When it comes to the strong opinions of others about her body, Adele is not surprised or willing to shoulder a burden that she believes is not hers. The singer, who has received praise and criticism after losing a lot of weight, frankly explained how she relates to the public conversation surrounding her body in a new interview with Oprah Winfrey.
Adele broached the subject during the CBS Special Adele one night only which aired on Sunday. Winfrey asked Adele how she dealt with the backlash from her weight loss, which began after the singer posted a photo of herself on Instagram on her birthday in 2020. Adele said the controversy was over. not new to her as she has responded to other people’s unsolicited comments about her body for as long as she has been in the public eye. “I’m not shocked or even confused by this because my body has been objectified my entire career,” Adele said. « I’m either too tall or I’m too short. Either I’m hot or I’m not, whatever.
Adele also discussed how she struggles with the idea that she lets people down by losing weight (given, for example, that some people in bigger bodies may feel like they’ve lost an ally for body positivity or the fat acceptance movement). The singer says that while her physical appearance has changed, her respect for her own body and body positivity haven’t changed. “I was positive for the body back then, and I’m positive for the body now,” Adele said. “But it’s not my job to validate what people think about their bodies. »
As for people who don’t find Adele as accessible or inspiring when in a smaller body, the singer said she feels bad, but admitted she couldn’t relate to this dynamic from experience. personal. « I never admired anyone because of their body, » Adele said. While Adele didn’t feel good that her weight loss might have made some people worse about their own bodies, she was clear that she was. Nor will I take the burden of this ripple effect. “I feel bad that it made someone feel bad about themselves,” Adele said. « But that’s not my job. I can’t – I’m trying to sort my own life. I can’t add one more worry and one more thing to try to nail down. I can’t. »
Adele touched on similar themes last month when discussing the controversy surrounding her weight in a Vogue profile, as SELF reported. In this interview, Adele expressed empathy for people who thought she had let them down. “I understand why this is a shock. I understand why some women in particular have been hurt. Visually, I represented a lot of women, « Adele said. » But I’m still the same person. « She also revealed how hurt she was with cruel comments. » The most brutal conversations were from other women. about my body, « Adele said. » I was very disappointed with that. It hurt me. «
In her conversation with Winfrey, Adele pointed out that she didn’t intentionally lose weight because she wasn’t happy with her body. (Adele described weight loss as more of a byproduct of taking charge of her mental health, explaining that exercise gave her relief from her severe anxiety, as well as her structure and focus, during a stressful time surrounding her divorce in 2019.) And she brought up the fact that her body is likely to change again – something that she totally agrees with. Adele noted that, for example, she may gain weight with a change in her eating and exercise habits when she goes on tour. “My weight can fluctuate,” she said. « But I don’t care about gaining weight. I don’t care about losing it again. It’s not about that. »