Adele’s highly anticipated new album 30, she recently revealed in an extremely meme-able Instagram Live, is about “divorce, babe.” Most crucially, it’s a letter to her son Angelo, in which she explains why she upended his life by divorcing his father, Simon Konecki. “I just felt like I wanted to explain to him, when he’s in his twenties or thirties, who I am and why I willingly decided to wreck his entire existence in search of my own pleasure, through this song.” No song on 30 more exemplifies this than “My Little Love,” a funky, trip-hop-influenced R&B ballad composed just for Angelo — and even including his voice. Adele confessed to Vogue in the United States that she penned “My Little Love” in the studio the day after Angelo told her something that shocked her to her core when he was just six years old. “He asked me, ‘Can you see me?'” she said. “And I was like, ‘Uh, sure,'” she says. ‘Because I can’t see you,’ he said. My entire existence unraveled in that instant. He was aware that I was not present.” Adele stated in a November interview with Zane Lowe on Apple Music 1 that Angelo “plucked up the confidence to very articulately explain to me, ‘You’re practically a ghost.'”
Adele, on the other hand, is more present than ever in the song, calling Angelo “my little darling” and admitting her shortcomings. In the second line, she sings, “I don’t recognize myself in the coolness of the daylight, so I ain’t surprised you can read through all of my falsehoods.” “I feel terrible for being here when I’m so guilty. I’m completely lost, and you’re the only one who can help me.” “My Little Love” is interlaced with voice recordings of discussions she had with Angelo concerning the divorce, which she began recording at the direction of her doctor. “I thought that could be a lovely touch, considering as everyone’s been knocking on my door for the last ten years, as a fan, to say, ‘Would you want to come in?'” she explained. The recordings offer authentic views into her life with Angelo and how she handled a difficult period for both of them, with fans hearing him speak for the first time.
Angelo tells his mother in one audio that he doesn’t feel like she loves him, which Adele responds to with comfort. “You know mama doesn’t like anyone else as much as she likes you, right?” In the frankest voice message, she explains why Angelo could have felt that way. “Mummy’s been experiencing a lot of huge sentiments lately,” she admits. “Like how?” he asks, softly. Adele tells him quietly that she’s been feeling “confused,” and when he asks why, she speaks truthfully. “I don’t know,” she continues, “and I feel like I don’t really know what I’m doing.” “Oh, at all?” he inquires. “Not at all,” she says.
Adele stated in her Apple Music 1 that she hopes people who have been in a similar scenario may identify with her and Angelo’s journey. “I simply remember thinking about every child who has gone through a divorce, or any person who has been through divorce themselves, or anyone who wants to leave a relationship but will never do so,” she added. “Everyone has different expectations of their parents.” When we become parents, I believe we tend to think, “Oh, they did a s**t job.” But in fact, it’s f***ing difficult. Then you’ll be like Jesus. Sure, of course. I felt it was necessary for me to convey Angelo’s tale and say, “It was difficult, and I wasn’t doing a very good job at the most outrageous things.”