How Amy Winehouse made Adele the singer she is today

There is a secret heartbreak behind Adele‘s music, and it’s not unrequited love – instead, it’s her lasting sadness surrounding Amy Winehouse’s death.

‘I went through my own massive grieving process as her fan,’ she told i-D magazine, ‘I loved her.’ Despite the pain, Adele is grateful for the influence Amy has had on her: ‘I got to a place where I felt really great about the impact she’d had on my life, in every way.’ The stars attended the same performing arts college, the BRIT School in Croydon, but Amy was a few years above Adele. They later performed together at the 2008 Brit Awards, at the height of Amy’s success.

The Hello singer also says she owes her success to Amy: ‘If it wasn’t for Amy, one hundred per cent I wouldn’t have picked up a guitar, I wouldn’t have written Daydreamer or Hometown and I wrote Someone Like You on the guitar too.’

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However, she has one big regret: she wishes she hadn’t watched Amy, the film about Amy Winehouse’s life. ‘”I got super emotional with the funeral footage. But I wasn’t really that into the saved voicemails and stuff like that. I felt like I was intruding so I actually felt a little bit uncomfortable and that ruined it for me. I love watching her, but I kind of wish I hadn’t seen it,’ she revealed.

Adele has previously written about her idol Amy, dedicating a blog post titled ‘Amy flies in paradise’ to the star following her 2011 death. ‘I don’t think she ever realised just how brilliant she was and how important she is,’ she wrote, ‘Although I’m incredibly sad about Amy passing I’m also reminded of how immensely proud of her I am as well. We believed every word she wrote, and it would sink in deep when she sang them.’