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Adele Says Postponing Her Las Vegas Residency Was “Brutal”

2022 was supposed to start off differently for Adele and her fans — especially after the “Easy On Me” singer announced her Las Vegas residency called “Weekends With Adele” where she was slated to perform her 30 tracks. Unfortunately, the Grammy-winner had to postpone her highly-anticipated show at The Colosseum at Caesar’s Palace at the last minute.

On Jan. 20, the night before the opening show, Adele took to Instagram to announce that she was postponing her three-month residency. “I’m so sorry, but my show ain’t ready. We’ve tried absolutely everything that we can to pull it together in time and for it to be good enough for you, but we’ve been absolutely destroyed by delivery delays and COVID,” she said tearfully. Adding that she was “gutted,” the singer apologized profusely in the video. “We’ve run out of time and I’m so upset and I’m really embarrassed and I’m so sorry to everyone who has traveled, again. I’m really, really sorry. I’m really sorry.”

Though fans were devastated about the news, many still sent an outpouring of support. Adele even called them “the best fans in the world,” tweeting, “Your graciousness and love tonight is overwhelming! Thank you.”

A few weeks later, on Feb. 11, Adele appeared on The Graham Norton Show and promised that the show is “absolutely 100% happening this year.” Though she didn’t pin down a timeframe, she said, “It has to happen this year because I've got plans for next year... Imagine if I have to cancel because I am having a baby!” But since the singer hasn’t updated fans about new schedules, and since the venue has already been booked through October (Rod Stewart is taking up residency from September through October 1), fans speculated that the show may be canceled altogether, adding to the backlash.

In a July 3 interview with Desert Island Discs on BBC Radio 4, following her two-day performance at Hyde Park, Adele spoke about standing by her decision to postpone even though its aftermath was “brutal.”

“I definitely felt everyone’s disappointment and I was devastated and I was frightened about letting them down, and I thought I could pull it together and make it work and I couldn’t, and I stand by that decision,” she said. “You can’t buy me, you can’t buy me for nothing. I’m not going to just do a show because I have to or because people are going to be let down or because we’re going to lose loads of money. I’m like, ‘The show’s not good enough.’”

She also addressed why she’s kept her “silence” without constantly updating fans about the status of the show. “It was horrible and the reaction was brutal. I was a shell of a person for a couple of months.” To get through the “brutal” months, Adele said she had to “wait it out,” “grieve the shows,” and “get over the guilt.”

The “Hello” singer did assure fans that she’s working on it. “Of course I could be someone on TikTok or Instagram Live every day, being like ‘I’m working on it.’ Of course, I’m working on it!” she said. “I’m not gonna update you if I ain’t got nothing to update you with, because that just leads to more disappointment.”