Adele addresses cultural appropriation scandal for the first time: 'I didn’t read the f–king room'

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Adele is breaking her silence over one of last year’s most viral examples of cultural appropriation.

During London’s Notting Hill Carnival in 2020, the pop star shared a much-anticipated new image after her reported 100-pound weight loss — at a time when Adele had all but disappeared from the spotlight for more than a year.

Unfortunately, the long-awaited update was overshadowed by her … um, enthusiasm for the festival. Rather than celebrate the occasion alongside fellow Brits of Caribbean descent, she went full-bore with a Jamaican flag-print bikini and bantu knots in her hair, a style worn traditionally by Black women in the region.

“I didn’t read the f–king room,” she told British Vogue in a new interview for their November issue. In hindsight, she said, she “totally” understands why a backlash occurred.

Adele admitted she understood why she people accused her of cultural appropriation over an outfit previously worn by the musician to the Notting Hill Carnival.
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Rather, she learned that bantu knots aren’t just a hairstyle — indeed, they serve a functional and cosmetic purpose for certain hair types — and made the unfortunate discovery that they are novel to White women for a good reason.

“I was wearing a hairstyle that is actually to protect Afro hair. [It] ruined mine, obviously,” she said.

Elsewhere, the “Hello” crooner’s extensive interview for British Vogue also revealed new details regarding her divorce with ex Simon Konecki, 47, and the forthcoming album — possibly titled “30” — it helped inspire.

According to Adele, the new record is a personal reckoning.

“I feel like this album is self-destruction, then self-reflection and then sort of self-redemption,” she said. “But I feel ready. I really want people to hear my side of the story this time.”

The “Rolling in the Deep” singer also recounted feeling “f–king disappointed” about “being objectified” over her 100-pound, two-year weight-loss that led people to call her “too skinny,” or worse.

“My body’s been objectified my entire career,” the 15-time Grammy-winner said in her Vogue cover story. “It’s not just now. I understand why it’s a shock.”

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