Adele Responds After Accused of ‘Cultural Appropriation’ | 22 Words

Adele has finally responded to the backlash she received after she posted a bikini picture that caused many people to accuse her of cultural appropriation...

Now, we all know that Adele isn't usually one for being on the receiving end of backlash.

But last year, that all changed after she posted a certain bikini picture.

At the time, she made the decision to remain quiet on the controversy...

But after more than a year, Adele has now addressed all the claims.

Now, if you've been living under a rock, then you might not know who Adele is...

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A British born and bred singer with the ability to stun audiences with her powerful voice, Adele brought back a classic ballad vibe to the music industry.

The first of her hits to enter the Billboard Hot 100 was "Chasing Pavements."

While the song was tucked away among other more pop-infused beats, it managed to rank pretty well, climbing its way to slot twenty-one as the lead single from her debut album.

Then followed her debut album, 19.

19, along with her second follow-up album 21 earned her immense critical praise, and the success of both the albums cemented her in the industry.

And things only went up from there...

After taking a break to focus on her personal life in 2012, Adele returned back to the scene with her sensational hit "Hello."

And that became the song of the year in 2015.

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Shortly after, she released her next album, 25, which featured iconic songs such as "Send My Love (To Your New Lover)." If you haven't listened to that album, please do yourself a favor and add it to your playlist. You will not be disappointed.

The singer has sold millions of songs worldwide...

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Her list of achievements is outstanding, to say the least.

Adele has fifteen Grammys as well as an Oscar tucked nicely under her belt and the list is expected to grow as rumors of her new album have left everyone feeling giddy with excitement. We've waited long enough!

But her success isn't the only thing that fans are talking about right now...

According to the word on the street (also known as Twitter), Adele has undergone one of the most amazing transformations they have ever seen.

She is typically known for her stripped back, casual style of dressing...

But she has completely switched it up over recent years.

Adele has always been gorgeous, but she often spoke out about how she wasn't happy with her body.

And that's fine. Everyone's allowed to have their personal goals about what they want to look like. It doesn't take anything away from her amazing talent as a singer.

A source told The Sun:

"Adele has been out enjoying herself and she sees that as her priority at the moment, along with being a [mom] to Angelo."

"She has been loving her new workout regime and it really works for her."

"It’s a bonus that she has shifted some weight. Her mates are glad she’s letting loose and there’s nothing but good feelings towards her. She’s got a new lease of life."

Due to her weight loss, her mental health has improved too.

But how did the hit-maker manage to get to this point? In 2016, when she spoke to Vogue, she revealed some of the little tips she implemented into her life to make the drastic change. This included pilates and cutting out tea from her life.

It's safe to say...

That Adele is looking better than ever.

But not only does Adele look amazing...

She looks happy. And if she's happy, we're happy.

It's clear that Adele is loved by people all around the world.

But even the best-loved singers can do things wrong...

Last year, Adele was slammed by fans after she posted a picture to Instagram...

It showed her celebrating the Notting Hill Carnival in an outfit that many slammed as cultural appropriation.

Even though the popular event took place online last year amid the pandemic, it didn't stop Adele from getting all dressed up for the occasion.

In a picture shared to Instagram, Adele could be seen dressed in a bikini top with the Jamaican flag on it, while her hair had been tied into Bantu knots.

Alongside the picture, she wrote: "Happy what would be Notting Hill Carnival my beloved London 🇬🇧🇯🇲."

People criticized her look for appropriating Jamaican culture...

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At the time, Adele said nothing on the matter.

But now, she has...

In an interview with Vogue, the singer admitted that she "totally get why people felt like it was appropriating."

She explained that she could see the comments slamming her for not removing the picture but said that if she took it down, she would be "acting like it never happened."

"And it did. I totally get why people felt like it was appropriating."

"I had thought, if you don't go dressed to celebrate the Jamaican culture - and in so many ways we're so entwined in that part of London - then it's a little bit like, 'What you coming for, then?'"

Adding: "I didn't read the f***ing room. I was wearing a hairstyle that is actually to protect Afro hair. Ruined mine, obviously."

What do you think about what she had to say?