As she prepares to release her highly anticipated fourth studio album, Adele has admitted her true feelings about the intense commentary surrounding her appearance.
“[Working out] was about my anxiety, mainly,” Adele explained during her sit down with Oprah for CBS over the weekend.
“I had the most terrifying anxiety attacks after I left my marriage – it made me so confused and made me feel as if I had no control over my body. 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.”
Though Adele was making personal, private choices that were best for her, the world continued to obsess over appearance.
Adele, 33, says she just blocked it out.
“I [wasn’t] shocked or even fazed by it — my body has been objectified my entire career. Am I too big or am I too small, am I hot or not or whatever — I never looked up to anyone because of their body,” she shared.
Though her appearance may have changed, Adele says her outlook on beauty and body positivity has never wavered.
“I was body positive then and I’m body positive now,” Adele continued.
“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.”
The ‘Easy On Me’ singer recently spoke to Rolling Stone about her desire to become physically strong amid her divorce.
“[I figured] if I can transform my strength and my body like this, surely I can do it to my emotions and to my brain and to my inner well-being,” she explained.
“That was what drove me. It just coincided with all of the emotional work that I was doing with myself as a visual for it, basically.”
Adele’s album, 30, debuts on Friday, November 19