Adele is addressing the backlash over her last-minute decision to postpone her Las Vegas residency earlier this year.
The 34-year-old British singer spoke to BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs of guilt after abruptly halting her January-April run at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace, but said she did not I regret the difficult choice I made.
“I certainly feel everyone’s disappointment and I’ve been devastated, and I’m scared about letting them down,” Adele said. “I thought I could put it together and make it work but I can’t, and I stand by that decision.”
The superstar singer called her residence Weekends With Adele in a tearful Instagram video just a day before it was scheduled to start on January 21, citing production delays. output caused by COVID-19.
“I’m not just going to do a show because I have to or because people will be disappointed or because we’re going to lose a lot of money. I was like, the show wasn’t good enough,” Adele told BBC Radio 4.
Although confident in her decision to postpone her residency, the singer said the consequences of the ordeal left her feeling depressed. “I was a cover for one person for a few months,” she said. “I just had to wait for it and just grieve, I guess, just grieving with performances and getting over the guilt, but it was brutal.”
The Vegas residence has yet to be rescheduled as of press time.
“Of course I could be someone on TikTok or Instagram Live every day like, ‘I’m doing it,'” explains Adele. “Of course I’m doing it! I won’t update you if I have nothing to update you because that only leads to more frustration. “
On Friday, the “Hello” singer gleefully returned to the stage at London’s Hyde Park BST Festival, marking her first public performance in five years. Her two-hour set includes hits such as “Rumor Has It” and “Rolling In the Deep”, as well as a live debut of the track from the 30th album “Oh My God”.
“God, I’m back home,” the multi-Grammy winner told a sold-out audience. “It was strange to be in front of a crowd again. I get nervous before every show but I love being here. “
The Hyde Park collection marked Adele’s first public performance since putting together performances at London’s Wembley Stadium in 2017. She last performed at the Brit Awards in February and appeared at events television event before the 30th issue in November 2021.
This story first appeared on Billboard.com.