Adele has confessed that it "broke [her] heart" to write the songs on her new album 21.
In an interview with MTV News, the 'Someone Like You' singer revealed that the positive response received by the record - which was inspired by what she described as her first "real relationship" - has helped her to move past the sadness she still feels about her ex-boyfriend.
"It broke my heart when I wrote this record, so the fact that people are taking it to their hearts is like the best way to recover. 'Cause I'm still not fully recovered. It's going to take me ten years to recover, I think, from the way I feel about my last relationship," she explained.
"It was the biggest deal in my entire life to date... He made me totally hungry... He was older, he was successful in his own right, whereas my boyfriends before were my age and not really doing much."
She continued: "He got me interested in film and literature and food and wine and traveling and politics and history, and those were things I was never, ever interested in. I was interested in going clubbing and getting drunk."
Adele recently admitted that people find her "depressing" because of the content of her songs.