"I've had to have an Imodium," the singer reportedly shared in just one of many funny moments
Say “Hello” to Adele the wedding planner.
The 25 hitmaker kicked off her world tour in Belfast, Northern Ireland, on Monday night with a special surprise for a fan named Neil, who traveled all the way from Essex, England.
To celebrate the leap year, the 27-year-old singer invited Neil’s girlfriend Hayley on stage to propose in front of the 11,000-strong audience at the SSE Arena. When the woman revealed that Neil already said “maybe” to her marriage offer earlier in the day, Adele led the crowd to chant, “Come on, Neil.”
She then warned that he’d better say yes or the crowd could get nasty. “Ooh. They’re turning, they’re turning!” Adele said, jokingly.
Thankfully, commitment-shy Neil eventually uttered the magic words, although he didn’t escape without a warning from Adele, who dazzled in a sequined custom Burberry gown. “I’ve got cameras all around here. I’m making a DVD,” she quipped. “I’m going to make you the front cover if you don’t do it.”
Hayley later thanked Adele on Twitter, saying the star “wrote the words to our story” and helped her find the “courage” to pop the big question.
The witty encounter was just one funny highlight in an opening show that was peppered with humorous, off-the-cuff moments. Taking the stage on a raising platform, the multiple Brit award winner suitably opened her new show with “Hello,” before moving on to “Hometown Glory” and “One and Only.”
“They told me not to talk for three songs so my nerves could calm a little,” Adele admitted to the audience, the BBC reported.
But there was no stopping her after that: “I need to wipe the puddle off me face,” Adele noted.
She got even more personal, prowling the stage with a warm mug of tea and revealing that she had “to do an emergency shave” on her legs before the show in her dressing room – and that all the pre-show nerves led to an unfortunate symptom.
“I’ve been f—ing s—ing myself all day,” she declared, according to The Guardian. “Bad bowel movements. I’ve had to have an Imodium.”
And she had a message for anyone in the audience who wasn’t already an Adele loyalist: “I know some of you have been dragged along,” she said. “But I’m going to win you over … Although some of my songs get a bit depressing.”
To top off an incredible return to touring – her first since a hemorrhaged vocal cord forced an early end to her 2011 tour – Adele closed the show with “Rolling in the Deep.”
Walking off stage, she simply summed up the night: “This was the best way to kick off our world tour. I could get used to this.”
Couldn’t we all!