Adele reveals to Kiwi Zane Lowe that she almost didn't release her new album '30', out today

Adele had considered not releasing her new album.

The 33-year-old singer's long-awaited fourth album is out now in New Zealand but she has admitted to previously having doubts about whether to make the songs available to the public.

Adele made some surprising revelations about what went into making her new album. Photo / ApplePhoto / Apple Music

The Grammy-winning star - whose new record was inspired by her divorce from ex-husband Simon Konecki - said: "There were moments when I was writing these songs, and even when I was mixing them and stuff like that, where I was like, 'Maybe I don't need to put this album out'. Like maybe I should write another."

Adele admits she approaches writing music as if it's a form of therapy, a way of releasing the emotions of her divorce and the other challenges she's faced over recent years "out of [her] system".

Speaking to New Zealander Zane Lowe on Apple Music 1, she said: "Just because music is my therapy, I'm never going into the studio to be like, 'Right, I need another hit.' It's not like that for me.

"When something is more powerful and overwhelming than me, I like to go to a studio because it's normally a basement and there's no f****** windows and no reception, so no one can get hold of me. So I'm basically running away. And no one would've known I'd written that record. And it's like maybe I just had to get it out of my system and stuff."

Adele - who has a 9-year-old son, Angelo, with Konecki - also believes that being sincere is a crucial element of her success because her fans can relate to her and her struggles.

She said: "I don't think there's any expectation of sincerity left in music from artists. And, I believe that artists are sincere. And, I think to be an artist, like an actual artist, it comes from deep within us. And, it's a necessity that we have to put it out.

Zane Lowe had an hour-long conversation with Adele. Photo / Apple
Photo / Apple Music

"And I don't just mean being an artist as a singer or a writer. It could be a painter. It could be a photographer. It could be a chef, an architect. Someone that's creating something."

Watch the full interview above.

- Bang! Showbiz