CBS and Paramount+ this Sunday offered everyone to witness one helluva Adele concert where she also got candid in an interview with Oprah Winfrey about her personal life. From weight loss to divorce, Adele spilled the beans to many aspects of her life that attracted media attention.
The ‘Easy on Me’ singer lost close to 100 pounds in the past two years, but she revealed that she didn’t set out to drop any weight or succumb to the pressure of unattainable Hollywood beauty standards.
“I [wasn’t] shocked or even phased by it — my body has been objectified my entire career. Am I too big or am I too small, am I hot or not or whatever — I never looked up to anyone because of their body,” Adele said when asked about how she felt about some women expressing their disappointment over her weight loss. “I never admired anyone because they had the same hair color as me or the same style as me. I was body positive then and I’m body positive now. But it’s not my job to validate people feel about their bodies — I feel bad that it’s made people feel horrible about themselves but it’s not my job. I’m trying to sort my own life out.”
According to the singer, working out became a form of release while she was undergoing the height of her divorce to her ex-husband, Simon Konecki.
“[Working out] was about my anxiety, mainly. I had the most terrifying anxiety attacks after I left my marriage — it made me so confused and made me feel as if i had no control over my body,” said the singer. “I noticed how much I trusted my trainer’s presence when I was feeling so lost, but also I didn’t have any anxiety when I was out at the gym. It became my time — me having a plan everyday when I had no plans.”
During pre-recorded sit-down interview with Oprah Winfrey, Adele also revealed she felt “embarrassed” that she couldn’t make her marriage to Simon Konecki “work”.
“I’ve been obsessed with a nuclear family my whole life because I never came from one,” said the 33-year-old singer, who shares nine-year-old son Angelo with Konecki. “I from a very young age promised myself that when I had kids, that we’d stay together. We would be that united family.”
“I was so disappointed for my son, I was so disappointed for myself, I just thought I was going to be the one that stopped doing those bloody patterns all the time,” she added.
Adele and Konecki maintain a cordial relationship.
She disclosed that she trusted Konecki “with [her] life” and added the British entrepreneur “probably saved my life”.
“The stability that he and [her son] Angelo have given me, no one else would have ever been able to give me, especially at that time in my life,” she said of her ex-husband’s purpose in her past. “I could’ve easily gone down some dodgy paths, been sort of self-destructive from being so overwhelmed by all of it. And he came in and he was stable, the most stable person I’ve ever had in my life up until that point.”
When Oprah Winfrey asked what Konecki thinks of her new album, which talks about her heartbreak and guilt from the divorce, Adele answered: “He knows what kind of artist I am, that I have to dig deep and tell my stories.”
Moving from her past, Adele got candid about her romance with Rich Paul. The 15-time Grammy winner, speaking about her love revealed, “He’s just hilarious. Oh, he’s so funny, he’s hilarious, yeah. And very smart. You know, he’s very, very smart. It’s quite incredible watching him do what he does.”
“And just the easiness of it,” Adele added. “It’s just been very smooth.”