Adele’s Friend Says Those Focused on Her Weight Loss Are ‘Missing the Point’: ‘It’s the Voice!’
"She's always been gorgeous," said comedian Alan Carr, whose wedding was officiated by Adele back in 2018
On Tuesday, the comedian, 44, appeared on the U.K. talk show Lorraine, during which he addressed the public interest in Adele's weight loss. (Back in January 2018, the "Someone Like You" singer officiated Carr's wedding, calling him one of her "best friends.")
"She's always been gorgeous, with those eyes and those lips," Carr said. "... With Adele, you sort of missed the point if you’re just worried about what size knickers she wears. 'Cause it’s the voice. It’s that inspirational, awesome voice! ... It's all about the voice, for me."
Adele — who is set to host Saturday Night Live this weekend — caused buzz earlier this year while showing off her new look on Instagram. A source previously told PEOPLE, however, that the Grammy winner's transformation hasn't purely been a physical one.
"In the past, the stress from balancing work and being a mom was intense," a friend of the singer told PEOPLE in May. "She wanted to find a way to balance things better."
The mother, 32, to 8-year-old son Angelo (whom she shares with ex-husband Simon Konecki) committed herself to making healthier choices. Cutting back on alcohol and following a diet and exercise regimen, "she is now in a very good place both physically and mentally," the friend added at the time.
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First showing off a trimmer look last summer while attending a concert with a pal, Adele sent fans — including a few famous ones — into a frenzy when she posted a glamorous photo of herself celebrating her 32nd birthday on May 5.
"She quit smoking, reduced her drinking, got rid of sugar and stopped eating processed foods," her former London-based trainer Pete Geracimo — who worked with the star ahead of her 2016 and 2017 world tour — previously told PEOPLE. "She made healthier food choices and is training regularly."
Despite some negative online commentary about her appearance, she's paying no mind to the chatter. "She looks like a different person, but she's the same cool chick who will tell you to f--- off if you try and second-guess her," said another insider. "She is happy and fulfilled."
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Another source told PEOPLE in January that it's "easy to just focus on her physical transformation, but this is really about something bigger."
“She got to the point where she didn’t feel great. She knew she had to change something, because she wants to be the healthiest mom possible,” said the source. “Her whole focus during the weight loss journey has really how been all about how she can be healthier and how can she treat her body better.”
“It was never about losing weight,” the source continued. “Her weight loss happened because she has cut down drinking and is eating more real food. But she now loves her physical transformation too. She is more confident, dresses differently and she just seems happier overall.”