- Adele, 33, opened up about her recent weight loss to Oprah Winfrey in a brand new interview.
- She shared new details about her workout routine and explained how exercise has made her stronger, both physically and mentally.
- The singer-songwriter lost 100 pounds in two years by lifting weights and doing circuit training.
Adele, 33, is gearing up to release her next album after a six-year hiatus. She has been living her best life for ages, but fans have noticed a change in her over the past few years. It seems like she’s been super happy, and she's now opening up about the healthy lifestyle changes she made that helped her lose 100 pounds in two years.
Now, Adele is speaking publicly about her weight loss. She's sharing the strategies that helped her reach her goal weight and combat her anxiety. And, in a brand new interview with Oprah Winfrey, Adele shared even more details about her upgraded fitness routine.
Here's everything to know about Adele’s healthy lifestyle—and how she got here:
Adele started making headlines with her weight loss at the end of 2019.
Adele first turned heads at Drake's birthday party in October, per Page Six, and on a photo of her presumably at the shindig, she said: "I used to cry but now I sweat 😂."
Then, for her 32nd birthday in May 2020, Adele posted a more dramatic photo to thank her fans for all the love and well wishes, as well as the first responders and essential workers "for keeping us safe."
Fans hardly recognized the singer in August 2020, when she posted a photo to congratulate Beyonce on the release of Black Is King. "Thank you Queen for always making us all feel so loved through your art ♥️♥️," she wrote in her caption.
Since then, Adele has been seen in a bikini top with the Jamaican flag as a tribute to the Notting Hill Carnival. "Happy what would be Notting Hill Carnival my beloved London 🇬🇧🇯🇲," she wrote in the caption. One commenter added: "We're happy she's out here living her best life.... You look great hun...."
Adele appeared on SNL in October 2020, and fans were quick to comment on the singer's weight loss.
She joked about it in her opening monologue as well. "I know I look really, really different since you last saw me," Adele said. "But actually, because of all the Covid restrictions…I had to travel light and I could only bring half of me, and this is the half I chose."
Adele hasn’t been sharing much on Instagram lately, but she dropped a series of pics on May 5 to celebrate her 33rd birthday. She added two words "Thirty Free," in the caption.
The photos show a smiling and slimmed-down Adele—without makeup, swimming in turquoise waters, and twirling around in a gorgeous tie-dye print dress.
She also glowed in a snap while wearing a t-shirt to support her favorite sports team: "You did us so proud! You brought our game home and brought us all together 🏴 ♥️," she captioned the pic:
Adele's weight loss is primarily due to her fitness routine.
Adele's exercise regimen includes weight lifting and circuit training—moves she's been working on for three years, according to Vogue.
In another interview with British Vogue, Adele said that during quarantine, she worked out three times a day: “So I do my weights in the morning, then I normally hike or I box in the afternoon, and then I go and do my cardio at night," she said. She added that she works with trainers like Greg Miele at Heart & Hustle gym in Los Angeles, California to get the most out of her sweat sessions, per Vogue.
During her conversation with Oprah, Adele said she's also gotten into deadlifting. Starting with just ten pounds, she slowly worked her way up to a majorly impressive 170 pounds, which she lifts on the regular. "I'm an athlete," she said. "I love it." And, the "Rolling In The Deep" singer mentioned that she enjoys boxing. "I've got a left hook that could kill you," she told Oprah.
Adele also confirmed that any rumors suggesting she lost weight by dieting are false. "No intermittent fasting. Nothing. If anything I eat more than I used to because I work out so hard," she told British Vogue.
Exercise helped improve her mental health, too.
For Adele, embracing a healthy lifestyle wasn't just about reaching a goal weight. “It was because of my anxiety," she told British Vogue. "Working out, I would just feel better." The singer also said that "it was never about losing weight, it was always about becoming strong and giving myself as much time every day without my phone. I got quite addicted to it."
Adele explained to Oprah that her anxiety was rooted in her divorce. “I had the most terrifying anxiety attacks after I left my marriage. They paralyzed me completely and made me so confused because I wouldn't be able to have any control over my body, but I was aware of that happening because it was kind of still very much there while my whole body was just like, on another planet it felt like,” she said.
She said that she placed a lot of trust in her trainer and felt more at ease while at the gym. Working out every day gave Adele "discipline" and helped fill her otherwise empty schedule.
Miele agrees that Adele's aim "was getting stronger, physically and mentally. She got really turned on to movement, and especially strength training. So turned on that she started doing double sessions," he explained to Vogue.
She's feeling confident and body-positive, despite what critics say.
When asked why she didn't share more about her weight loss journey on social media, Adele told British Vogue "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.”
But she knows that plenty of negative comments have surfaced about her new look. “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. Visually I represented a lot of women. But I’m still the same person," she explained to Vogue.
Still, Adele said she remains confident and body-positive, no matter what. “People have been talking about my body for 12 years. They used to talk about it before I lost weight. But yeah, whatever, I don’t care,” she said. “You don’t need to be overweight to be body positive, you can be any shape or size.”
And, to Oprah, Adele explained that "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. I'm trying to sort my own life out. I can't add another worry."
Weight loss or not, Adele seems incredibly happy these days. And really, that’s all that matters.