The year of Adele

Anderson Cooper profiles British singer Adele, who proves the health of her voice by singing him one of her soulful songs...a cappella.

Cooper: So what's that fear?

Adele: That I'm not going to deliver. I'm not going to deliver. That I'm not going to-- people aren't going to enjoy it. They're-- they're going to-- that I'll ruin their love for my songs by doing them live. I feel sick. I get a bit panicky.

Cooper: Have you ever thrown up?

Adele: Yeah. Oh yeah. Yeah. A few times.

Cooper: Really?

Adele: Yeah. Projectile. Yeah. 'Cause it just comes (makes noise) it just comes out. It does.

That kind of candid talk is typical Adele. She is naturally generous with the details of her life, but her success is changing that. Fed up with paparazzi staking out her home in London, she's just rented this very large, but very private home in the English countryside.

Adele: This here, this is just safety, this house. Come on Louie!

Anderson: That's why you're out here? Just because...for privacy?

Adele: Yeah.

She's learned about fame, the hard way. In the past, too many personal details of her life ended up in the tabloid press. So she set traps to catch the sources...

Adele: I plant stories and see who leaks them and then I get rid of 'em, yeah.

Cooper: Really? So you would tell them something that--

Adele: I'd tell, like, a group of people who I was suspicious of, I'd tell them a different story with different details in it, but all roughly the same story so I could keep my eye on it. And then when I knew it would come out, yeah, I knew who it was.

Cooper: That's kinda depressing.

Adele: Yeah, it was still-- it's quite fun as well-- not firing people that you love, but yeah, it's necessary.

Inside the rented mansion there are 10 bedrooms, 9 more than she needs, and almost no furniture.

Adele: This is, this house is a bit of a cliche, really. This bit's all quite scary, really. It was a convent for a little while.

Cooper: Ever seen "The Shining?"

Adele: "All work and no play."

Adele: And then this is the pool.

Cooper: Wow!

Adele: Do you have a pool?


Adele: So these wings... (laughs)...these wings that way and that way is empty, really. There a couple of space bedrooms 'round there and this is my suite.

Cooper: I love what you've done with the place.

Adele: I've been busy.

She's about to get a lot busier. Now that her voice has healed, demand for her to tour has never been higher.

Cooper: Did you ever feel pressure to, "Well, I gotta look a certain way, I have to--"

Adele: No, never. I've never seen magazine covers and seen music videos and been like, "I need to look like that if I want to be a success." Never, I don't want to be some skinny mini with my t**s out. I really don't want to do it. And I don't want people confusing what it is that I'm about.

Adele: I'm not shocking. I just stand there and sing. And I don't do stunts or anything.

Cooper: But I think that's one of the things that is so remarkable about your success. And-- is that you're kind of the anti-pop star. I mean, you're not--

Adele: No, I am.

Cooper: You know what I mean. I mean, there aren't any gimmicks. It's basically the power of your voice and what you're singing.

Adele: If I wanted to do all that, I don't think I'd get away with it. I just I don't think people would believe me.

Cooper: But in your songs, I think people believe that you have experienced what you're singing about. I think that comes through.

Adele: I'm just writing love songs. I'm not trying to be pop. I'm not trying to be jazz. I'm not trying to be anything. I'm just writing love songs. And everyone loves a love song.