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Adele reportedly turns down seven-figure book deal

April 18, 2013|By Hector Tobar
  • Adele holds her awards at the 54th Annual Grammys in 2012. This milestone and others won't be turning up in an autobiography.
Adele holds her awards at the 54th Annual Grammys in 2012. This milestone… (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles…)

“I don’t know if I really have anything to say.” That problem has rarely stopped wanna-be book writers before. But the singer Adele, in a remarkable display of her own maturity and self-awareness, has reportedly turned down a seven-figure deal for her autobiography for precisely that reason.

According to the Daily Mirror, Harper Collins met with the superstar singer’s managers and made the million-plus offer. She said no, thank you. According to that British tabloid, she feels she's simply too young to write a memoir. She hasn’t lived enough yet.

“Adele’s never been a really showy person,” a source tells the Daily Mirror. “So it was always going to take a lot to get her to write her life story anyway."

“But even though she received a lucrative offer, her primary concern was that she doesn’t want to write a book about just 24 years,” the source continued. “She feels she’d rather wait until she has more life experience to write about.”

Actually, I’m pretty sure that a skilled author could listen to Adele tell her story about being raised by a very young single mom and finding her voice after accidentally discovering Ella Fitzgerald records and write a memorable and moving memoir for her.

But alas, yes, Adele’s story will be an even better book when she gets a little more living under her belt, and even more wisdom than she possesses already.

Of course, she also might be that rare celebrity artist who simply wants to keep her story private, as the New York Daily News speculated.

“But despite being a worldwide musical phenomenon, Adele is reportedly an extremely private person who suffers from severe stage fright,” the paper wrote.

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