Picks and Pans Review: Catching Up with ... Adele

updated 05/16/2011 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/16/2011 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Your debut, 19, was such a smash-were you afraid of the sophomore slump when you recorded 21?

Yes. I didn't know what to write. Luckily I broke up with my ex-that's good material. But I was insecure because it's so personal, you know?

How did you survive the breakup?

I locked myself in my house for nine months, drank four bottles of wine a night and listened to Bonnie Raitt's "I Can't Make You Love Me."

Who's your ideal guy now?

I'd rather date an ugly, hilarious guy than Leonardo DiCaprio. Humor keeps relationships together.

Would you prefer to settle down with a Brit over an American?

American men don't get my humor-it's very dry and sarcastic. Ideally I'd be with an English guy who lived in England because I hate flying. On a plane I'm convinced I'm going to die, so I call and text everyone I love.

How has your style changed?

I didn't have a stylist for the first [album], so it was a lot of comfort jumpers and leggings. Now I have a stylist who knows my figure and knows how I feel about my body.

How do you feel about it? Have you been pressured to diet?

I've never wanted to look like the models on magazine covers. I wasn't brought up like that. I hate when something is all visual and not about the music. I'm not one of those artists, so I don't have the pressure. But I still have hang-ups. I sometimes wake up and hate myself just like anyone else does, sometimes for my body, sometimes for a drunk text I sent. But even before I sold any records, I always stood up for myself!

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