Adele admitted that she felt like “a shell of a person for a couple [of] months” after abruptly canceling her “Weekends With Adele” Las Vegas residency earlier this year — days before it was set to begin.
In a new interview, the crooner admitted that she felt devastated about disappointing fans who had paid thousands of dollars to attend. “I was frightened about letting them down. I thought I could pull it together and make it work and I couldn’t. And I stand by that decision. I don’t think any other artist would have done what I did and I think that’s why it was such a massive, massive story — it was like, I don’t care and things like that. You can’t buy me. You can’t buy me for nothing. I’m not going to just do a show because I have to or because people are going to be let down or because we’re going to lose loads of money.”
The Grammy winner added, “Of course I could be someone on TikTok or Instagram Live every day, being like ‘I’m working on it.’ Of course I’m working on it! I’m not gonna update you if I ain’t got nothing to update you with, because that just leads to more disappointment.”
As we previously reported, Adele, 34, first tearfully broke the news of the cancelations in a video posted on her Instagram, in which she told fans that dates would be rescheduled with additional information to come. She said that she felt she needed to deal with the backlash of the canceled event privately, admitting, “Maybe my silence has been deadly, I don’t know. But it was horrible. And the reaction was brutal. Brutal. I was a shell of a person for a couple of months. I had to wait it out and just grieve it, I guess, just grieve the shows and get over the guilt, but it was brutal.”
However, Adele did touch on the prospect of rearranging her U.S. schedule during her concert at London’s BST Hyde Park Festival over the weekend, saying that new dates would be coming. The appearance at Hyde Park marked Adele’s first public performance in five years. The two-hour set included songs from her latest album 30 as well as hits like “Hello,” “Rumour Has It” and “Rolling In the Deep.”