Is it just us, or does Adele just get more and more hilarious every year she’s in the public eye?
When she first burst onto the music scene with ‘Chasing Pavements’ in 2008, we loved her music and her no-nonsense attitude, but we didn’t realise quite how big a space she’d eventually take up in the nation’s hearts.
From touching gestures for fans at gigs and laugh-out-loud funny interview answers to exceptionally risqué award speeches, she’s always got something up her sleeve that makes us smile, and for that, we salute her.
Here are 18 times Adele was genuinely, inarguably brilliant. We defy you to not be a fan by the time you reach the end…
1. The time she hit back at her critics in the BEST way
In February 2017, Adele attended the Grammys, wearing a pretty fab green Givenchy couture gown – an outfit which led internet trolls to make some unkind comparisons to a certain Dreamworks ogre.
Speaking to fans at a concert shortly after the event, she said: ‘Before the Grammys I had this dress right, I wore this green dress, everyone said I looked like Fiona from Shrek. I don’t f**king care. It was Givenchy Couture, they can say what they want.’
‘I worked out,’ she added. ‘Obviously I’m a large lady and I like eating food very much, but I was working out twice a day to fit into that Givenchy dress because it was quite tight.’
Adele, from any woman who has ever kicked her own butt in the gym to squeeze into a special occasion dress, THANK YOU for your honesty (and you know you looked amazing in that gown anyway, right?)
2. The time her card got declined in H&M
Adele may be worth a reported £85 million but that doesn’t mean she’s immune to the till point fear, after revealing her card got declined at a H&M store.
Whilst performing on her US tour in 2016, she admitted to the crowd at San Jose’s SAP arena that her latest shopping trip had left her ‘mortified’. Chatting away in classic Adele style she said, ‘I went to H&M and got my card declined. Oh my days, pretty embarrassing. Nobody knew it was me, but I was mortified.’
3. The time she totally forgot all of her lyrics on stage
Performing in Copenhagen during her 2016 world tour, Adele was gearing up to belt out one of her biggest hits, Rolling In The Deep. Two lines in, she sang the wrong line, exclaimed ‘oh sh*t, f**k, sh*t, stop. I did the wrong words, let’s do it again. Sh*t!’
However, ever the professional, she had a plan. ‘Let’s do it again. Lights out, lights out, let’s be dramatic!’ If you want to see her owning her mistake in all of its glory (trust us, you do), skip to 0:44 on the video above.
4. The time she did Carpool Karaoke with James Corden and showed off her rap SKILLS
Notable highlights include downing her entire cup of tea, revealing her secret drumming skills (‘the female Phil Collins’), knowing every word to the Spice Girls’ seminal classic ‘Wannabe’, and the story about the time she got drunk three nights in a row. Hero.
5. The time she talked about her pregnancy beard (it’s called Larry)
During a gig in Glasgow’s SSE Hydro Arena in March 2016, Adele told the crowd that she’s grown facial hair while pregnant with her son Angelo.
‘When I got pregnant I had so much testosterone in me that I grew a beard,’ she said to fans. ‘I only cropped it last night. It’s actually true. I’m not telling a joke. I actually have a beard, but I’m proud of it. I call it Larry.’
6. The time a couple got engaged at her gig and she invited them on stage
Natalie King and Johnny Biggle got engaged at one of Adele’s 02 Arena gigs in London during ‘their song’, Make You Feel My Love. Spotting them in the crowd, the singer pulled the pair up on stage, telling them ‘I know, I’ve got stage fright too but deal with it, come on’, and then quizzed them about all of the details of their relationship.
She then described the moment as ‘the most beautiful thing I’ve ever witnessed at one of my shows’. Naww!
