Adele: ‘I can hardly believe the new me!’

The singer is still working on her confidence


by Katie Holloway |
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Trending on Twitter and getting nearly nine million likes for an Instagram post is one way of celebrating your birthday. Yes, when Adele does social media, she likes to leave her mark. And fans of the singer were blown away by a glamorous picture of the 32 year old that she shared to thank fans for their birthday wishes. But while the singer is said to have completely overhauled her lifestyle – leading to a rumoured 7st weight loss – a source tells us that she still feels self-conscious.

“Adele is finding the attention very embarrassing and still cringes when she walks into a room and all eyes are on her,” an insider tells heat. “She admits that although she may now look the best she ever has, she still gets incredibly self-conscious about her appearance, and sometimes finds it hard to believe that she looks as good as people say she does.”

And even though her Instagram comments were filled with praise from fellow celebs such as Chrissy Teigen and Tom Hanks’ wife Rita Wilson, our source says Adele is struggling to get her head round the situation. We’re told, “She says she’s shocked when she looks in the mirror, but she’s really enjoying buying so many new clothes and is having a blast trying things on – from skimpy dresses to statement red-carpet creations. It’s like she’s making up for lost time, and she’s spent thousands of dollars.”

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The insider adds that Adele – who split from husband Simon Konecki in April 2019 – loves sending selfies to her mum and friends, but loses that confidence when she has to go out. “She says that she feels anxious whenever she goes out – she’s never been truly comfortable with all of the attention. Her friends are really trying to work hard on persuading her that she’s gorgeous and helping to build up her self-confidence, but it’s going to take a while.”

The singer, who is isolating in her Los Angeles home with her seven-year-old son Angelo, reportedly worked with the same trainer as Robbie Williams’ wife Ayda, as well as getting advice from A-list pal Beyoncé. Ayda’s trainer previously said, “I don’t believe she liked exercise much, but she has changed her lifestyle, and I believe 90 per cent was dieting.”

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Adele herself said in 2016 that she wasn’t a huge fan of working out. She has also spoken about her self-esteem issues, previously saying, “I do have body image problems, for sure, but I don’t let them rule my life at all,” and, “I have anxiety attacks, constant panicking onstage – my heart feels like it’s going to explode, because I never feel like I’m ever going to deliver.

And our source says that having put the graft in, Adele now worries about undoing all of her hard work. “She’s put in a huge amount of effort to get where she is and has really overhauled her lifestyle, her habits and her mindset when it comes to food and exercise,” we’re told. “But the biggest battle is overcoming her anxiety and building her self-esteem. She’s glad to be in LA, where people are more open and understanding about these things, and happy to discuss her personal journey.

“She talks about it a lot with her LA friends, who tell her how proud they are of her and really celebrate the changes she’s made.”

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