Adele is breaking her silence on one of last year’s most viral examples of cultural appropriation.
During London’s Notting Hill Carnival in 2020, the pop star shared a much-anticipated new image after she was reported to have lost 100 pounds – at a time when Adele has been missing from the spotlight for more than a year.
Unfortunately, the long-awaited update was overshadowed by… um, Passion for the festival. Instead of celebrating the occasion with fellow Brits of Caribbean descent, she went full-bodied with a Jamaican flag-print bikini and bantu knots in her hair, a style traditionally worn by black women in the region. .
“I didn’t read the f—king room,” she told British Vogue in a new interview for their November issue. In the end, she said, she “completely” understands why a reaction occurred.
Adele, 33, also believes in making her own mistakes.
“I could see comments like, ‘Nerve for not taking this down,’ which totally get me,” she said. “But if I take it down, it’s me acting like it never happened. And it did. I totally understand why people thought it was appropriating.”
Finally, the Grammy-winning artist—who will drop a long-awaited new single, “Easy on Me” on October 15—served to help Karma make up for her bad looks, not just the bad references. Press in.
Rather, he learned that Bantu knots are not right now A hairstyle—indeed, they serve a functional and cosmetic purpose for certain hair types—and the unfortunate discovery that they’re novel to white women for a good reason.
“I was wearing a hairstyle that’s really meant to protect Afro hair. [It] Obviously ruined mine,” she said.
Elsewhere, the “Hello” crooner’s extensive interview for British Vogue revealed new details about her divorce from 47-year-old former Simon Konecki and the upcoming album — possibly titled “30” — helped inspire it.
According to Adele, the new record is a personal one.
“I feel like this album is self-destruction, then self-reflection, and then self-redemption,” she said. “But I feel ready. I really want people to hear my side of the story this time.”
The “Rolling in the Deep” singer felt “f-king frustrated” about being “objectified” over her 100-pound, two-year weight loss, which led people to call her “too skinny” or worse.
“My body has been objectified throughout my career,” the 15-time Grammy-winner said in a Vogue cover story. “It just isn’t there. I understand why it’s a shock.”