7. The time she TOTALLY fooled a group of Adele tribute acts
For a BBC special celebrating her new album, 25, and her career in general, Adele donned full prosthetics and pretended to be a fellow tribute act (‘Jenny’, whose day job is a nanny) amongst a group of real Adele impersonators. Needless to say, when they heard her sing, the realisation clicked, and the tears began to flow…
8. The time she stopped her concert to take a selfie with her doppelganger
Emily Bamforth’s boyfriend Tom flagged down Adele’s attention at a concert in Birmingham to draw attention to her resemblence to the famous singer. ‘Adele said “have you got a question?”‘ he recalls. ‘I just said “right – I’ve been told my girlfriend looks like you”. Then she said – “come on then, up you come,” I couldn’t believe it.’
The pair then posed for a snap together, which predictably went viral. ‘It’s insane how it has spread,’ Emily said. ‘I didn’t expect it, it was such an amazing moment and to get a picture of it was so special.’
9. The time ITV managed to bleep out all of her Brits acceptance speech except the word f**k
If you cast your mind back, you’ll remember that she actually won four awards on this night, including Best British Solo Artist and Best Album. She also got progressively more emotional AND hilarious during each speech (kind of like us on a night out, we like to think… ), culminating in this expletive-filled ode to Tim Peake, but than managed to pull it back with an incredible performance of When We Were Young. And if that’s not professionalism, we don’t know what is.
10. The time her management had to stop her ‘drunk tweeting’
Graham Norton asked her if the rumour about her not having control of her own Twitter account was true – and it was, for the most hilarious reason. ‘I mean I’m not a drinker any more, but when Twitter first came out I was, like, drunk tweeting, and nearly put my foot in it quite a few times,’ she explained.
‘So my management decided that you have to go through two people and then it has to be signed off by someone, but they’re all my tweets. No one writes my tweets. They just post them for me. So, yeah, that’s very, very true.’
11. And the time she admitted why she was REALLY on Facebook
‘I’ve been stalking all of my ex-boyfriends’ new girlfriends. It’s brilliant because some of them don’t realise they haven’t set privacy settings on their photographs,’ she admitted in an interview, shortly after releasing her album 21.
12. ALL the times she’s posted about her health and beauty regime
It’s literally like looking into a mirror. We feel you, girl.
13. The time she wished Leonardo DiCaprio luck for the Oscars
Adele shared this picture on the eve of the 2016 Oscars when Leo was nominated for Best Actor for the film The Revenant. For those not in the know, the ‘clock’ was the meeting point for Leo and his co-star, Kate Winslet, in Titanic. We don’t know what we love more, the fact she loves Titanic or the fact she called him ‘bruv’.
14. The time she called Jennifer Aniston ‘Rachel’
In New York in 2011, Adele tried to go the bathroom at the same time as Jen, but was initially stopped by her security team. After the actress eventually helped Adele get through to the toilets, she told Graham Norton, ‘We went into the cubicles and sat down and I could hear her, “pssssssst.” And through the cubicle she said, “So how are you, honey?” And I just called her Rachel! I said, “I’m fine thank you, Rachel.” So I’ve actually heard Jennifer Aniston’s piss come out. It was brilliant.’
15. The time she played Box of Lies with Jimmy Fallon
From the moment she started the game, she couldn’t stop cracking up, but she hit a high point when she a) impersonated a t-rex and b) failed to convince Jimmy that she didn’t have a giraffe with donuts around its neck in her box, and called him a bitch.
16. The time she was asked if she’d ever want to be a Bond Girl
After winning the Golden Globe for the title song for the James Bond movie Skyfall, Adele was asked if she’d ever like to be James’ right hand lady herself. She continued to cackle at the concept for about five solid minutes after this.
17. The time she dressed up as George Michael
For her 27th birthday, Adele threw a fancy dress party, and instead of going as a more traditional character, she opted for a HIGHLY ACCURATE depiction of her hero, George Michael. Frankly, if you told us this was a picture of George, we’d believe you.
18. And the time she’d heard her own song so many bloomin’ times she couldn’t even introduce herself anymore
‘Hello, it’s me, Adele. God, I can’t even say that anymore!’