Adele has delivered an emotional tribute to the victims of the mass shooting at an LGBT nightclub in Orlando, Florida.
The Tottenham-born singer began her show in Antwerp, Belgium last night by speaking on the tragedy, which took the lives of 49 people and wounded 53 more when Omar Mateen opened fire at Orlando gay nightclub Pulse in the early hours of Sunday morning. He was shot dead by police.
“I’d like to start tonight by dedicating this entire show to everybody in Orlando and at Pulse nightclub last night,” she said, holding back tears. “The LGBTQI [Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning and Intersex] community – they’re like my soulmates, since I was really young, so I’m really moved by it.”
Watch a clip of her speech, captured on film by Instagram user @yasminvanas, below.
Adele’s tribute has added to the outpouring of support from the music world following the atrocity early on Sunday morning.
Elton John wrote on Twitter: “Our hearts go out to all the families and loved ones of those lost in Orlando”, while Florence Welch said that she is “sending love and light” to those affected. Pharrell Williams tweeted: “I will never understand why people hate. No words can express how sad my heart feels about the tragedy in Orlando.”