Adele says she was ‘devastated’ after postponing her Las Vegas residency

Adele is opening up about her decision to postpone her Las Vegas residency in January due to COVID-19.

In an interview with Lauren Laverne of the BBC’s Desert Island Discs, Adele said she was a “one-person shell” for a few months after announcing her decision, but she’s sticking with it.

“I really felt everyone’s disappointment and I was devastated,” she said. “And I was afraid, you know, of letting them down. And I thought I could put it all together and make it work and I couldn’t, and I stand by that decision.”

In January, the “Easy on Me” singer shared a tearful post on Instagram to let her fans know her show wasn’t ready. Adele said that due to delivery delays and COVID-19, “it was impossible to complete the show”.

“I’m disgusted,” she said at the time. “I’m so upset and I’m really embarrassed and I’m really sorry for everyone who traveled.”

The Grammy Award-winning singer was due to take the stage at Caesar’s Palace on January 21 for a four-month residency titled “Weekends With Adele.” As a mother, Adele said the show would have been easy to do because she would have traveled to Los Angeles, where she resides, and wouldn’t have to leave her son, Angelo, for long periods of time.

“I don’t think any other artist would have done what I did, and I think that’s why it was such a huge story,” she told the BBC. “It was like, ‘I don’t care’ and things like that. And you can’t buy me. You can’t buy me for nothing. I’m not just going to do a show because I have to or because people are going to be disappointed or because we’re going to lose a lot of money. I’m like, the show isn’t good enough.

“Maybe my silence was deadly, I don’t know, but it was horrible and it was – the reaction was brutal. Brutal,” she added. “I was a shell of a person for a few months.”

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A promotional billboard promotes singer Adele’s upcoming concerts inside Caesars Palace Hotel & Casino on January 9, 2022 in Las Vegas.

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After announcing she would be postponing her show, Adele told the BBC that going through and facing the criticism was “brutal”.

“I just had to wait,” the singer said. “I had to wait and just cry I guess. Just cry the shows and get over the guilt and yeah, but it was brutal.”

Despite the impact of the experience, Adele, who has also spoken about motherhood, her divorce and her career, said she has put peace at the forefront of her life through therapy.

“I’m really lucky to be able to access it,” she said. “But I, too, used to be so immediate with all my reactions and decisions with things when I felt overwhelmed. And I think I’m just tired now that I’m getting older. Like, I don’t I don’t have time for drama or anything, I don’t have time to argue, I don’t have time to not solve anything, I’m just happy.

“I no longer put myself in situations that exhaust me,” she added. “Like I’m just going to be like, I’m fine. I’m cool, I’m going to walk away from that. And I choose very, very carefully the people now that are in my life because of all these things.”

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