For Adele, hitting the gym was a way for her to let go of her anxiety. "I realized that when I was working out, I didn’t have any anxiety. It was never about losing weight."
We live in a world where people are judged by the way they look. No matter how successful a person is in life, it doesn't matter until they look like a million bucks. But slowly, times are changing, and people are accepting that each person is different.
Having said that, it is not uncommon for celebrities to do extreme diet and exercise regimes to stay in shape. There have been people who stood out from the crowd, and pop singer Adele was one of them, but last year she shared a picture of hers on social media, celebrating her 32nd birthday, and she had lost so much weight that she was quite literally unrecognizable.
Known for being notoriously private about her life, this came as a shock to many. However, in her first interview with Vogue in five years, she's addressed her weight loss journey. "My body’s been objectified my entire career. It’s not just now. I understand why it’s a shock. I understand why some women especially were hurt," said Adele. "Visually I represented a lot of women. But I’m still the same person.”
When she lost weight, she was at the receiving end of comments from people alleging that she was "fatphobic" since she no longer represented curvy women. “The most brutal conversations were being had by other women about my body. I was very fucking disappointed with that. That hurt my feelings.”
But, here's the thing, Adele did not lose all the weight because she wanted to fit in, but ever since her divorce from Simon Konecki, she's been "on my journey to find my true happiness ever since.”
She needed to find a way to get rid of her anxiety, and for her, it was by hitting the gym. "It became my time. 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.”
Even her trainer, Miele, confirmed that Adele's goal wasn’t weight loss. “It was getting stronger, physically and mentally. She got really turned on to the movement, and especially strength training. So turned on that she started doing double sessions.”
She herself admits she got "addicted" to working out. "So 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. I was basically unemployed when I was doing it. And I do it with trainers."
"But I needed to get addicted to something to get my mind right. It could have been knitting, but it wasn’t," she continued. "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."
Meanwhile, the Someone Like You singer said that while the stories about her diet are fake, she definitely did not lose weight to get a "revenge body" on her ex-husband. "It’s ridiculous," she added. "I think it’s that people love to portray a divorced woman as spinning out of control, like, 'Oh she must be crackers. She must’ve decided she wants to be a ho.' Because what is a woman without a husband?'"
Honestly, it's refreshing to see someone do something for themselves, instead of giving in to societal pressure, isn't it?