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With Sunday night's roof-raising performance of "Rolling in the Deep" at the Grammys -- not to mention her six wins! -- Adele proved that vocal cord surgery hadn't knocked her down. In a new interview with Vogue, the singing phenomenon talks about her dramatic recovery, and admits that she had a little help from an unlikely source: John Mayer.
"John Mayer had (throat surgery) done at the same time as I did, and he really helped me be chilled out about it," says Adele, who adds that Steven Tyler and Elton John also reached out to offer their support.
Adele, who looks absolutely stunning on the magazine's March cover, says that people should stop worrying about her voice, saying, "Everyone thinks it's worse than it is." Still, she had to take months off from touring in order recover from the polyp that was destroying her ability to sing. And oddly enough, that recovery period turned out to be just what Adele needed during her crazy year of skyrocketing fame.
"When you are silent, everyone else around you is silent. So the noise in my life just stopped," she recalls. "It was like I was floating in the sea for three weeks. It was brilliant. It was my body telling me to fix me. I had so much time to kind of go over things and get over things, which is amazing... Now I just feel really at peace."
Not only did Adele have John Mayer helping her through the surgery, but she had the support of another man in her life: boyfriend Simon Konecki. As it turns out, Adele's mystery man is a 37-year-old former investment banker who now runs a charity to bring clean water to developing nations.
"He's wonderful," says Adele of her new beau. "And he's proud of me, but he don't care about what I do or what other people think. He looks after me. I don't think I would have gotten through the recovery for my surgery if it hadn't been for him."
(And yes, he's older, but she likes older men: She admits that her big crush is Alec Baldwin!)
So does Simon have to worry about being skewered in an upcoming album if he ever breaks up with her? No way, says Adele -- she has no intention of writing another 21.
"It's not like, 'You f*** me over and I'm going to write a record and make you the most hated man in the world,'" Adele swears. "I am never writing a breakup record again, by the way. I'm done with being a bitter witch."