Fans have taken to Twitter, sharing a screenshot of Adele allegedly commenting, "Wah Gwaan! Yow gyal, yuh look good enuh," on a live stream by RnB singers Brandy and Monica on Monday.
"Wah gwaan," is a Jamaican slang term, which is typically used as a greeting in the same way one might use, "What's up?"
While many fans are unsure if photos of the comment are actually real and not doctored, it seems as though it's in reference to the criticism she faced after wearing a Jamaican flag bikini and her hair in Bantu knots to mark the Notting Hill Carnival on Sunday.
The Notting Hill Carnival is an annual London festival that celebrates Caribbean and Black British life and culture.
Twitter users believed this reported comment was Adele's way of breaking her silence after being accused of cultural appropriation.
One Twitter user wrote: "I’m screaming at Adele sending this through."
Another shocked fan said: "Wait is that picture of Adele real?"
Someone else joked: "Chet Hanks and Adele need to link ASAP."
Chet Hanks, Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson's son, has been raising eyebrows for some time after uploading numerous videos of himself speaking Jamaican Patois.
This is not his regular accent, but for some reason it's the one he chooses to use in videos.
However, many others aren't convinced of the authenticity of the post, not believing the response would actually have come from Adele.
"Whoever photoshopped this is crazy as hell," one Twitter user said.
Another said: "The amount of people who think this is real... (I was one of them but saw the light)."
Someone else added: "I know it's fake but can you imagine?"
Appreciation or appropriation?
While some have said Adele was appreciating the Jamaican culture with her hair and outfit in the original photo, others have accused her of cultural appropriation.
On Twitter, US journalist Ernest Owens slammed the star for her ‘problematic’ post.
“If 2020 couldn't get anymore bizarre, Adele is giving us Bantu knots and cultural appropriation that nobody asked for,” he wrote. “This officially marks all of the top white women in pop as problematic. Hate to see it.”
Some Londoners, however, hit back that the festival was famously a celebration of different cultures which people were invited to participate in.
“Nah, bro,” a UK user wrote. “Read up on the Notting Hill Carnival before you comment on this photo. In my humble opinion, this is not cultural appropriation. It is cultural appreciation! That festival is a celebration of different cultures.”
“It’s definitely not cultural appropriation if Jamaicans are sharing our culture with her,” another agreed.
A number of celebrities also defended the post, with Naomi Campbell, whose mother was born in Jamaica, commenting on the image with two love heart emojis and two pictures of the Jamaican flag.
Jamaican musician Popcaan also appeared to be a fan, sharing a fist emoji and a love heart, while actress Tessa Thompson, who stars in sci-fi TV series Westworld, commented with a flame emoji.
Singer Alexandra Burke, who is also of Jamaican and Caribbean decent, said Adele “looks hot”
“She's obviously been working on her body, that for me is a big deal. She’s looking good,” Alexandra said on BBC Radio.
“As a Jamaican girl myself, my girl has grown up in black culture. People forget she’s from Tottenham. She probably eats jerk chicken all the time like all of us.
“All I’m saying is the girl looked good, leave her. Allow her man. If Popcaan is going to endorse it and say yes my girl you’re wearing the flag and you’re wearing it well. Let her live her best life, leave her alone. We love Adele.”