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Adele says she quit smoking because she feared death


Saturday, December 19, 2015, 3:54 PM

Adele decided smoking was a grave mistake.Ian Lawrence / Splash News/Ian Lawrence / Splash News

Adele decided smoking was a grave mistake.

The lyrics “Hello from the other side” could’ve held a far more macabre meaning for Adele.

The pop sensation kicked her habit of smoking 25 cigarettes a day four years ago because she feared for her life, she said in an interview with the Mirror published Friday.

“If I’d carried on smoking I’d probably have died from a smoking-related illness, and I think that’s really bad,” she said. “If I was dying from lung cancer I would have potentially given it to myself and that wouldn’t be something I’d be proud of.”

Doctors told the 27-year-old singer — who canceled several shows and underwent vocal cord surgery in 2011 to end chronic throat hemorrhages — that if she hoped to continue her wildly successful music career, she’d have to quit.

Another impetus to overcome the vice was her 3-year-old son, Angelo.

“I absolutely loved it, but it’s not that f—–g cool when I’m dying … and my kid is, like, devastated,” she told Rolling Stone last month.

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Adele poses with her Grammys at Staples Center on Feb. 12, 2012, in Los Angeles, Calif.

The Grammy winner was singing a different tune earlier in 2011, claiming she’d “rather (her) voice be a bit s—” than give up smoking.

“I gave up smoking for two months. It was f—–g grim. I had laryngitis about a week before the album came out and it was so frightening,” she told the Evening Standard.

“I stopped smoking, drinking, eating or drinking citrus, spicy foods and caffeine. It was so f—–g boring.”

Adele, alive and well, will embark on her first North American tour in five years July 5 to support her record-shattering new album, “25.”


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