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The most brutal conversations were being had by other women about my body. I was very f***ing disappointed with that. That hurt my feelings’

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Adele appears on the front of both the British and American editions of Vogue. PA

Adele appears on the front of both the British and American editions of Vogue. PA

Adele appears on the front of both the American and British editions of Vogue. PA

Adele appears on the front of both the American and British editions of Vogue. PA

Adele gave her first interview in five years to Vogue. PA

Adele gave her first interview in five years to Vogue. PA

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Adele appears on the front of both the British and American editions of Vogue. PA

Adele has spoken candidly about her weight loss and the public’s reaction to her changing appearance, with the singer revealing she was “very f***ing disappointed” with the conversations being had about her body.

The Someone Like You singer, who is featured on the November 2021 covers of Vogue for her first interview in five years, has been a subject of conversation since she shared a photo of herself in a black dress on her 32nd birthday.

According to the 33-year-old, her 100lb-weight loss was the result of workouts three times a day, with the British singer explaining that her motivation was not to lose weight but to manage her anxiety.

“It was because of my anxiety. Working out, I would just feel better. It was never about losing weight, it was always about becoming strong and giving myself as much time every day without my phone,” she told Vogue, adding that she “got quite addicted to it”.

The songwriter then acknowledged that many people were “shocked” she didn’t document her “journey” on social media, as the public has gotten accustomed to individuals sharing “everything on Instagram”.

However, according to Adele, she “couldn’t give a flying f**k,” with the singer noting that she didn’t feel there was a reason to share her weight loss because “did it for myself and not anyone else”.

“So why would I ever share it? I don’t find it fascinating. It’s my body,” she added.

While Adele didn’t draw attention to her weight loss, she noted that the public did, with the singer calling out the “brutal” conversations that were taking place about her appearance in her interview with US Vogue.

The objectification of her body wasn’t a new phenomenon, according to Adele, as she said her body has been “objectified” her entire career. However, what did upset her were the conversations that other women were having about her body.

“My body’s been objectified my entire career. It’s not just now. I understand why it’s a shock. I understand why some women especially were hurt. Visually I represented a lot of women. But I’m still the same person,” she said. “The most brutal conversations were being had by other women about my body. I was very f***ing disappointed with that. That hurt my feelings.”

Elsewhere in her interview, the singer addressed the “disgusting” rumours of diets and workouts that she supposedly followed, explaining that most of the reports were false.

“You know a hundred per cent of the stories written about me have been absolutely fake,” she said, adding that she hasn’t “done any diet” and, if anything, eats more than she did before.

Adele, whose divorce from her ex-husband Simon Konecki was finalised this year, also spoke candidly about the suggestions that her weight loss stemmed from a desire to obtain a “revenge body”, a claim that she resolutely denied.

“That whole thing of like: ‘Gets Revenge Body’… Oh my god. Suck my d***!” she said.

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Adele also revealed that her as yet untitled new album in an attempt to explain her divorce to her nine-year-old son.

“My son has had a lot of questions,” she told Vogue. “Really good questions, really innocent questions, that I just don’t have an answer for.”

The Hello singer adds that the record is to help him understand her emotions when he’s older:

“I just felt like I wanted to explain to him, through this record, when he’s in his twenties or thirties, who I am and why I voluntarily chose to dismantle his entire life in the pursuit of my own happiness. It made him really unhappy sometimes. And that’s a real wound for me that I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to heal,” she says.

Adele highlights a particular song on the album that is intended for her son, Angelo: “That one is obviously about stuff that happened, but I wanted to put it on the album to show Angelo what I expect him to treat his partner like, whether it be a woman or a man or whatever.”

She also says that her divorce was more of a result of drifting apart than falling out: “It just wasn’t right for me anymore. I didn’t want to end up like a lot of other people I knew. It wasn’t miserable miserable, but I would have been miserable had I not put myself first. But, yeah, nothing bad happened or anything like that.”

The singer, who has the first and fourth highest selling albums of the 21st century, says she suffered with her mental health following her divorce: “My anxiety was so terrible, I’d forget what I had or hadn’t said to Angelo about separating.”

Adele released a teaser for her first song in six years on Tuesday. The trailer reveals that Easy On Me is scheduled for release on 15 October.


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