Adele brands herself 'body positive' as she reacts to criticism over her weight loss

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It's been a busy few weeks for Adele, with the release of her first single in six years and back-to-back interviews with the likes of British Vogue, Vogue US and Rolling Stone. And now, in a tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey, the record-breaking singer has opened up about the attention she's received since her comeback – especially the criticism surrounding her 100lb weight loss.

In her transatlantic cover star interview with Vogue last month, Adele took a deep dive into her divorce and how she had transformed her body and mental health by working out up to three times each day. After the interview, her exercise routine was branded 'way too much' by some health experts, which the 33-year-old singer disagrees with.

'I [wasn't] shocked or even phased by it — my body has been objectified my entire career. Am I too big or am I too small, am I hot or not or whatever — I never looked up to anyone because of their body,' Adele said of the reaction to her weight loss in her interview with Oprah. 'I was body positive then and I’m body positive now,' she added. '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.'

As for what inspired her fitness journey, the singer reiterated that her focus was always on her mental health, not on weight loss. '[Working out] was about my anxiety, mainly. I had the most terrifying anxiety attacks after I left my marriage — it made me so confused and made me feel as if i had no control over my body,' she emphasised.

'I noticed how much I trusted my trainer's presence when I was feeling so lost, but also I didn’t have any anxiety when I was out at the gym,' the Easy On Me singer added. 'It became my time — me having a plan everyday when I had no plans.'

She also pointed out how focussing on her health helped her as she transitioned through her divorce from partner of eight years, Simon Konecki. 'Once I realised I had a lot of work to do on myself, I stopped drinking and I started working out lots and stuff like that to keep me sort of centred,' she said. Previously, Adele revealed she'd been forced to give up drinking to help prepare her voice for her musical comeback.

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