Adele speaks out on sparking cultural appropriation row: ‘I didn’t read the f**king room’
Adele, 33, made history on Thursday as the first celebrity to cover British and US Vogue, ahead of the release of her pending single, followed by the hugely-anticipated album. In the intimate interview, the Someone Like You addressed a variety of things, including her break up with ex-husband Simon Konecki, her incredible body transformation and her Notting Hill Carnival outfit that sparked a major cultural appropriation row.
She’s quick to admit that she doesn’t always get things right, after the Jamaican inspired outfit caused a raucous on social media that many dubbed “Carnival-gate”.
Fans will remember the singer shared a snap of herself on Instagram while on holiday in the North American country, at an outdoor party where she donned Bantu knots and a bikini top made out of Jamaican flags.
After the Notting Hill celebration was cancelled due to Covid, and the fact she was out of the country at the time, she wanted to keep the annual party alive.
In a new interview with the publication, Adele said: “I could see comments being like, ‘the nerve to not take it down,’ which I totally get.
“But if I take it down, it’s me acting like it never happened. And it did.”
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She went on: “I totally get why people felt like it was appropriating.”
But at the time, her read had been: “If you don’t go dressed to celebrate the Jamaican culture – and in so many ways we’re so entwined in that part of London – then it’s a little bit like, ‘What you coming for, then?’”
She shook her head: “I didn’t read the f**king room.”
But the songstress admitted that Karma soon came for her.
“I was wearing a hairstyle that is actually to protect Afro hair,” she explained.
“I was basically unemployed when I was doing it,” she giggled.
“And I do it with trainers.”
“It’s not doable for a lot of people,” she said, a bit embarrassed as she recognised it’s a “rich person’s game”.
“But I needed to get addicted to something to get my mind right,” she added.
Adele noted that many people were shocked that she didn’t share her journey because in her position, she could have got “big deals” with diet brands.
“I couldn’t give a flying f**k,” she exclaimed.
“I did it for myself and not anyone else.
“So why would I ever share it? I don’t find it fascinating. It’s my body.”
Adele covers the November issues of British and American Vogue.
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