Adele Spoke to Oprah About Her 45kg Weight Loss and Finding Solace in Exercise After Her Divorce

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During the One Night Only special, Adele revealed to Oprah Winfrey both how and why she lost 45 kilos in two years. Rumours that Adele’s divorce had something to do with her weight loss weren’t entirely off, according to the “Hello” singer. “I had the most terrifying anxiety attacks after I left my marriage,” Adele explained. She mentioned that she had a steady workout routine for a while to aid with her back issues that she’s had since her teenage years but had a revelation while exercising after her divorce.

“I started to notice A) how much I trusted my trainer and his presence when I was feeling so lost, but also that I didn’t have any anxiety when I was with him at the gym.” With this realisation, Adele explained that exercise became a way for her to organise her days in a way that brought her a sense of routine and discipline during a time when she had no plans. Adele knew that she could look forward to her daily workouts and hikes as “pins in [her] day,” which reinstated a form of consistency she’d been missing. “In that process of having lost all of that weight, I definitely, really contributed to having my mind right . . . it gave me real purpose.” The solace Adele found in exercise is what drove her to work out every day and as a result lost 45 kilos in two years.

When it comes to her workouts of choice, Adele enthusiastically mentioned that she loves to lift weights and box. She began weightlifting 4.5 kilos and, at her self-described peak, deadlifted 70-75 kilos. As for her boxing skills, the singer mentioned that she has a “left hook that could kill ya.” In discovering her athletic side, Adele told Oprah that she could’ve been an Olympic athlete had she not “discovered boys and done a bit more PE (physical education).”

Looking back on her weight-loss journey, including the objectification of her body throughout her career, Adele made it clear that she has and currently holds the idea of body positivity close to her. “I’m either too big, I’m either too small, I’m either hot, or I’m either not . . . It’s not my job to validate how people feel about their bodies . . . I’m tryna sort me own life out.” Adele went on to state that she’s perfectly fine with any future fluctuations in her weight. So long as her weightlifting muscle memory stays with her, she’s fine with her body no matter her size.

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