Over the past couple of years, Adele’s weight loss drew a lot of attention, even before the singer herself had commented publicly on it. As she promotes her newly-released (and highly-anticipated) new album, 30, the topic of her body has come up multiple times in interviews, as the public is still seemingly curious about her physical “transformation.”
Now, Adele has detailed her perspective on her weight loss and the resulting commotion. In a new interview with The Face, the “Easy On Me” singer clarified that while she feels “really happy” right now, it’s “not because of my weight, it’s because of the dedication I gave to my brain with therapy and stuff like that, and a lot of crying.”
The singer also reveals that losing weight wasn’t a ticket to loving every inch of her body unconditionally, 24/7. She tells the publication that she still has many of the same feelings about her body she’s always had, sharing that she still hates both her arms and feet and doesn’t enjoy showing them — even if she’s getting glam on the cover of Vogue.
While the typical narrative surrounding weight loss glorifies fitting into smaller sizes, Adele pointed out the flip side of that coin. While buying a “whole new wardrobe” was “fun,” she says in the interview, she also “had to get rid of a lot of clothes that I had great memories in.”
Rather than her weight, it’s a newfound strength Adele feels the best about, as she goes on to explain in the interview. After battling back pain since she was 15 from multiple slipped discs and then having a C-section with her son, Angelo, in 2012, she experienced frequent pain flare-ups — something that her time in the gym helped with, she shares. “But where I got my tummy strong, down at the bottom, which I never had before, my back don’t play up as much,” she tells The Face. “It means I can do more, I can run around with my kid a little bit more.”
As for how the public commentary around her weight loss affected her, Adele acknowledges that while she felt the weight of others’ disappointment with her weight loss, she had to follow the path that was right for her. “Of course I’m concerned that so many people were so hurt by it,” she says of her weight loss. “That’s a real thing. But I never gave myself that role or job. It’s not my responsibility. I’ve never set my validations on anyone else, I would never. I was told that from a young age. If you want something, you do it yourself. If you wanna end up somewhere, it’s your journey. It makes me sad that people expected that much from me, because that’s unattainable for anybody. Things that people say, how someone looks, whatever. It’s not my job.” She added, “But I totally get it. I don’t want to be the source of someone’s happiness or unhappiness. It obviously hurts my feelings that people might feel let down by me like that.”
Ultimately, though, she reminds fans that among the many reasons they love her so much — her big, brash, joyful, vibrant personality and her talent — are what matter, and they’re never going anywhere, no matter what her body looks like.
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