when it's good enough. There will be no new music until it's good enough and until I'm ready."
Asked whether she had begun writing songs for the next album, she replies, "Nope!"
She also says she's ready for love, and admits that being on her own as her success skyrocketed was a tough call.
"It's been the most erratic year. It's been f***ing brilliant and exciting and emotional," she says. "Professionally, it's been a year that will define my life forever."
But "not having someone to share all this with made me miserable at times, to be honest," she tells the mag.
"I wanted nothing more than to be in love and be loved back. That was until I remembered I was sharing it with millions and millions and millions of people.
"I haven't been ready to be in love again since summer 2009 ... until now. And I hadn't met anyone along the way who's changed that."
She also paid tribute to late soul chanteuse Amy Winehouse.
"I certainly think Amy set the bar and a standard, but for singers and artists in general," says the singer.
"I loved her for the same reasons everyone else did - firstly, she was a remarkable singer but she was a believable and relatable artist, feisty but timid and fun but tragic - normal! She created herself. That's what inspired me."
Asked about her recovery after throat surgery, Adele shares: "The surgery couldn't have gone better. But because I was singing with damaged vocal chords for three or four months and because of the surgery and because of the silence after the surgery I now have to build myself back up vocally."
She also updated fans on her recovery via a recent blog post.
"It's gonna be a lot easier for me to sing now," she adds. "And mentally I won't be worried about my voice on stage anymore. So I have to get used to that. That'll take most of January, so February I'll be singing properly!
Which suggests she could be back to her dulcet-toned best and up for performing at next February's Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, for which she's bagged an impressive six nominations.
Click on over to Billboard for the full interview.
Speaking to Q magazine back in July, Adele said that she wants her next album to be more "acoustic and piano-led" than its predecessor.
"I've accumulated some things to write about again. I'd go into the studio tomorrow if I could," she told the mag.
"It won't be a big production. I want it to be quite acoustic and piano-led. I want to write it, record it, producer it all and master it on my own."
"I think it'll take a lot longer because I want to do it this way."
Check out the trailer for her Live At The Royal Albert Hall DVD:
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