Adele has never spoken about her weight or her weight loss, so why are we talking about it?
In October 2019, when singer Adele posted a photo of herself, fans pointed out that she looked visibly slimmer than before. Now, after months, she has posted another photo marking her 32nd birthday. In the post, Adele thanked her fans for their support and also extended her gratitude towards frontline workers fighting Covid-19.
However, what is slightly distressing is that all fans seemed to care about most was her weight loss. Yes, Adele does look like she has lost a lot of weight. But is that really that important?
As CNN pointed out, the only thing people now associate with Adele is her weight loss and her miraculous transformation. Not her Grammys, her Oscar or the other accolades she's won in all these years.
More so, because Adele has never spoken about her weight loss. In fact, in an interview with a leading magazine Adele had once said that she doesn't want to look like "skinny models" because she represents a majority of women around the world. Then why is her weight loss being celebrated as the single most incredible thing the singer has done in her life?
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Thank you for the birthday love. I hope you’re all staying safe and sane during this crazy time. I’d like to thank all of our first responders and essential workers who are keeping us safe while risking their lives! You are truly our angels ♥️ 2020 okay bye thanks x
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When it comes to praising Adele's weight loss, there are a few concerns.
One, if we're praising her transformation now and calling her beautiful before, does it negate what she was previously? Because if that is the case, then we're body shaming Adele, or at least what she was before losing hundred pounds.
For years, Adele had been the woman who attained success without having her weight define her. For women around the world, she set an example - by breaking stereotypes and beauty standards that Hollywood has normalised over the years. Now, some of her fans are complaining that Adele is too thin.
Am I the only one who wished Adele hadn’t lost so much weight? She looks /too/ thin. It’s not like she was obese. She could have stayed at least 180 or something— apple juice apologist (@piss_inabottle) May 6, 2020
I think adele looks awful... too thin, an unpopular opinion I know.— shoegal (@Marshall5Sharon) May 7, 2020
Here's the thing - Adele does not owe us any explanation for her weight, whether she gains weight or loses it. It is her choice and a personal one. Simply because Adele is in the public eye, we are not entitled to comment on her body. That is because her body is hers, as she had once asserted herself. As we all assert every day.
Then why is it so shocking that Adele decided to shed kilos and become thin?
We cannot say for sure why Adele lost weight or what triggered her to lose almost a hundred pounds. And she doesn't really owe us an answer. Buzzfeed pointed out that the fact that she hasn't yet done a public interview on her weight loss or videos about the diet she follows or put up working out videos to show how she lost weight speaks volumes.
It is proof that Adele doesn't want to talk about her weight loss. And that's why you shouldn't either. As another report suggests, Adele's looks shouldn't have been a concern then and it shouldn't be a concern now. She happens to be a singer, and an extremely talented one, and the only parameters while judging her should be limited to her music.
If you're still thinking about it, here's a 2015 interview of Adele where she says that there are bigger issues (perhaps a deadly pandemic?) to think about than what she feels about herself.