Adele Says Canceling Her Las Vegas Residency Was The Worst Moment In Her Career

August 15, 2022 / Posted by:

Adele covers the September issue of ELLE, and, in the interview, she says that canceling her Las Vegas residency back in January was “the worst moment in my career, by far.” Oh shit, I thought Bantu Knots 2020 would be #1, but there ya go! 35-year-old Adele says that canceling the residency last minute was a tough decision, but she thought her stage set-up lacked intimacy and had “no soul.” She adds that, even though she was embarrassed, she’s proud of herself for standing up for her “artistic needs.” Adele also dishes about her relationship with Rich Paul; she says that they’re actually not engaged, but she’s totally obsessed with the 40-year-old sportsball agent and wants to get married again and have more kids. Adele explains that she wore the giant diamond ring on *that finger* to the BRIT Awards because she loves “high-end jewelry.” Oh dearie me, the girl’s gone cock-mad.

Here’s what Adele says about Vegas:

“It was the worst moment in my career, by far,” she says, within 10 minutes of us sitting down. She hasn’t spoken publicly about the debacle in the five months since, even as rumors about production issues and set disagreements swirled, and she’s eager to address it right away. “By far. I was so excited about those shows. It was devastating.”

She says that before she posted the cancellation announcement on social media, she’d been up for more than 30 hours straight, “tormenting herself over a choice she’d known for a week was the right one to make.” Adele hadn’t pulled the plug then because she felt pressured by months of planning, rehearsals, her crew and bands’ livelihoods, all the money involved, and the fact that thousands of ticket-holders had rearranged their lives to see her perform:

But she also knew in her bones that something about the show did not feel authentic to her. “There was just no soul in it,” she says. “The stage setup wasn’t right. It was very disconnected from me and my band, and it lacked intimacy. And maybe I tried too hard to give it those things in such a controlled environment.”

Adele says that, at dress rehearsal the night before, she got so frustrated that she sat down at the edge of the Colosseum’s 15,700-square-foot stage, ditched the mic, and started singing a cappella to the mostly empty theater:

Even unplugged, she says, “they could hear me up at the top.” As she sang, Adele looked out into the first few rows and realized it was exactly this feeling she’d been missing: an intimate and unpretentious moment with a stardom that has, over 15 years and more than 120 million albums sold worldwide, become its own life force.

“This would be the best part of the show,” she remembers thinking. “For me, and for you. This is what I want,” she continues, motioning to an imagined small audience in front of her kitchen table, the proximity of a fan’s beating heart. “And none of that—” she gestures behind her, to the idea of a Vegas stage with its trappings and special effects—“has that.” The next morning, she called off the shows.

Her agent tells ELLE that everything for Adele is “about authenticity,” and, “for her to go out and perform a show she’s not happy with would be a lie to the fans.” Adele adds:

“The first couple of months was really, really hard,” Adele says. “I was embarrassed. But it actually made my confidence in myself grow, because it was a very brave thing to do. And I don’t think many people would have done what I did. I’m very proud of myself for standing by my artistic needs.”

Adele says that, for a while, she had a secret Twitter account to creep her mentions, but “as frustrated fans began to flood her social media accounts with critical comments about the abrupt announcement,” she deleted it. That’s when she went into hiding and basically stopped promoting her album. She says in the months that followed, she and her team completely reconfigured the stage design for the residency, and she thinks it’s “gonna be really beautiful.”  It’s set to open this November.

Adele also gets into falling madly in love with Lebron James’ agent, Rich Paul. She says, “I’ve never been in love like this. I’m obsessed with him.” The interviewer asks Adele if she wants to get married again, and she replied, “Yes, absolutely.” When asked if she’s engaged, she starts out vague, but eventually admits she’s not:

“Well! Well. Well, I’m not married,” she says, and starts to laugh. “I’m not married.” We sit with that for a beat, and then I try again: So…are you engaged? “I’m not married. I’m not married!” she says again, and takes a big gulp of coffee before singing, “I’m just in loooove! I’m happy as I’ll ever be. I might as well be married.” (In another conversation soon after, she is more straightforward. “I’m not engaged. I just love high-end jewelry, boy!”)

She is more conclusive on the topic of expanding her family. “I definitely want more kids,” she says. “I’m a homemaker and I’m a matriarch, and a stable life helps me with my music. “But right now, all I got in my brain is Vegas,” she adds. “I wanna fucking nail it.”

PHEW. Here Adele ticket-holders were worried that the day before the Vegas residency finally starts up again, the singer would post a video cradling her belly and spouting some bullshit like, “Sorry loves, me tum’s knocked up with a baby, i’is! Rain check?”

Adele did two covers for ELLE. The header pic is for the U.S. cover, and here’s the British one:

And more pics and vids from ELLE:

 

Pic: ELLE

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