Adele ‘Hello’ director says video sends message about ‘police brutality’

Singer is set to play four dates at Wembley Stadium in 2017

The director of Adele‘s video for Number One hit ‘Hello’ has revealed that the singer deliberately cast African-American actor Tristan Wilds to highlight the spread of police brutality in the US.

The Wire star portrayed the singer’s ex-lover in the video.

Xavier Dolan said there was a deeper reason for Wild’s casting as they prepared to shoot the footage just after another African-American had died at the hands of authorities.

“It was her desire that we wouldn’t cast a Caucasian male in this, which I thought was great,” he explained to Vulture. “She called me and said, ‘This is what I think we should do…'”

“She called me right after one of those incidents of police brutality, and I wish I could remember the name (of the victim)…,” he continued.

“She said it in such a natural way. It was not opportunistic, she didn’t want to be hip or anything. She was just like, ‘I’m concerned with the reality of the tensions between authorities and the black community, and I want to send a message out there.’ I thought it was beautiful. I wish that it was my idea, but it wasn’t.”

‘Hello’ recently scored nominations for Record and Song of the Year at the 2017 Grammy Awards.

Adele is set to play four dates at Wembley Stadium next summer. She will play:

Wednesday June 28 2017 – LONDON Wembley Stadium
Thursday June 29 2017 – LONDON Wembley Stadium
Saturday July 01 2017 – LONDON Wembley Stadium
Sunday July 02 2017 – LONDON Wembley Stadium

Fans should make the most of this opportunity to see her live, after she recently reportedly suggested that she ‘may not tour again for another ten years’.

“Right now she is saying she won’t do another massive world tour like the current one for another ten years,” said ‘a source’. “But she is going to consider doing a Las Vegas residency — something which has already been put on the table. A regular Vegas show appeals to her because it is in one place and she would be able to maintain a normal life, but it won’t happen for a number of years.”