Adele is well aware that her weight loss stunned the world — and she detests the outpouring of anger that resulted.
The 15-time Grammy Award-winning artist has been working out every day for three years, not to shed weight but to manage her anxiety, she told Abby Aguirre for the November cover of American Vogue.
“It became my time,” she explained of her intense weightlifting and circuit training sessions at West Hollywood’s Heart & Hustle private gym. “I realized that when I was working out, I didn’t have any anxiety. It was never about losing weight. I thought, If I can make my body physically strong, and I can feel that and see that, then maybe one day I can make my emotions and my mind physically strong.”
In another interview with Giles Hattersley for British Vogue, Adele, 33, stated that she became “quite addicted” to exercise and that she works out two or three times on days of high anxiety.
“I do my weights in the morning, then I normally hike, or I box in the afternoon, and then I go and do my cardio at night.”
Adele had shed “100 lbs.” after adhering to that fitness regimen for almost three years, but she stressed to Hattersley that it “was never about losing weight, it was always about becoming strong and giving myself as much time every day without my phone.”
The singer acknowledged that fans were taken aback when she shared a full-body shot of herself on Instagram in May 2020, but she stated that she would never disclose her workout routine online.
“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—,” she said. “I did it for myself and not anyone else. So why would I ever share it? I don’t find it fascinating. It’s my body.”
Adele told Aguirre that the heated debates that erupted around her weight loss were nothing new, but they were upsetting.
“My body’s been objectified my entire career. It’s not just now,” she said. “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.”
“And the worst part of the whole thing was that the most brutal conversations were being had by other women about my body,” she continued. “I was very f—ing disappointed with that. That hurt my feelings.”
Adele explained to Hattersley that her weight loss had had no effect on her or anyone else’s perception of their bodies.
“You don’t need to be overweight to be body positive; you can be any shape or size,” she explained.