Adele’s recent comments about her son are absolutely perfect.
Is there anyone in the world more fabulous than Adele? The answer is no, and the singer reminded us of that this week when her Time Magazine cover story was released.
First, there’s this utterly flawless cover photo:
But what really has everyone talking are Adele’s moving and inspirational comments about being a mom. The singer gave birth to son, Angelo, in 2012, and since then, she hasn’t been shy in talking about motherhood and how much it means to her. In this latest interview, she gave us a little glimpse into her parenting style, saying she’s so proud of her son and will always love and accept him, no matter what happens in the future.
“He makes me so proud of myself, and he makes me like myself so much. I’ve never not liked myself. I don’t have hangups like that. But I’m so proud of myself that I made him in my belly … This human who’s suddenly walking around and doing his own thing. I can’t wait to know who his best friends are going to be, who his girlfriend or his boyfriend is going to be or what movies he likes … Whatever my kid wants to do or be I will always support him no matter what.”
Her comments have gotten a lot of attention, particularly regarding what she said about her son’s future “girlfriend or boyfriend.” As many have noted, it’s awesome that Adele is so nonchalant about it and is encouraging her son to love whomever he wants right from the get-go. According to the Huffington Post, the singer has always been an LGBT advocate. She even described in Out Magazine how moving it’s been to get letters from fans saying her music helped them come out to their loved ones. It’s cool to see she’s not only an advocate in public, but is also walking the walk in her private life.
We’ve made great strides in fighting for equality for the LGBT community, but there’s still a long, long way to go. According to the CDC, gay youth are still four to six times more likely to commit suicide than other young people, and suicide is still the second leading cause of death among people ages 10-24. Creating a culture of acceptance saves lives, and it’s largely up to parents and families to do that in our individual homes.
When big names like Adele come out as vocal supporters of unconditional love and acceptance, it reinforces those attitudes as the norm, and that’s a wonderful thing. Whether someone likes girls, boys, both, or neither, it shouldn’t be a big deal, and thanks to parents like Adele, we’re raising a new generation where it won’t be. Kudos to progressive parents like Adele for making the world a kinder, more loving place.