Adele’s Birthday Instagram Ignites Debate On How We Respond To Celebrity Weight Loss

Adele posted a new Instagram picture and post after a long hiatus from social media. The message, posted on her 32nd birthday, is a heartfelt “thank you” to essential workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Thank you for the birthday love. I hope you’re all staying safe and sane during this crazy time. I’d like to thank all of our first responders and essential workers who are keeping us safe while risking their lives! You are truly our angels,” the Grammy winner wrote.

But folks were only focusing on her weight loss. Wearing a short black dress with incredible sleeves, Adele’s picture shows off the results of what has been a long weight loss journey. But because any time a woman’s body even slightly changes, media attention focused on Adele’s new figure, praising her slimmer physique—and this fatphobia did not make social media users happy. The hashtag #Adele started trending, igniting a tense conversation about how we treat weight loss.

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“The toxic fat shaming and misogyny in the #adele tag is disgusting. Adele was sexy, talented, and stylish years ago so I don’t know why so many of you are acting like she’s suddenly become all of those things only now simply because her weight has changed,” one user pointed out.

The reasons why people gain or lose weight are deeply personal, but unfortunately when folks exist in the public eye, they are up for all kinds of scrutiny. We hope Adele’s weight loss was her choice and she is feeling happy and healthy.