Adele Says She Was Very Upset By Backlash Over Las Vegas Residency Delay

On Friday, Adele spoke with the BBC’s Lauren Laverne on Desert Island Discs, and the subject of her postponed Las Vegas residency came up. In January, the Grammy-award winner posted a tearful video on Instagram about how her Caesar’s Palace shows would not be happening as scheduled, leaving many ticket holders angry and frustrated. She didn’t expect the backlash to be so severe. In the interview, Adele told Laverne that the criticism made her feel like a “shell of a person.”

“I definitely felt everyone’s disappointment and I was devastated and I was frightened about letting them down,” she said. “I was a shell of a person for a couple of months. I just had to wait it out and just grieve it, I guess, just grieve the shows and get over the guilt, but it was brutal.”

She explained, “I thought I could pull it together and make it work and I couldn’t, and I stand by that decision. 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. I’m like, the show’s not good enough.”

Adele did not have an answer as to when the residency might actually begin so those ticket buyers could finally see her perform, but she said it would be “very, very soon.”

“I’m not gonna update you if I ain’t got nothing to update you with because that just leads to more disappointment,” she added.

This weekend, Adele did take the stage again for her first live performance in years at London’s Hyde Park. It was apparently a very emotional return to the stage and many people in the audience had waited for hours in the heat to see the musical star. Whenever her residency begins, it seems like fans are still excited to see it.

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