Adele reveals real reason she embarked on 45kg weight loss journey in intimate Oprah interview

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Adele has opened up about her weight loss in an intimate interview with Oprah Winfrey.

In the Adele: One Night Only TV special which aired last night in the US, the British singer discussed her 100-pound (approx. 45kg) weight loss with the talk-show queen, saying it was “never” about “becoming skinny” but feeling stronger after her divorce from husband Simon Konecki. 

“Once I realised that I had a lot of work to do on myself, I stopped drinking and I started working out a lot … to keep me sort of centred,” she recalled in the interview.

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The 33-year-old revealed she suffered from “terrifying anxiety attacks” that “paralysed” her completely when her two-year marriage ended in 2019.

The couple, who had been together since 2011 and shared son Angelo, nine, finalised their divorce in January this year. Soon after their split, Adele realised working with a trainer in the gym helped to ease her anxiety.

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Adele, husband, Simon Konecki, Grammy Awards, 2013
Adele with then-husband Simon Konecki attend the Grammy Awards in 2013. (WireImage)

“It became my time,” she said. “Me having a plan every day … having these sort of pins in my day, helped me keep myself together.”

Adele stressed that she “wasn’t bothered about [weight] at all” and her work at the gym simply “contributed to getting [her] mind right”. Because of this, she was able to push aside some criticism that came with her recent weight loss.

“I’m not surprised or disturbed by аny of the [weight comments] becаuse my body hаs been objectified throughout my cаreer,” she sаid, “But it’s not my job to mаke people feel vаlidаted by their bodies.”

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Elsewhere in the Oprah interview, Adele admitted it was hard coming to terms with being a single parent. 

“It’s a process. You know, the process of a divorce, the process of being a single parent,” she said. “The process of not seeing your child every single day wasn’t really a plan that I had when I became a mum. The process of arriving for yourself every day, turning up for yourself every single day and still running a home, running a business.

“So many people know what I’m talking about and I feel like that as well. I juggle those things as well. I felt like not doing it anymore. And also trying to move forward with intention, not just trying to get out of it for no reason. It made my feet hurt, walking through all that concrete.”

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