Adele says reaction to postponement of Las Vegas shows has been ‘brutal’ | Ents & Arts News

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Adele says the “brutal” backlash from her decision to postpone her shows in Las Vegas made her a “one person shell” for months.

The singer was scheduled to perform a series of concerts from January to April this year at Caesars Palace, but they were canceled just 24 hours before opening night.

The 34 year old player shared a video message in tears apologizing on social media at the time, saying his team had been “absolutely destroyed by delivery delays and COVID”.

But some fans have complained they’ve spent thousands of dollars traveling to Vegas for the shows – and new dates for Adele’s residency have yet to be confirmed.

Appearing on BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Records, Adele said she “definitely felt everyone’s disappointment” at her decision and was “devastated”.

She told host Lauren Laverne: “I was afraid to drop them and thought I could put it all together and make it work, and I couldn’t.

“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 big, massive story.

“I’m not just going to do a show because I have to or because people are going to be disappointed or because we’re going to lose a lot of money. I’m like, ‘The show’s not good enough.'”

She added: “But it was awful and the reaction was brutal. I was a shell of a person for a few months.”

When asked how she handled the fallout from the announcement, Adele replied, “I just had to wait and cry. Just cry the shows and get over the guilt. But it was brutal.”

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“I spent $4,000 to see Adele in Vegas – then she canceled”

Adele performed on Desert Island Discs the same weekend she performed two sold-out concerts as part of the British Summer Time festival in Hyde Park in London.

She spoke about her relationship with her alcoholic father, Mark Evans, from whom she was separated but with whom she reconciled shortly before his death from cancer in 2021.

She said: “When I found out he was sick a few years ago I got the call and drove straight there. It was tough but it was definitely one of the greatest moments of my life in a good way, when I went to see him.

“I made peace with him when I found out he was sick. And we got on really well, which was amazing, but also sad because he was really funny.

“He’s really funny and I don’t remember him when I was little. But it was really nice. We laughed, we chatted and we cried. It was great for both of us.”

Adele pictured at the Brits in February

The singer, who has son Angelo with ex-husband Simon Konecki, said she wants more children with her boyfriend, US sports agent Rich Paul.

She said, “I would really like to have a few more kids. It would be wonderful if we could. If not, I have Angelo. I just want to be happy.”

Adele’s musical choices on Desert Island Discs included Dreams by Gabrielle, He Needs Me by Nina Simone and Bills, Bills, Bills by Destiny’s Child.

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