Candid: Adele has opened up on losing 100 lb in weight and how it caused some of her fans to feel 'very betrayed'
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Adele has opened up on losing 100lb in weight and how it caused some of her fans to feel ‘very betrayed’.

The Grammy and Oscar winner, 34, spoke about how she ‘felt terrible’ after her seven-stone weight loss upset some of her body- conscious younger fans.

The singer, who showed off her newly svelte figure on the cover of Vogue magazine last year, says she was distressed to learn that losing the weight had caused some fans to suffer.

Candid: Adele has opened up on losing 100 lb in weight and how it caused some of her fans to feel 'very betrayed'

Candid: Adele has opened up on losing 100 lb in weight and how it caused some of her fans to feel ‘very betrayed’

Addressing the backlash, she explained that she had shed the pounds for ‘myself’, after anxiety struggles.

Speaking on Desert Island Discs on Saturday, she said: ‘I understand why the Press were fascinated by it.. I didn’t share my journey in the way that everyone else does.

“Most other people would have a DVD out by now. I did it on the quiet for myself’.

upset: The Grammy and Oscar winner, 34, spoke about how she 'felt terrible' after her seven-stone weight loss upset some of her body- conscious younger fans (pictured July 2022)

Distressed: The singer, who showed off her newly svelte figure on the cover of Vogue magazine last year, says she was distressed to learn that losing the weight had caused some fans to suffer (pictured in Feb 2009)

Upset: The Grammy and Oscar winner, 34, spoke about how she ‘felt terrible’ after her seven-stone weight loss upset some of her body- conscious younger fans (pictured July 2022 left and Feb 2009 right)

‘But I felt terrible for some people that felt other people’s comments meant they weren’t looking good or that they weren’t beautiful.’ 

But the megastar dismisses accusations levelled at her on social media that her transformation meant she had caved into societal pressure.

‘Some of the ones I saw were young, they were like 15. There were some other people that felt very betrayed by me, like, ‘Oh, she is giving into the pressure of it’, which didn’t really bother me.

Struggles: Addressing the backlash, she explained that she had shed the pounds for 'myself', after anxiety struggles (pictured November 2008)

Struggles: Addressing the backlash, she explained that she had shed the pounds for ‘myself’, after anxiety struggles (pictured November 2008)

‘Because, like, you ain’t holding my hand at night at 4am when I’m crying my heart out with anxiety and needing a distraction and stuff like that.

‘100 per cent (exercise) gave me focus, it gave me somewhere to get rid of my energy — good or bad — and it made me feel like I was getting stronger mentally by getting stronger physically.’ 

She says that despite her setbacks she has discovered a new sense of peace in her life partly thanks to ‘a lot of therapy’. 

Having her say: But the megastar dismisses accusations levelled at her on social media that her transformation meant she had caved into societal pressure

Having her say: But the megastar dismisses accusations levelled at her on social media that her transformation meant she had caved into societal pressure

She adds: ‘I don’t put myself in situations any more that drain me. I’m going to walk away from it. I choose people very, very carefully now who are in my life.’

Elsewhere in the chat, Adele revealed how the ‘brutal’ fan backlash prompted by the cancellation of her Las Vegas residency in January left her feeling like a ‘shell of a person’.

She described dealing with the fallout from the decision to ditch three months of performances as being akin to ‘grieving’.

She said: ‘The reaction was brutal, brutal. I was a shell of a person for a couple of months. 

‘I just had to wait it out and just grieve it, I guess – just grieve the shows and get over the guilt. But it was brutal.’

The London-born singer, best known for hits such as Rolling In The Deep, Skyfall, Hello and Easy On Me, pulled the plug on the shows at Caesars Palace on January 20 – 24 hours before they were due to begin.

The star was reportedly unhappy with the staging, which involved her singing the songs in a mocked-up swimming pool. 

But her decision infuriated fans, many of whom had forked out thousands to travel long distances to the gigs.

A defiant Adele – who performed over the past two nights in London’s Hyde Park – says the decision to cancel the shows was not an easy one, but on balance she thought it had been the right thing to do.

She adds: ‘I definitely felt everyone’s disappointment and I was devastated, and I was frightened about letting them down and I thought I could pull it together and make it work and I couldn’t – and I stand by that decision.

‘You can’t buy me – you can’t buy me for nothing. I’m not going to just do a show because I have to or because people are going to be let down or because we’re going to lose loads of money. I’m like, “The show’s not good enough.”‘

Broken: Elsewhere in the chat, Adele revealed how the 'brutal' fan backlash prompted by the cancellation of her Las Vegas residency in January left her feeling like a 'shell of a person'

Broken: Elsewhere in the chat, Adele revealed how the ‘brutal’ fan backlash prompted by the cancellation of her Las Vegas residency in January left her feeling like a ‘shell of a person’ 

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