Adele was comfortable spinning tales of heartbreak into soul-rattling pop music, but that doesn't mean she's ready to spill her guts in hardcover. The 24-year-old singer and mother of a son with a mystery name reportedly walked away from a seven-figure publishing deal because she felt she was too young to write a memoir.
According to a source quoted in the Belfast Telegraph, HarperCollins offered Adele a very generous deal, which makes sense that she has a boatload of Grammys and even picked up an Oscar this year (for "Skyfall," the theme song to the James Bond film by the same name).
If it's true, the move isn't all that surprising. Aside from her struggles with her voice and health, Adele hasn't been the type to share intimate details of her personal life with fans.
She also suffers from severe stage fright, which may or may not have anything to do with her reluctance to open even more parts of her life to the public eye.
(Adele's 2011 album, "21," continues to sell an amazing amount of copies each week. For a humorous investigation into who is still buying the record, read DJ Louie XIV's HuffPost blog on the topic.)
Streisand began using teleprompters in 1976 after forgetting the lyrics to a song during a concert in Central Park. She stopped performing live for almost three decades out of fear she'd repeat the incident. Streisand told Oprah Winfrey in 2006 that she takes anti-anxiety medication to curb her stage fright. “Every single word that comes out of her mouth is in the teleprompter,” an insider told The Huffington Post about Streisand's December 2012 concert at Brooklyn's Barclays Center. “Not just the lyrics to all her songs, but also all the banter between the songs is scripted. It was shocking that when she introduces her son, who comes on stage to sing a duet with his mom, even that is in the teleprompter.” [<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/11/barbra-streisand-teleprompter-show-brooklyn_n_1958695.html" target="_blank">The Huffington Post</a>, 2012]
"I don't have the stomach for [the stage]. It takes a very brave, courageous person, and I'm too neurotic. I wouldn't survive an entire run of a play. ... If you mess up, you sort of mess up everyone else's experience as well, and you can't reset. It's frightening." [<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/15/megan-fox-broadway-stage-fright_n_1095734.html" target="_blank">The Huffington Post</a>, 2011]
<em>Discussing her role on "Nashville," which requires her to perform in front of large crowds:</em> "The show, I feel like, is an amazing second step for me because I love music and I've always had such terrible stage fright." [<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/17/hayden-pannetiere-nashville-stage-fright_n_2317904.html" target="_blank">The Associated Press</a>, 2012]
"I'm scared of audiences. I get shitty scared. One show in Amsterdam, I was so nervous I escaped out the fire exit. I've thrown up a couple of times. Once in Brussels, I projectile-vomited on someone. I just gotta bear it. But I don't like touring. I have anxiety attacks a lot." [<a href="http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/adele-opens-up-about-her-inspirations-looks-and-stage-fright-20120210" target="_blank">Rolling Stone</a>, 2012]
Knight, who has struggled with an anxiety disorder, walked offstage during the New Kids on the Block's April 4, 2013, concert in New York City without any explanation. He did not return during the concert and later tweeted, "I'm sorry......" [<a href="http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/1556371/new-kids-on-the-blocks-jonathan-knight-walks-off-stage-during-nyc-concert" target="_blank">Billboard</a>, 2013]
The lead singer of the Beach Boys deals with stage fright nightly. He receives shoulder and neck rubs and prays in an attempt to offset his anxieties. [<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/08/19/beach-boy-brian-wilson-ta_n_119867.html" target="_blank">The Associated Press</a>, 2008]
<em>On performing at South by Southwest:</em> "[It's] like London, New York, Milan and Paris fashion weeks all put together, with every musician, band, act, record label, manager, whatever -- they're all there. So it's quite daunting, to be honest, and I was terrified because I thought, God, now I've really got to make this legitimate. I felt like they were all sitting in the audience thinking, Come on, model, sing. As scary as it is, I like making real, direct eye contact with people from the stage. In a sense, it's like modeling: that feeling of locking in and projecting some kind of emotion to try to captivate people." [<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/05/24/karen-elson-talks-stage-f_n_587064.html" target="_blank">Vogue</a>, 2010]
<em>On drinking before talk-show appearances in an attempt to curb her stage fright:</em> "I understand that I have a problem, maybe. But you know what? It really gets me through." [<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/12/amanda-seyfried-liquid-courage-video_n_2282814.html" target="_blank">"Late Show With David Letterman,"</a> 2012]
“I used to get really badly nervous, but I’ve been through so many things now. There’s no point. I think there comes a point when you’re a performer and you have to get over your stage fright and you really have to enjoy the moment. … Why be nervous?” [<a href="http://www.bbcamerica.com/anglophenia/2010/12/annie-lennox-flubs-performance-on-live-with-regis-and-kelly/" target="_blank">"Live! with Regis and Kelly,"</a> 2010]
<em>On getting stage fright at unexpected moments:</em> "You can be afflicted at any point. That's the scary thing. It can be really intense. Your heart's going 10 to the dozen. It's a real shocker. It intensifies as you walk towards the stage -- and it never actually leaves." [<a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/stage/2012/sep/21/stephen-fry-stage-fright" target="_blank">The Guardian</a>, 2012]
The notoriously shy singer won a talent contest at Harlem's Apollo Theater when she was a teenager. She was supposed to dance onstage, but she got nervous and sang instead. [<a href="http://www.npr.org/programs/jazzprofiles/archive/fitzgerald_e.html" target="_blank">NPR</a>]
Simon admitted to The New Yorker's John Lahr that suffers from such great stage fright that she once had band members spank her backstage before a performance in an attempt to turn her mind away from her anxieties. She's fainted onstage before, including at a concert in the early 1960s after she saw Odetta in the audience. [<a href="http://www.newyorker.com/archive/2006/08/28/060828fa_fact_lahr" target="_blank">The New Yorker</a>, 2006]
A legendary actor both onstage and onscreen, Olivier was hit with an intense bout of stage fright that emerged around late middle age. The actor said he once had to have his manager push him onstage while performing at London's National Theatre. [<a href="http://www.nbcnews.com/id/20727420/#.UV7nD1s6Xrg" target="_blank">NBC News</a>, 2007]
When Cher was first emerging, Sonny Bono originally wanted to market her as a solo act, but the singer's stage fright prompted her to ask Bono to join her onstage. She masked her anxieties by focusing on Bono during the performances and complementing her acts with witty banter.
<em>On performing live:</em> "You know, I often ask myself why in the hell would you put yourself through this because it's very stressful. It's a lot of pressure, and for me mentally, I have to build myself up to it in my head gradually. It sounds really precious, but it messes with my head." [<a href="http://www.wnyc.org/shows/heresthething/2013/apr/01/" target="_blank">"Here's The Thing,"</a> 2013]
<em>On overcoming stage fright:</em> It has a lot to do with the time off that I had, because I realized that after six years of not doing this kind of stuff, it doesn't define who I am. It's not a life-or-death thing anymore, or at least it doesn't feel like that anymore. And I also think [I'm] getting a little bit more grown-up. I'm more secure in who I am and I don't need everybody's approval as much [Laughs] ... As much! [<a href="http://community.seattletimes.nwsource.com/archive/?date=20060702&slug=fiona02" target="_blank">The Seattle Times</a>, 2006]