If so, I wouldn’t bother reading too much further ahead, because it’s going to be a big ol’ Adele lovefest up in here.
With the Grammys right around the corner, everyone is talking about Adele.
The singer’s eagerly awaited return to the stage on Feb. 12 will mark her first public performance since vocal cord surgery in November. The British pop star, 23, is also a favorite to sweep the six categories for which she is nominated, including album of the year for21.
But in this week’s cover story, PEOPLE goes inside Adele’s private world, chronicling how she triumphed over the heartbreak that inspired her emotional songs, a broken home and almost losing her voice.
“She got to where she is through sheer hard work,” says Arthur Boulton, her teacher at London’s BRIT School.
She also succeeded by being true to herself. While Karl Lagerfeld recently called the singer “a little too fat,” Adele has always embraced her curves, and seems determined not to bend to body bullies.
“I’ve never wanted to look like models on the cover of magazines,” she says. “I represent the majority of women and I’m very proud of that.”
“I’d like to say to Adele that I am your biggest admirer. Sometimes when you take a sentence out of the article it changes the meaning of the thought,” Lagerfeld told Metro.
“What I said was in relation to Lana Del Rey and the sentence has since been taken out of context from how it was originally published. I actually prefer Adele, she is my favorite singer and I am a great admirer of her. I lost over 30 kilos over 10 years ago and have kept it off. I know how it feels when the press is mean to you in regards to your appearance. Adele is a beautiful girl. She is the best. And I can’t wait for her next CD.”
When I told you that story yesterday, the one about Karl Lagerfeld and his stupid mouth, a lot of you were all “what’s the problem?” and that made me a little sad. Then one of you lovely commenters came in and explained it better than I did (thanks, Mireee!) by saying that the problem wasn’t that he called Adele fat, the problem was that he said being fat was a bad thing. Not in terms of health, in terms of “oh yeah, she’s a great singer, but she’s a bit too fat,” like that takes away from her talent. And it doesn’t, and that’s a stupid thing to say.