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Watch: Adele said it is not her job to make other people feel body positive
The Easy On Me singer – who confirmed she has lost around seven stone in a two year period since her split from ex-husband Simon Konecki in April 2019 – has opened up to Oprah Winfrey in a tell-all interview, and responded to the TV presenter's comment that some people felt "upset" and "abandoned" when she first went on a diet.
Adele said: "I'm not shocked or even fazed by it because my body has been objectified my entire career. I'm either too big or too small; I'm either hot or I'm not.
"I was body positive then and I’m body positive now.
"But it's not my job to validate how people feel about their bodies. I feel bad that it's made anyone feel horrible about themselves - but that's not my job. I'm trying to sort my own life out. I can't add another worry."
The 33-year-old singer and mother to nine-year-old son Angelo said that the physical changes had come about as a result of her wanting to be in control of her own body.
She said: "I had the most terrifying anxiety attacks after I left my marriage. They paralysed me completely, and made me so confused because I wouldn't be able to have any control over my body."
Adele explained: "I noticed how much I trusted my trainer’s presence when I was feeling so lost, but also I didn’t have any anxiety when I was out at the gym.
"It became my time – me having a plan every day when I had no plans.”
The Skyfall singer admitted she felt "embarrassed" at not being able to make her marriage work.
She said: “I’ve been obsessed with a nuclear family my whole life because I never came from one. I from a very young age promised myself that when I had kids, that we’d stay together. We would be that united family.
“I was so disappointed for my son, I was so disappointed for myself, I just thought I was going to be the one that stopped doing those bloody patterns all the time."
And she said Konecki, her partner for eight years, "probably saved my life".
Adele said: "The stability that he and Angelo have given me, no one else would have ever been able to give me, especially at that time in my life.
"I could’ve easily gone down some dodgy paths, been sort of self-destructive from being so overwhelmed by all of it. And he came in and he was stable, the most stable person I’ve ever had in my life up until that point.”
But the Love in the Dark singer recalled the moment she admitted to her friends that she was not happy in her marriage.
Adele revealed: “We were all answering these questions in this very bougie magazine, and it was something like, ‘What’s something that no one would ever know about you?’ And I just said it in front of three of my friends, I was like, ‘I’m really not happy. I’m not living, I’m just plodding along.’
She went on: “And it was when I admitted to my own friends, who thought I was really happy, that actually I’m really unhappy, and they were all aghast. I felt like it was sort of, from there, that I was like, what am I doing it for?”
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