Adele shared that she felt like “a shell of a person for a few months” after abruptly canceling her “Weekends With Adele” residency in Las Vegas in January – just days before it was due to start.
In an interview with Desert Island Discs on BBC Radio 4, the singer said she felt guilty for disappointing fans who had paid thousands of dollars to attend.
“I just had to wait and cry, I guess, just cry the shows and get over the guilt, but it was brutal,” Adele explained.
Adele first tearfully announced the news of the cancellations in a video posted to her instagram, in which she told fans the dates would be rescheduled with more information to come. However, these updates never arrived.
She told BBC host Lauren Laverne that she felt she had to deal with the backlash from the canceled event privately, admitting that “the show wasn’t good enough. Maybe my silence was deadly, I don’t know. But it was awful.”
Although she felt bad for the fans, Adele said she did not regret the overall decision to end the residency although “I really felt everyone’s disappointment and I was devastated, and I was afraid to let them down. I had thought I could put it together and make it work and I couldn’t. I stand by that decision… I’m not just going to do a show because I have to or because people are going to be disappointed or because we are going to lose a lot of money.
Adele told Laverne: “Of course I could be someone on TikTok or Instagram Live every day, saying ‘I’m working on it’. Of course I’m working on it! I’m not going to update you though I have nothing to update you, because it only makes the disappointment worse.
However, Adele raised the prospect of revamping her US schedule during her gig in Hyde Park on Friday night, saying new dates would be coming “very, very soon”.
“I had my shows that I was supposed to do but they didn’t happen,” she said on Friday. “I’m just waiting for a piece of equipment.”
The appearance at London’s BST Hyde Park Festival marked Adele’s first public performance in five years. The two-hour set included songs from his latest album ’30’ as well as hits like ‘Rumor Has It’ and ‘Rolling In the Deep’.