“The most brutal conversations were being had by other women about my body,” the singer said
Whenever a female celebrity loses weight, it becomes such a thing. From that moment on, it seems they can’t exist without said weight loss becoming the center of every headline and conversation about them. They’re never just like, enjoying a day at the beach. They’re flaunting their new bikini body! They’re showing off their new figure! It’s weird and gross and it’s, of course, exactly what happened to Adele when she revealed in 2020 that she’d lost nearly a hundred pounds.
Now, almost two years later, the singer shared in interviews with Vogue and British Vogue how hurt and shocked she was by the reaction to her weight loss — and set the record straight about her motivation. Contrary to internet chatter, Adele disgustedly rejected the notion that she aimed for a “revenge body” after her split from ex-husband Simon Konecki.
“It was because of my anxiety,” she explained. “Working out, I would just feel better. It was never about losing weight, it was always about becoming strong and giving myself as much time every day without my phone. I got quite addicted to it. I work out two or three times a day.”
While we’ve seen so many stars share every step of their weight loss on social media, sometimes even cashing in with endorsements and promotional partnerships, Adele deliberately didn’t go that route. “People are shocked because I didn’t share my ‘journey’. They’re used to people documenting everything on Instagram, and most people in my position would get a big deal with a diet brand. I couldn’t give a flying f**k. I did it for myself and not anyone else,” she said. “So why would I ever share it? I don’t find it fascinating. It’s my body.”
But her body immediately became a target of so much speculation and criticism — including from fans who seemed to feel that she was somehow betraying plus-sized people or buying into diet culture by losing weight. Some accused of her no longer being a role model — others chimed in on her social media to say they preferred her before the weight loss (begging the question, who the hell asked you?!).
“My body’s been objectified my entire career. It’s not just now. I understand why it’s a shock. I understand why some women especially were hurt. Visually I represented a lot of women. But I’m still the same person,” she said of the reaction. “The most brutal conversations were being had by other women about my body. I was very fucking disappointed with that. That hurt my feelings.”
“People have been talking about my body for 12 years. They used to talk about it before I lost weight. But yeah, whatever, I don’t care,” she says. “You don’t need to be overweight to be body positive, you can be any shape or size.”
It’s horribly sad that her weight would be the subject of so much talk, when there’s so much else to say about Adele. With a highly-anticipated album said to be coming soon (including a single set to drop on October 15), it’s long past time to shift the focus back where it belongs: on Adele’s incredible talent as a singer/songwriter — who’s so much more than her body.