Of the moment Adele first broke up in 2008 with her debut album, 19, it was clear she was something else. And for the next decade plus, the British singer-songwriter (full name: Adele Laurie Blue Adkins) continued to show how special she was in everything from her great voice to her famous potty mouth to her impressive weight loss and glamorous makeover.
The ‘Rolling in the Deep’ singer is the winner of a whopping 15 Grammy Awards and 18 Billboard Music Awards, as well as an Oscar and a Golden Globe. En route to her total domination of the music world, the soulful singer has undergone major life changes – including the birth of her son, Angelo, in 2012, her marriage to Angelo’s father, Simon Konecki, in 2016, and their final divorce in 2019 – and showed her changing style to fans around the world.
The highly personal chart hit has been body positive since the start of her career. “I have never been unsure about what I look like, what I want to do with myself,” she said Daily mail in 2009. “My mom said I should only do things for myself, not for others.”
And she attributed some of the early support she got to her recognizable weight. “Fans are encouraged that I don’t have a size 0 – that you don’t have to look a certain way to get it right,” she said. Fashion that same year.
However, Adele dropped out in 2012 before her son was born in October, although she never lost her curves. And in 2016, long after the outspoken star became multi-platinum, she starred in another Fashion Hoes. From her smaller size, the star, who came from a rough working-class London neighborhood, told the magazine, “I was trying to get some stamina for my tour, so I lost a little weight.” She joked that her weight loss was responsible for her new shopping habit: “Now I fit in regular ready-made clothes – which is a very big problem for me!”
However you look at it, Adele’s journey and transformation over the years has been incredible. Scroll through to see some of the best photos of the star over the years.