Adele opens up on ‘brutal’ Las Vegas show cancellation backlash

During a weekend of standout shows at BST Hyde Park in London, Adele took some time out to chat to radio presenter Lauren Laverne and share her Desert Island Discs.

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During the chat, the 34-year-old singer got onto the subject of the Las Vegas residency that she had to cancel at the last minute back in January.

‘I definitely felt everyone’s disappointment and I was devastated and I was frightened about letting them down,’ Adele explained. ‘I thought I could pull it together and make it work and I couldn’t, and I stand by that decision.’

She continued: ‘I was a shell of a person for a couple of months… I just had to wait it out and just grieve it, I guess, just grieve the shows and get over the guilt, but it was brutal.’

Adele was booked to perform two shows every weekend at Caesars Palace from late January until April 2022, but on 20 January, just 24 hours before the first show, the singer took to Instagram to share the news that sadly the shows couldn’t go ahead.

In the emotional Instagram video, Adele admitted that her show wasn’t ready, apparently due to Covid-19-related delivery delays. While she promised her 50.4 million Instagram followers that all the dates would be rescheduled and told Graham Norton in February that the Vegas residency would ‘absolutely 100 per cent’ happen this year, ticket holders are yet to receive an update on when the shows will take place.

Speaking to Lauren Laverne, she said: ‘I’m not going to just do a show because I have to or because people are going to be let down or because we’re going to lose loads of money. I’m like, the show’s not good enough.’

The Chasing Pavements singer continued: ‘Of course I could be someone on TikTok or Instagram Live every day being like, “I’m working on it”… Of course I’m working on it! I’m not gonna update you if I ain’t got nothing to update you with because that just leads to more disappointment.’