Hey Guys – Adele is, Like, a Singer Too

On May 5th, we wished Adele a happy 32nd birthday. Ever since, society has been arguing about her weight. This is why we can’t have nice things.

Let’s start at the beginning though. Adele has long been a successful artist, scoring fifteen Grammy Awards, eight Brit Awards, eighteen Billboard Music Awards, and countless other achievements. Amongst her songs about heartbreak, joy, and empowerment, there’s always been some conversation about her weight. That’s the nature of the music business.

But on her birthday, Adele stepped out with a little black dress and turned heads.

Even though the post had nothing to do her body transformation, people immediately noticed. To be fair, she looks very different now! But that wasn’t the point. She thanked fans and friends for their birthday wishes, and showed support to those on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Instead of recognizing that, social media erupted into a debate about what her new, slimmer size meant. Some people called it motivation to achieve their own weight-loss goals:

Other commenters used her photo as an excuse to comment on the state of body-shaming in online culture:

Still others congratulated her on shedding the pounds:

And more valid points were made about the debate:

 But the most interesting part of the debate about Adele’s weight isn’t that everyone else has chimed in. It’s that Adele has stayed silent. Her trainer, however, had a few words to say. “When Adele and I started our journey together, it was never about getting super skinny. It was about getting her healthy,” said Pete Geracimo, her London-based fitness coach.

Shouldn’t we leave it at that? If Adele is happier, healthier, and not diving into the drama about her weight, maybe that’s because it doesn’t matter to her the way it, apparently, matters to us. We have to ask: why?