Singer is understood to have "made a donation" to charity in lieu of recording vocals for the single
Prior to the recording of the charity single on Saturday, Geldof said that he had attempted to contact the singer and spoken to her manager about participating but that she was refusing to answer her phone.
“I got through to someone, not her, but she’s not doing anything at all at the moment. It’s fine, I understand it’s not for everybody and other people support in different ways,” said Geldof. “I put the call in. I didn’t speak to her. I spoke to Jonathan [Adele’s manager] and he says, ‘I can’t speak to her. I try but she won’t pick up the phone’.”
However, a representative for the singer has denied that this was the case and confirmed that while Adele did not turn up to record the single, she has made a donation to the charity.
Contacted by The Sun, a spokesperson for Adele said: “Bob and the organisers spoke directly with [Adele’s] management but at no point was she confirmed.” This mirrors a similar incident with Foals in which they were listed as being one of the acts participating before revealing to NME that they were actually unavailable on the date.
Band Aid 30 was recorded in London on Saturday to record the new and revealed overnight. Among those who joined in the recording of the track, first recorded in 1984, were Bono, Paloma Faith, Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, One Direction, Bastille and Coldplay’s Chris Martin.