Adele Gets Real About Body Image, Being Pitted Against Other Women In Music, & Her “Squad Goals”

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She’s baaaaack! British singer Adele has wasted no time in refreshing our memories as to why her previous album 21 was such a big hit and why we can’t get enough of the ‘Rolling in The Deep’ artist. Her new album is titled 25, and the first single ‘Hello’ has us lifting our hands to the heavens thanking God she is back on our playlists and radio stations.

And before you ask, she is completely over the ex-boyfriend who was much of the inspiration for the tracks on 21.

“If I were still writing about him, that’d be terrible,” she says in a recent interview with Rolling Stone magazine.

Now she has a new man in her life taking all her attention: her baby boy Angelo that she had with partner Simon Konecki.

She leaves no stone un-turned when talking about her personal life with Rolling Stone, as well as being a new mom, and the artists she collaborated with for the new album. It’s well worth the read to get a better insight into what makes her tick, but there were some particular issues she touched on that we felt were worth sharing with our readers.

The music video for ‘Hello’ has already racked up an impressive 260+ million views in a few weeks, reiterating how excited everyone is for her comeback. For the record, song isn’t meant to be morbid (“hello from the other side”).

“‘Hello’ is as much about regrouping with myself, reconnecting with myself. It sounds a bit morbid, like I’m dead, but it’s actually just from the other side of becoming an adult, making it out alive from your late teens, early twenties,” she said, which is a fitting way to describe her view on issues such as body image, feminism and how women are portrayed in the music industry.

Around the time Miley Cyrus was copping heat for her ‘Wrecking Ball’ music video and outfit choices in certain racy photo shoots, there was this distinct comparison being made with Adele, where she was being touted as the “classy” alternative. Fans and critics alike were pointing out how the British singer didn’t feel the need to take her clothes off when singing about emotional turbulent times, yet Miley did. However Adele doesn’t like that she was being positioned as the “anti-Miley”.

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“I’d rather not be the person that everyone gets pitted against,” she says. “If they do decide to get their body out, I would rather not be that person because that’s just pitting a woman against another woman, and I don’t hold any more moral high ground than anyone else. So that has pissed me off a bit,” she said.

We are delighted to hear her say this because although there are many of us guilty of looking down upon Miley, Adele is right, the media should not be encouraging the ongoing idea of female feuds. After all, we have since read some very intelligent and thoughtful words from Miley about feminism and how she sees the way the music industry treats women.

Although she was touted as the “classy” one, Adele certainly became the target of body image criticism, most notably from designer Karl Lagerfeld who called her “fat” but made sure to point out that he admired her voice. However, Adele couldn’t her him over the immense noise of all her success and accolades. A year after he called her fat, he basically doubled down on his comments because Adele happened to have lost a bit of weight so in Karl’s mind it was a “see, I told you so!” moment. Which couldn’t be further from the truth.

It’s refreshing to hear her thoughts on her own body image, because they are not shared in a preachy way, but a purely personal one. She also understands what a role model she is to many women in the world.

“Would I show my body off if I was thinner? Probably not, because my body is mine. But sometimes I’m curious to know if I would have been as successful if I wasn’t plus-size. I think I remind everyone of themselves. Not saying everyone is my size, but it’s relatable because I’m not perfect, and I think a lot of people are portrayed as perfect, unreachable and untouchable,” she said.

She tells Rolling Stone that she believes certain questions about her body are a bit sexist.

“I’ve been asked ‘Would you do Playboy?’ so many f**king times, it’s ridiculous. And is that because I’m a woman or because I’m fat?”

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There is such a big microscope put on celebrities who happen to lose weight, where the media goes into overdrive which subtly reinforces the notion that weight loss is looked upon more favorably than accepting a body the way it is.

“What I found really interesting was the big, big deal that was made out of Chris Pratt. When he lost all of his weight, it was, ‘Oh, my God, who would have known he was so fucking fit?’ It was a lot of attention on when he used to be bigger. I’ve never seen that with a guy,” Adele says about how men are no longer immune to the body image curse.

As for the topic of feminism, it seems to have been brought up in a very unnatural way by Rolling Stone.

“Adele has been so busy the past few years that she’s only faintly aware of the newfound prominence of feminism in the pop-cultural discourse,” writes Brian Hiatt. It is one of those questions where, had she denounced the movement altogether, could’ve been the topic of many click-bait articles damning the singer for her views. It’s a shame that feminism has been bandied around in celebrity interviews like this in many instances (including Rolling Stone in their interview with Kim Kardashian not too long ago), but Adele’s response couldn’t have been better.

“If there’s a movement, that’s great. Who’s doing it? Will you ask me if I’m a feminist? I don’t think many men in interviews get asked if they’re feminist,” she says. Brian Hiatt points out in the article that he doesn’t even end up asking her the question (dude, c’mon, you brought up the topic in the hope of getting a share-worthy quote, we get it), but she chooses to share her opinions anyway.

“I’m a feminist. I believe that everyone should be treated the same, including race and sexuality,” she said. Amen to that!

As for the reason why she didn’t hold back on sharing her view on feminism, Adele relates it back to how she has been treated by certain people in the music industry because of her gender. She talks about not being taken seriously in business meetings full of men who give her the attitude of “what do you know?”

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“It’s like, ‘Well, I’m the fucking artist so I f**king know everything, actually! Like, don’t f**king talk down to me!’ ” she recalled.

Among the many well-known names she collaborated with on the new album, she managed to break her own gender barrier by working with her first female – singer/songwriter Sia. While they never ended up writing a track for 25, Adele did work on a song called ‘Alive’ which made it onto Sia’s new album.

But the fact that she got to work with another female, and a well-sought after one at that, was a great experience for her.

“I actually love the dynamic of us both being in there and just fucking being bossy. And it’s all these male producers, and they’re all fucking shitting themselves ’cause we’re in there,” she said. See, THAT is the kind of message we need to hear more of from women in music, enough of the feuds and battles and shade-throwing.

Speaking of collaborating and sisterhood, Adele talks about spending a lot of time with her friends when 21 was going gangbusters, and how great that was for her. When asked whether she has a “squad”, a la Taylor Swift and her posse of Victoria’s Secret Angels BFFs, here is how she responded:

“I’ve heard about a squad. I wish my squad was all supermodels. We are, in our brains. I guess I have my own squad. It’s not as interesting as some of the other squads that are around right now. But maybe Rihanna can be in my squad! That would be really cool. Oh, God. She’s life itself, isn’t she? I love her,” she said.

As if we needed any more reason to love Adele. She has the perfect responses to all those “gotcha” questions and topics, and knows how to keep it real. Thank the good Lord for female artists like her who would rather support other women in the industry and show fans why it’s important they do the same.

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