The piano ballad is apparently directly addressing her ex-husband Simon Konecki and her nine-year-old son Angelo, while explaining why she left her marriage.
Shot in black-and-white at the beginning, the music video, which was filmed in Quebec, Canada last month, features Adele taking a last look around an empty house before picking up her suitcase, putting on sunglasses and leaving.
She then has a conversation on the phone before getting into her car and driving off, passing a “sold” sign outside what was her family home.
Go easy on me, baby, Adele sings as the piano comes in while she drives past a newly married couple.
I was still a child, didn’t get the chance to feel the world around me, I had no time to choose what I chose to do.
Later, she appears to address the reasons for the break-up: You can’t deny how hard I tried, I changed who I was to put you both first but now I give up.
As she sings the chorus again, the black and white video begins to change to colour and a vibrant red colour scheme emerges – seemingly representing the life transition she’s making.
She adds: I had good intentions, and I had these hopes, but I know it now, it probably doesn’t even show.
Although the song pulls on the heartstrings, the video ends on a less serious note, with a behind-the-scenes clip showing Adele having a laugh while being blown by a wind machine. The music video has already garnered over 15 million views since it was released at midnight on October 15.
Fans of the singer have taken to social media to share their feelings about the first new Adele song in six years – and have joked that the singer didn’t go easy on them with her comeback track.