Adele isn’t just great because she knows how to belt out a ballad in a way that’ll have you, your mum, your grandad and your third cousin once removed weeping like a baby. She’s ace because she says what she thinks and what she thinks is often pretty righteous and often hilarious. A case in point – David Bowie’s longtime producer recently accused the singer of getting a bit too friendly with Auto-Tune, saying: “We know Adele has a great voice but it’s even questionable if that is actually her voice or how much has been manipulated. We don’t know.” Adele was not. having. that. at. all. Her curt response? “Some dickhead tried to say that my voice was not me on record… Dude, suck my dick.” Too right, Adele. Here are 11 other times that Adele told the haters where to get off.
Adele to Karl Lagerfeld after he called her 'too fat': "I've never wanted to look like models on the cover of magazines. I represent the majority of women and I'm very proud of that."
Adele on signing a deal with a big brand: "I don't want to see me plastered everywhere. If they offered me £10 million, I'd be like, ‘fuck off’. Besides if I was going to be the face of anything it should be the face of full-fat Coke."
Adele on Damon Albarn: "It ended up being one of those 'don't meet your idol' moments. The saddest thing was that I was such a big Blur fan growing up. But it was sad, and I regret hanging out with him. None of it was right. None of it suited my record. He said I was insecure, when I'm the least-insecure person I know. I was asking his opinion about my fears, about coming back with a child involved — because he has a child — and then he calls me insecure?"
Adele on her label XL reissuing her debut album: "I was furious when they did that. I said 'no' and they did it anyway. Just mugging off your fans."
Adele on playing big venues: "I will not do festivals. The thought of an audience that big frightens the life out of me. I don't think the music would work either. It’s all too slow. We had three nights on hold at the O2, and I was like, 'I won’t play a festival. You think I’m gonna play a fucking arena? Are you out of your mind?' I'd rather play 12 years at the Barfly than one night at the O2!"
Adele on people who put pressure on new mums to breastfeed: "Do you know what? The pressure on us is fucking ridiculous and all those people who put pressure on us can go fuck yourselves. Right? It’s hard, some of us can’t do it. Some of my mates got post-natal depression from the way those midwives were talking. Idiots. Breastfeed if you can, but don’t worry, [formula brand] Aptamil’s just as good."
Adele on the people behind the Brussels terror attacks: "This is 'Make You Feel My Love' and this is for Brussels. We're all here for the same reason. I'm hoping you've all come to be entertained by me. I'm here to entertain you, so we're all united, so that makes us much better than them fuckers. You're on, you fuckers."
Adele to a fan who was filming her gig: "Can you stop filming me with a video camera because I'm really here in real life. You can enjoy it in real life, rather than through your camera. Can you take your tripod down? This isn't a DVD, this is a real show. I'd really like you to enjoy my show because there's lots of people outside that couldn't come in."
Adele on 'Send My Love (To Your New Lover)' being about her ex: "This is my 'fuck you' song, it sounds obvious but I think you only learn to love again when you fall in love again. I’m in that place, my love is deep and true with my man and that puts me in a position where I can finally reach out a hand to the ex. Let him know I’m over it."
Adele on streaming: "There are kids I know who are, like, nine who don't even know what a fucking CD is! I've got my CDs out on display in my house just to prove a point. Maybe CDs will have a massive comeback like vinyl did. Actually I think cassettes, just to be a pain in the ass! I've got all my Destiny's Child cassettes!"
Adele on artists who use their looks to sell their music: "I've seen them up close and they don't even look like that. I just stand there and sing. I'm not worried that I'm a 'plus size' and so much bigger than other artists. No matter what you look like the key is to be happy with yourself."