Adele details how losing 7st helped with her chronic pain
Adele has discussed being in pain for half her life prior to losing weight and how her body overhaul has helped her cope with her problems.
Speaking to The Face magazine amid her ongoing promo trail for her upcoming album 30, the Easy On Me singer, 33, spoke candidly about how life has changed since she famously shed 7st to help combat anxiety.
She revealed she first slipped a disc at 15 and when she had a C-section with her son Angelo, nine, her problems increased – so since losing weight she can ‘run around with him a little bit more’ and branded her health a ‘metaphor for surviving’.
Changes: Adele has discussed being in pain for half her life prior to losing weight and how her body overhaul has helped her cope with her problems
Adele’s image has been a hot topic since she returned to the spotlight after her 2019 divorce and she has spoken about how physical health has helped her anxiety.
Speaking about the physical pain she was in prior to her weight loss, she said: ‘I’m definitely really happy now… I’m more agile because I can now move more, because of my back. I got my core strong…
‘I slipped my first disc when I was 15 from sneezing. I was in bed and I sneezed and my fifth one flew out. In January, I slipped my sixth one, my L6. And then where I had a C‑section, my core was useless.
‘I’ve been in pain with my back for, like, half of my life, really. It flares up, normally due to stress or from a stupid bit of posture…
Changes: Adele is pictured in 2011, prior to her image overhaul
‘But where I got my tummy strong, down at the bottom, which I never had before, my back don’t play up as much. It means I can do more, I can run around with my kid a little bit more.’
On how her health has improved and changed, she went on: ‘But I like feeling strong, I really do. I love it. I was lifting weights this morning, and I’ve gone up from what I was doing a couple of weeks ago…
‘When I feel that I have the weight of the world – of my world at least – on my shoulders, I can handle it a bit more because I’ve gone up 10 pounds with my weights. It really was just a metaphor for surviving.’
In an accompanying shoot for the magazine, Adele looked incredible as she posed on the cover in a Burberry trench coat while clutching roses to her face with her hair scraped back and heavy gold earrings in place.
Looking good: Speaking to The Face magazine amid her ongoing promo trail for her upcoming album 30, the Easy On Me singer, 33, spoke candidly about how life has changed since she famously shed 7st to help combat anxiety (pictured left earlier this year, right in 2008)
Adele’s split from Angelo’s father Simon Konecki, who she wed in 2011, came to light on Good Friday 2019 and it was then she began battling her woes.
She has since revealed that she changed her life – including quitting drinking and taking up exercise to abate her mental health.
After losing weight, which she insists was not about image but about her mental situation, she now concedes that she feels stronger as a person.
Adele has been doing rigorous weight-lifting and circuit-training sessions every day – twice a day if her anxiety is running high – for three years and counting.
Keep on moving: Speaking about the physical pain she was in prior to her weight loss, she said: ‘I’m definitely really happy now… I’m more agile because I can now move more, because of my back. I got my core strong’
Elsewhere in her interview with The Face, she also discussed the controversy she sparked last year when she was accused of cultural appropriation.
In a nod to the cancelled Notting Hill Carnival, she shared an image showing her posing in the garden of her $9.5million Beverly Hills home, with her hair in Bantu knots while sporting a Jamaican flag bikini.
While some claimed the singer was profiting off black culture by sporting the style, many others pointed out the star grew up in Tottenham, London and has been surrounded by black culture throughout her life.
She conceded in the chat that she ‘failed to read the room’.
She said: ‘There was so much going on in America at that point. I didn’t read the room and I fucking should have because I live in America…
‘But my [Black] girlfriends here, they were, like: Are you alright? We’re not offended personally because we know you, but this is why [people are upset].”…
Troubles: Adele’s split from Angelo’s father Simon Konecki, who she wed in 2011, came to light on Good Friday 2019 and it was then she began battling her woes
The biggest question is why I felt the need to f**king post that when I’m so f**king private anyway. I was having such a lovely day with my friends in Jamaica, and that’s the vibe of Notting Hill Carnival for me, always has been. But I didn’t give that any context either.’
Adele previously discussed her disappointment over reading comments made by women about her remarkable weight loss.
The Hello star historically appeared on the cover of both American Vogue and British Vogue last month, and got candid about her dramatic transformation, confessing she is ‘addicted’ to exercise.
However, she admitted that the downside of it all was hearing other women make ‘brutal comments’ her changing appearance.
She said: ‘My body’s been objectified my entire career. It’s not just now. I understand why it’s a shock. I understand why some women especially were hurt…
Oh dear: Elsewhere in her interview with The Face, she also discussed the controversy she sparked last year when she was accused of cultural appropriation
‘Visually I represented a lot of women. But I’m still the same person,’ adding that the worst part was: ‘The most brutal conversations were being had by other women about my body. I was very f*****g disappointed with that. That hurt my feelings.’
Explaining what spurred on her incredible weight loss over a period of two years she said: ‘It was because of my anxiety. Working out, I would just feel better.
In May 2020, Adele became the number on trending topic on Twitter for sharing a photo of herself on Instagram where she looked incredibly different.
Many fans took to social media to react to the pictures – with some saying they ‘missed’ the old Adele, and others going further to criticize her weight loss, yet she stressed that she is ‘still the same person.’
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