Adele confirms long-awaited third album is called 25 and reveals new 'make-up record' has helped her let go of 'old junk' in her life

Adele has finally broken her silence about her upcoming third album.

The Grammy award-winning singer released a statement on Wednesday morning which confirmed the record will be called 25, and revealed the songs are inspired by the 'turning point' in her life when she transitioned into a 'fully-fledged adult'.

In her heartfelt Facebook message, Adele said her new material, her first since 2011's hit factory 21, is a 'make-up record' about letting go of the baggage of her past and focusing on the future.

The statement took the form of an essay about the 27-year-old star's biggest regrets in life, including wasted opportunities and wishing her life away.

It began: 'When I was 7, I wanted to be 8. When I was 8, I wanted to be 12. When I turned 12 I just wanted to be 18. Then after that I stopped wanting to be older. Now I'm ticking 16-24 boxes just to see if I can blag it! I feel like I've spent my whole life so far wishing it away.'

'Always wishing I was older, wishing I was somewhere else, wishing I could remember and wishing I could forget too. Wishing I hadn't ruined so many good things because I was scared or bored.'