Adele snubbed the chance to team up with George Michael and pay tribute to Amy Winehouse at a charity show in honour of Dame Elizabeth Taylor last year, because she was still coming to terms with her friend's death.
The former Wham! star was keen to honour the Rehab hitmaker, who died from alcohol poisoning last July, at his fundraising concert in London in November, and he approached the soul star about the possibility of performing Winehouse's track Love Is A Losing Game.
Adele turned down the gig, and Michael reveals her grief was still too raw four months on from the tragedy.
Speaking on London's Heart 106.2 radio, he says, "We communicated by email... and initially what I wanted was for us to sing Love Is A Losing Game by Amy Winehouse at the Elizabeth Taylor tribute I did at Covent Garden.
"She was basically telling me she couldn't even... she tried to put one of (Winehouse's) songs in her own set and she couldn't even get through it. I think they knew each other from the Brits School (The BRIT School for Performing Arts).
"They're obviously musical goddesses but I think the tragedy would have been too much for her."
However, Michael - who donated the proceeds of his special November show to the Elton John AIDS Foundation and the Elizabeth Taylor Memorial Fund - is eager to team up with pregnant Adele when she makes her return to music after giving birth.
He adds, "I would love to do a track with her. I think she has no plans other than to have a baby right now and I think she wants to lay low for a while and gather herself and to then come back to us relatively soon with some more music and I'd love to be involved when that happens. She's lovely."
British singer Amy Winehouse uses her mobile phone as she arrives at Belgrade airport June 18, 2011. AFP PHOTO / ANDREJ ISAKOVIC (Photo credit should read ANDREJ ISAKOVIC/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 25: Amy Winehouse waits on the balcony before The Libertines perform live at The Forum on August 25, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - MARCH 16: Amy Winehouse is sighted shopping at her local supermarket on March 16, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Neil Mockford/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 26: (UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS OUT) Amy Winehouse attends the 2009 Q Awards held at the Grosvenor House Hotel on October 26, 2009 in London, England. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)
A combination of file photos shows British singer Amy Winehouse (L) and her former husband Blake Fielder-Civil (R) in London. Troubled British singer Amy Winehouse was divorced from her estranged husband, Blake Fielder-Civil, in London on Thursday July 16, 2009, after two years of marriage, her spokesman said. The 25-year-old won five Grammy awards off the back of her debut album 'Back to Black' and the hit single 'Rehab', but has since been engaged in a well-publicised struggle with drugs. AFP PHOTO/LEON NEAL/CARL DE SOUZA/FILES (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/CARL DE SOUZA/AFP/Getty Images)
CHELMSFORD, UNITED KINGDOM - AUGUST 17: Amy Winehouse performs live on the V stage during Day Two of V Festival 2008 at Hylands Park on August 17, 2008 in Chelmsford, England. (Photo by Simone Joyner/Getty Images)
LONDON - FEBRUARY 10: British singer Amy Winehouse performs at The Riverside Studios for the 50th Grammy Awards ceremony via video link on February 10, 2008 in London, England. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images for NARAS)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 10: (Via Broadcast from London) Singer Amy Winhouse (L) hugs her mother Janis Winehouse after hearing that she won Record of the Year award for 'Back to Black' onstage during the 50th annual Grammy awards held at the Staples Center on February 10, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 01: (UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS OUT) Amy Winehouse performs during the show at the MTV Europe Music Awards 2007 at the Olympiahalle on November 1, 2007 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images for MTV)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - JUNE 03: Musician Amy Winehouse (L) and husband musician Blake Fielder-Civil arrive to the 2007 MTV Movie Awards held at the Gibson Amphitheatre on June 3, 2007 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
LONDON - JUNE 18: (UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS OUT) Musician Amy Winehouse and her husband Blake Fielder-Civil arrive at the Mojo Honours List Awards Ceremony at The Brewery on June 18, 2007 in London, England. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)
LONDON - FEBRUARY 14: (UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS OUT) Singer Amy Winehouse arrives at The BRIT Awards 2007 in association with MasterCard at Earls Court 1 on February 14, 2007 in London, England. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)
LONDON - FEBRUARY 12: Amy Winehouse and Kelly Osbourne arrive at the Elle Style Awards at the Round House Camden on February 12, 2007 in London, England (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
LONDON - OCTOBER 30: (UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS OUT) Singer Amy Winehouse and TV presenter Russell Brand pose in the awards room at the Q Awards 2006 at Grosvenor House Hotel on October 30, 2006 in London, England. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)
LONDON - SEPTEMBER 7: (UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS OUT) Amy Winehouse performs live at the annual 'Nationwide Mercury Music Prize' at the Grosvenor House on September 7, 2004 in London. The twelve albums short listed this year were Basement Jaxx (Kish Kash), Belle & Sebastian (Dear Catastrophe Waitress), Franz Ferdinand (Franz Ferdinand), Jamelia (Thank You), Keane (Hopes and Fears), Snow Patrol (Final Straw), Joss Stone (The Soul Sessions, The Streets (A Grand Don't Come For Free), Ty (Upwards), Amy Winehouse (Frank), Robert Wyatt (Cuckooland) and The Zutons (Who Killed The Zutons). (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)
LONDON - JANUARY 15: Singer Amy Winehouse performs live on stage at HMV Oxford Street on January 15, 2004 in London. (Photo by Bruno Vincent/Getty Images)
LONDON - JANUARY 12: (UK NEWSPAPERS OUT) Singer Amy Winehouse arrives at the announcement of the shortlist for The Brit Awards 2004 at the Park Lane Hotel on January 12, 2004 in London. The Brits Awards take place on February 17 2004. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)