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Adele breaks silence on long-awaited album: 'I'm sorry it took so long'

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Rumor no longer has it: Adele is back.

Early Wednesday, the singer posted a lengthy note to fans on her Twitter and Facebook accounts, confirming that a new album would arrive soon. “My last record was a break-up record,” Adele said, referring to 21, her 2011 smash-hit breakout album, “and if I had to label this one, I’d call it a make-up record. I’m making up with myself.”

In the note, Adele apologized for the long delay between albums, and shared some lessons on life.

“I haven’t got time to hold on to the crumbs of my past like I used to,” Adele wrote. “What’s done is done. Turning 25 was a turning point for me, slap bang in the middle of my 20s. Teetering on the edge of being an old adolescent and a fully-fledged adult, I made the decision to go into becoming who I’m going to be forever without a removal van full of my old junk.”

On Sunday, Adele sent the music world into hysterics when a short, cryptic teaser to promote the new album was shown during the U.K. edition of X-Factor. “Hello, it’s me,” Adele can be heard singing in the clip. “I was wondering / if after all these years / you’d like to meet / To go over everything / They say that time’s supposed to heal ya / But I ain’t done much healing.”

The album is expected to be called 25, and previous reports indicated that it should arrive sometime in November.

“25 is about getting to know who I’ve become without realizing,” Adele wrote of her new record. “And I’m sorry it took so long, but you know, life happened.”

Read Adele’s heartfelt letter below.

When I was 7, I wanted to be 8. When I was 8, I wanted to be 12. When I turned 12, I just wanted to be 18. Then after that I stopped wanting to be older. Now I’m ticking 16-24 boxes just to see if I can blag it! I feel like I’ve spent my whole life so far wishing it all away. Always wishing I was older, wishing I was somewhere else, wishing I could remember and I wishing I could forget too. Wishing I hadn’t ruined so many good things because I was scared or bored. Wishing I wasn’t so matter of fact all the time. Wishing I’d gotten to know my great grandmother more, and wishing I didn’t know myself so well, because it means I always know what’s going to happen in the end. Wishing I hadn’t cut my hair off, wishing I was 5’7”. Wishing I’d waited and wishing I’d hurried up as well.

My last record was a break-up record and if I had to label this one, I would call it a make-up record. I’m making up with myself. Making up for lost time. Making up for everything I ever did and never did. But I haven’t got time to hold on to the crumbs of my past like I used to. What’s done is done. Turning 25 was a turning point for me, slap bang in the middle of my 20s. Teetering on the edge of being an old adolescent and a fully-fledged adult, I made the decision to go into becoming who I’m going to be forever without a removal van full of my old junk. I miss everything about my past, the good and the bad, but only because it won’t come back. When I was in it, I wanted out! So typical. I’m on about being a teenager, sitting around and chatting sh— and not caring about the future because it didn’t matter like it does now. The ability to be flippant about everything and there be no consequences Even following and breaking rules… is better than making the rules.

25 is about getting to know who I’ve become without realizing. And I’m sorry it took so long, but you know, life happened.

Love, Adele