Adele will be giving a warm “Hello” to her fans to start off her upcoming concert special Adele One Night Only, and in a new interview, she explained to Oprah Winfrey what else the song started for her.
In a minute-long snippet from the primetime special that was released on Wednesday (Nov. 10), the English pop superstar sits down with Winfrey in a similar setup to the host’s viral Prince Harry and Meghan Markle tell-all interview from this past spring. The two discuss the deeper meaning behind the opening track of her forthcoming televised set, her 2015 smash “Hello,” while Adele jokes that “I’m always going to have to start with ‘Hello.’ It’d be a bit weird if it was like halfway through the set.”
She later describes the song as “the beginning of me trying to find myself, and I hadn’t figured out yet what it was that I had to do for that. But when I wrote it, it was a real ode to like, little me, older me, all of these things,” the singer tells Winfrey while sitting across from her in a beautiful rose garden. “It’s just a song about like, ‘I’m still here.’ Like, ‘Hi, I’m still here, I still exist in every aspect of my life.'”
“Hello” was released as the lead single from her third studio album 25 in 2015. The song hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, where it remained for 10 consecutive weeks, and won three Grammy Awards including record and song of the year, while the music video has amassed nearly 3 million views.
The “Easy on Me” hitmaker, who has been reigning over the Hot 100, Billboard Global 200 and Billboard Global Excl. U.S. charts for three straight weeks with her latest single, will celebrate the release of her upcoming album 30, due Nov. 19, during the Adele One Night Only TV special this weekend. In addition to her exclusive interview with Winfrey, the Los Angeles-filmed one-off event will include Adele performing “Hello” and her other beloved hits as well as never-before-heard songs from the new album.
Watch the snippet of Adele and Oprah’s conversation below before Adele One Night Only airs Sunday night, Nov. 14, from 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. ET on CBS and streams on Paramount+.