In honor of her upcoming album, Adele opened up about, well, everything in her first interview in five years.
Usually, the singer talked about the inspiration for her fourth studio album: her divorce from Simon Konecki, wading back into the dating pool and what she wants to teach her son Angelo. Giles Hattersley, who spent time with Adele for British Fashion, described a song he listened to as a scathing removal of “the shortcomings of men.”
“I wanted to put it on the album to show Angelo how I expect him to treat his partner, whether it’s a woman or a man or whatever,” explains Adele. “After a divorce, my demands are sky-high. There’s a really big pair of shoes to fill.”
However, aside from her music, Adele also talked about her weight loss, or rather, the internet’s endless obsession with it. “I think one of the reasons people lost the plot was because it was actually over a two-year period,” she theorized.
She even speculates that fans were confused by her “100lb” weight loss because she didn’t Instagram her process. “People are shocked because I didn’t share my ‘journey,'” Adele said. “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 shit. I was doing it for myself and not for anyone else. So why should I ever share it? I don’t find it fascinating. It’s my body.”
Adele, however, insists that losing weight was never her goal. “It was because of my anxiety. If I was exercising, I would just feel better,” she told Fashion. “It was never about losing weight; it was always about getting strong and giving myself so much time every day without my phone. I got pretty addicted to it. I exercise two or three times a day.”
Yes, three times a day. “I had to get addicted to something to get my mind right,” Adele said. The singer then went into small details: she starts with her weights in the morning, a walk or boxing in the afternoon, and cardio in the evening. “I was actually unemployed when I did it. And I do it with trainers,” she says. “It is impossible for many people.”
What she hasn’t done are harmful, restrictive diets or anything else you’ve read about her on the internet. “I didn’t,” she said. “No intermittent fasting. Nothing. If anything, I eat more than I used to because I train so hard. And also, that whole thing of, ‘Get Revenge Body’… Oh my God. Suck my dick!”
Ultimately, Adele doesn’t pay much attention to the press around her fitness journey — or her critics. “People have been talking about my body for 12 years. They talked about it before I lost weight. But hey, whatever, I don’t care,” she said. “You don’t have to be overweight to be body positive; you can be any shape or size.”