"Rumour Has It" (CD Single)

Music review by
Jessica Dawson, Common Sense Media
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Popular with kids
Sassy, bluesy-pop song about cheating isn't graphic.

Parents say

age 9+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 15 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

At first the message is about cheating and going behind someone's back, but in the end the singer realizes that she's better than that.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Adele continues to amaze with her voice, strength, honesty, and vulnerability.


Implies cheating and sneaking around behind someone's back.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that "Rumour Has It" is another powerful commentary about relationships and how they can go wrong from the sweet and sassy Adele. There are some implications of cheating and messing around with someone who is taken, but in the end the singer sees the light and moves on without him. Other than the mature theme, there's nothing inappropriate for kids here.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 11-year-old Written byBinge W. August 7, 2018

Another Adele has a little more sexy stuff in it

Talking about cheating on boyfriend and stuff like that but nothing much
Adult Written byJEDI micah November 10, 2012


Once again, this is another one of Adele's masterpieces! It's super catchy! Adele seems to never run out of good songs to make!
Kid, 12 years old January 4, 2014

Adele - Rumour Has It

Good fun song
One line is "she is half your age" but that's the only bad thing
Kid, 10 years old October 17, 2013

Fun, dancing song.

Catchy, clean, and a good singer.

What's the story?

On the heels of a series of hits like "Rollin' in the Deep" and "Someone Like You," Adele packs a punch with "RUMOUR HAS IT." The drum-driven bluesy-pop single about deciding to leave an unhealthy relationship lets the singer show her strength, sassiness, and gift for making songs you love to sing.

Is it any good?

It's hard to believe that anything could top "Someone Like You," "Rollin' in the Deep," or "Set Fire to the Rain," but Adele's blues-kickin' "Rumour Has It" raises the bar and proves why this brazen beauty can spit fire and make you cry all in one song. As she sings, "Bless your soul, you've got your head in the clouds / You made a fool outta me / And, boy, you're bringing me down," it's easy to picture a pencil-skirt-wearing Adele ready to kick the dirt up in a lover's face as she turns on her heels and walks away. Once again, Adele proves why she should be the reigning queen of poetry put to music, and rumour has it, she is.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the enduring allure of Adele. What makes her and her music so relevant and popular today? Is it her voice, the lyrics, the music? Or the overall package?

  • What does it mean to be in a healthy relationship? What are some signs that could mean potential trouble in a relationship? Does Adele do a good job writing about some of these issues in her songs?

  • Why are so many pop songs about relationships? Do other genres focus on this topic, too?

Music details

  • Artist: Adele
  • Release date: February 29, 2012
  • Type: Single
  • Label: XL Recordings
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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