Oprah Winfrey has opened up her safe space in the rose garden for another celeb to shed their truth.
The last time this happened, she was interviewing Prince Harry and Meghan in a bombshell special that sent shockwaves across the globe.
Now, Adele, the singer-songwriter known for tugging at her fans’ heartstrings with her music, was a part of CBS’ Sunday night special, titled Adele One Night Only.
Combined with the exclusive interview, the special also featured her performing an exclusive concert in Los Angeles, ahead of her fourth studio album, 30.
The album will be released in full on November 19.
Adele spoke frankly about her struggle with anxiety, her weight loss, the devastation of her divorce, and the challenges of motherhood, all while Oprah listened earnestly.
Here’s a quick clip:
CNN outlined a few points worth noting from the interview.
1. Her mental health and body transformation:
Adele revealed that she had never tried to lose weight but had rather used training as a way to handle her severe anxiety.
She mentioned that the gym was her calm place, taking her away from “the most terrifying anxiety attacks” after she left her husband.
The tabloids have eaten this weight loss up, although Adele says she has tried to remain above it:
“I’m not shocked or even fazed by (people’s reactions to her body transformation),” Adele told Winfrey. “Because my body has been objectified my entire career.”
She added: “I was body-positive then and I’m body-positive now. It’s not my job to validate how people feel about their bodies.”
2. All the guilt and disappointment she felt about her divorce, especially considering her son:
The collapse of her marriage to charity executive Simon Konecki has left Adele feeling disappointed both for herself and for their nine-year-old son, Angelo:
“I’ve been obsessed with a nuclear family my whole life because I never came from one,” she explained.
“From a very young age I promised myself that when I had kids that we’d stay together and we would be that united family and I tried for a really, really long time. I was so disappointed for my son. I was so disappointed for myself.”
Adele had the difficult realisation that she was just “plodding along” instead of living life, and so filed for divorce after announcing their split in 2019.
She said she is not completely over “dismantl[ing] my child’s life for my own,” but is trying to remember that making a happier version of herself available to her son is more important.
Luckily she is still very much in contact with Konecki, who lives opposite her in LA and is available to co-parent.
She also credits him for having saved her life, preventing her from going down a path of self-destruction.
3. Finding closure after spending time with her estranged father during his final days:
Adele’s parents split up when she was a baby, which resulted in her being estranged from her father, Mark Evans, who was an alcoholic.
Here’s more from The Washington Post:
When Winfrey asked whether Adele could name a “deep wound” from the past that she has been trying to heal, Adele responded matter-of-factly, “My dad’s absolute lack of presence and effort with me.”
She explained their estrangement affected her relationships because she taught herself not to have expectations, assuming the other person would just leave her someday either way.
When her father was diagnosed with cancer, they started talking again, bonding over Adele’s music:
“We forgave each other. … We found our peace together, and then I played the album to him on Zoom,” she said.
She described spending time with her father before his death as ” very, very healing,” adding that “when he died, it was literally like the wound closed up.”
4. Loving herself for the first time and her new relationship:
You may know from Adele’s Vogue cover story last month that she started dating sports agent Rich Paul at the beginning of 2021.
They met at a party two years ago, and Adele fell head over heels for his humour and intelligence:
She said that her romance with Paul, who is the founder of the United Talent Agency (UTA)-affiliated Klutch Sports, is first time she’s “loved myself” as well as being the first time she has “been open to loving and being loved by someone else.”
One last clip from the interview for the road:
Adele told Oprah that her friends would tell her to “hold on” whenever she was “struggling.” pic.twitter.com/5BlG2ctZzF
— CBS Mornings (@CBSMornings) November 12, 2021
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