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Adele on cultural appropriation scandal: ‘I didn’t read the f–king room’


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Adele is breaking her silence over one among final yr’s most viral examples of cultural appropriation.

During London’s Notting Hill Carnival in 2020, the pop star shared a much-anticipated new image after her reported 100-pound weight loss — at a time when Adele had all however disappeared from the highlight for greater than a yr.

Unfortunately, the long-awaited replace was overshadowed by her … um, enthusiasm for the competition. Rather than rejoice the event alongside fellow Brits of Caribbean descent, she went full-bore with a Jamaican flag-print bikini and bantu knots in her hair, a mode worn historically by black girls in the area.

“I didn’t read the f–king room,” she told British Vogue in a brand new interview for his or her November challenge. In hindsight, she stated, she “totally” understands why a backlash occurred.

Adele, 33, additionally believes in proudly owning her errors.

“I could see comments being like, ‘The nerve to not take it down,’ which I totally get,” she stated. “But if I take it down, it’s me acting like it never happened. And it did. I totally get why people felt like it was appropriating.”

In the finish, the Grammy-winning artist — who will drop a long-anticipated new single, “Easy on Me,” on Oct. 15 — was served a heaping serving to of karma for her poor type, and never simply by way of dangerous press.

Rather, she discovered that bantu knots aren’t simply a coiffure — certainly, they serve a useful and beauty objective for sure hair sorts — and made the unlucky discovery that they’re novel to white girls for an excellent cause.

“I was wearing a hairstyle that is actually to protect Afro hair. [It] ruined mine, obviously,” she stated.

Elsewhere, the “Hello” crooner’s intensive interview for British Vogue additionally revealed new particulars concerning her divorce with ex Simon Konecki, 47, and the forthcoming album — possibly titled “30” — it helped encourage.

According to Adele, the new file is a private reckoning.

“I feel like this album is self-destruction, then self-reflection and then sort of self-redemption,” she stated. “But I feel ready. I really want people to hear my side of the story this time.”

The “Rolling in the Deep” singer also recounted feeling “f–king disappointed” about “being objectified” over her 100-pound, two-year weight-loss that led people to call her “too skinny,” or worse.

“My body’s been objectified my entire career,” the 15-time Grammy-winner stated in her Vogue cowl story. “It’s not just now. I understand why it’s a shock.”

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