Adele has spilled the tea about who handles her Instagram account. The “30″ artist told Nikkie Tutorials of the popular YouTube series by makeup artist and beauty influencer Nikkie de Jager, how uploading one single photo to Instagram in her lifetime cost her her password.
Adele and Nikkie were discussing how they connected via Instagram DM, and the singer explained, it was only for a brief moment that she had the controls to her own account as she’d never had access to her social media accounts before.
Adele revealed that her team kept her passwords secret because they “were worried if I got drunk or … annoyed,” she might do “whatever” — and “whatever” wouldn’t be good.
“In COVID, they [Adele’s management] let me have my password. I was never allowed my passwords for my socials before. It’s actually quite a well-known fact,” she said. “Then I posted a picture, which a lot of people know about. It’s the only picture I ever posted myself. And then they took my password away from me again.”
During the lockdown last year, Adele had access to her Instagram account when she used her account to send “funny memes and stuff” to her “actual friends” via direct messages. And that’s when she also posted a controversial photo, which led to her password being revoked.
In August last year, Adele posted a picture of herself on Instagram for which she was accused of cultural appropriation.
In the picture posted by Adele, she sported a traditional African hairstyle while marking what would have been Notting Hill carnival. The ‘Easy On Me’ singer was seen wearing a string bikini decorated with the Jamaican flag and had her hair in Bantu knots – small coiled buns typically associated with people of African descent.
The Tottenham-born singer captioned the post: “Happy what would be Notting Hill Carnival my beloved London.”
While Adele was quickly accused by Twitter users for cultural appropriation, many came to her defence. David Lammy, the Labour MP for Tottenham and shadow justice secretary, dismissed the allegations of cultural appropriation as “poppycock”. He tweeted: “This humbug totally misses the spirit of Notting Hill Carnival and the tradition of ‘dress up’ or ‘masquerade’ Adele was born and raised in Tottenham she gets it more than most. Thank you Adele. Forget the Haters.”
Claudia Webbe, the Labour MP for Leicester East, said: “Carnival is a contested event in which either the usual order of things are overthrown, unhinged and disturbed, or it can reinstitute and reinforce the very order its meant to overthrow. In this sense Adele embraces the spirit of carnival as an event which is qualified to do both.”
That was not all, Adele’s celebrity friends also appeared to approve of the look. Model Naomi Campbell, whose mother was born in Jamaica, commented with two love heart emojis and two pictures of the Jamaican flag.