Adele: "I Don't Want to Be a Celebrity"

Celebrity News May. 11, 2012 AT 5:30PM
Adele attends The Brit Awards 2012 at The O2 Arena on February 21, 2012 in London, England. Adele attends The Brit Awards 2012 at The O2 Arena on February 21, 2012 in London, England. Credit: Dave Hogan/Getty Images

With eight Grammys and millions of record sales to her name, Adele may one of the most celebrated--and successful--artists of the last few years.

Still, the modest 24-year-old, who was raised by a single mom in London's working-class Tottenham neighborhood, isn't interested in taking part in any of the hoopla accompanying her level of success.

"I was adopting an Ethiopian child . . . that's not true," she told Matt Lauer in an interview for a NBC special airing June 3. "God, there's been so many [rumors about me]."

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Added the "Someone Like You" singer, "I don't want to be a celebrity . . .I don't want to be in people's faces."

Though her recognizable visage is a fixture on newsstands and plastered on posters all over the world, the private songstress says lately she's been lucky enough to escape notice.

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"I've managed to stay out of the public eye," she revealed. "The other day I walked through Trafalgar Square on a Sunday afternoon, a tourist haven. I was a bit worried . . . I was in my pajamas as well because I had been working the day before . . .[but] nobody recognized me. A couple of people looked round, but . . . like, 'What would she be doing walking through Trafalgar Square in pajamas?'"

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When asked by Lauer if, in ten years, she hopes she's still being talked about, the visibly uncomfortable star squirmed in her seat.

"I just want to make music," she insisted. "I mean, I still hope I have a little bit of clout in ten years. But all I've ever wanted to do was sing."

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