Adele’s comeback has exceeded the world’s expectations. (Photo: Instagram)
We’ve noticed a few changes in Adele come her return to the spotlight. From her social media comeback and record-breaking album and video releases to her weight loss and the birth of her son, the 27-year-old singer kept us on our toes in her absence and was sure to deliver more than we expected. One thing that hasn’t changed, though, is Adele’s utter realness that makes the crooner relatable to 18 and 80-year-olds alike. Her unapologetic originality applies to her weight loss — which to her is more like a lifestyle change and has nothing to do with aesthetics — and even to her stance on plastic surgery.
Adele has accepted that she will remain in the spotlight for a long time, but she’s still a little unsure about it, and she won’t let it change who she is. “I feel uncomfortable being famous,” Adele tells Time. “How long should I feel like that? Because if you’re going to keep making music, there’s a 50-50 chance you’re going to be famous for the next 20 years.” But Adele knows that she’s most comfortable when she’s true to herself, and that’s how she’ll stay. “So do you want to be uncomfortable for 20 years, or do you want to just settle into it?” she says. “I don’t want to have plastic surgery. I’m going to look like this forever. Deal with it. Once you deal with it, you feel more calm about it.” She took a similar approach to her recent health overhaul. “[It’s] to get in shape for myself, but not to be a size zero or anything like that,” she told Rolling Stone. After a 2011 smoking-related throat surgery, Adele has now kicked her 25-a-day smoking habit and her 10-cup-a-day tea habit (full of sugar, as the Brits do) instead opting for the gym. But don’t get her wrong, she’s no fitness fanatic. ‘I’m not, like, skipping to the f—ing gym. I don’t enjoy it,” she said. “And if I don’t tour, you’ll catch me back down at the Chinese!”
Don’t get too excited about Adele’s acceptance of fame, though. To Adele, being in the spotlight does not mean releasing more music. “Privacy is key to being able to write a real record, whether people like it or not,” she says. “My life has changed so much, but I’ve made the realest record I can make, and it’s the real part of me. How am I supposed to write a real record if I’m waiting for half a million likes on a f—ing photo? That ain’t real.”