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British songstress Adele has just ended a record breaking comeback year by landing the cover of Time Magazine. The latest issue which hits newsstands this Monday sees the Grammy winner dressed in red with that gaze that fans all over the world have fallen in love with. In the accompanying feature, Adele credits her success to her emotional vulnerability, although admitting she’s still surprised at how successful “25” turned out to be.

“The fact that I’m not shy or embarrassed to be falling apart,” Adele tells Time of why she thinks she’s successful. “Sometimes when you know someone else feels as shit as you do, or approaches things in a certain way just like you do, it makes you feel better about yourself … I hope I do bring joy to people’s lives, and not just sadness, but I think there’s a comfort in it. But I honestly don’t know. If I knew, I would bottle it, and sell it to everyone else.”

One of the main influences on the album was her 3-year-old son Angelo, whom Adele thanks for “keeping [her] totally cool and calm about the whole thing.”

“He makes me so proud of myself, and he makes me like myself so much,” she says. “I’ve never not liked myself. I don’t have hangups like that. But I’m so proud of myself that I made him in my belly … I can’t wait to know who his best friends are going to be, who his girlfriend or his boyfriend is going to be or what movies he likes … Whatever my kid wants to do or be I will always support him no matter what.”

Head over to Time Magazine for the full feature and look for the issue to hit newsstands on December 28th.