It’s been a full decade since Amy Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning, but her memory still strikes a chord with Adele.
Adele, who’s set to release her long-awaited 30 album next month, tells Vogue that she felt a little too close to Amy, who she didn’t know that well personally. She says, “I got really famous right as Amy Winehouse died. And we watched her die right in front of our eyes. I’ve always had a very close relationship with alcohol. I was always very fascinated by alcohol. It’s what kept my dad from me. So I always wanted to know what was so great about it.”
She adds that Amy’s death had a huge impact for a number of reasons. “It really offended me. I picked up the guitar because of Amy’s first album. She means the most to me out of all artists. Because she was British. Because she was amazing. Because she was tortured. Because she was so funny. I’m not having these people I don’t know take my legacy, my story away from me, and decide what I can leave behind or what I can take with me.”
That legacy will now include 30, which is set for release on November 19th.