Adele: I Quit Sugar and Cigarettes – But 'I'd Never Deprive Myself' of Carbs
Don’t expect Adele to brag about her health kick.
Her motivation for lacing up and going back again and again is “to get in shape for myself, but not to be a size zero or anything like that.”
Even if that happened, the Adele fans know and love wouldn’t change. “Would I show my body off if I was thinner? Probably not, because my body is mine,” she says. “But sometimes I’m curious to know if I would have been as successful if I wasn’t plus-size. I think I remind everyone of themselves. Not saying everyone is my size, but it’s relatable because I’m not perfect, and I think a lot of people are portrayed as perfect, unreachable and untouchable.”
Adele – who is preparing for a potential tour in support of her new album 25, out Nov. 20 (preorder here) – says she’s lowered her sugar intake but refuses to completely cut carbohydrates. “I’d never deprive myself like that!” she quips.
Her health journey goes beyond the gym and pantry, though – the vocalist has also given up smoking now that she’s a mom to Angelo James, 3, her son with partner Simon Konecki. While discussing cigarettes, Adele says, “I absolutely loved it, but it’s not that f—— cool when I’m dying from a smoking-related illness and my kid is, like, devastated.”
And then there’s her decision to limit herself to an occasional drink. “I used to be able to drink anyone under the table and still be able to put on an all-right show,” she reveals. “But with kids, hangovers are torture. They just know. They pick up on it and just go for you.”
Discussion about her health and physique reminds Adele of an annoying question she often hears. “I’ve been asked, ‘Would you do Playboy?’ so many f—— times, it’s ridiculous,” she tells the magazine. “And is that because I’m a woman or because I’m fat?”
The “Hello” hitmaker says she couldn’t help but notice the public’s reaction to Chris Pratt‘s physical transformation over the past couple years. “What I found really interesting was the big, big deal that was made out of Chris Pratt,” Adele says. “When he lost all of his weight, it was, ‘Oh, my God, who would have known he was so f—— fit?’ It was a lot of attention on when he used to be bigger. I’ve never seen that with a guy.”