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Adele Addresses Vegas Residency, Brutal "Backlash"

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Back in January, Adele shared a video on Instagram where she emotionally revealed her Las Vegas Residency tour was being postponed -- just one day before it was set to open on the 21st of the month! Fans were immediately disappointed and frustrated at the news, but 6 months later and Adele has no regrets about her actions. Here's what she had to say about the controversial decision.

For those who need a refresh of what happened, the singer's show was meant to run from January to April at the Caesars Palace hotel in Las Vegas. But unfortunately, Adele and her team were not prepared. "My show ain't ready," she confessed, holding back tears. "We've tried absolutely everything that we can to put it together in time and for it to be good enough for you, but we've been absolutely destroyed." Because it was one day before the opening performance, there were already hundreds of concertgoers in the city who had spent thousands of dollars to attend the show… so understandably, they were heartbroken about the news. Adele added that she was "upset and embarrassed." She went on, "I'm so sorry to everyone who traveled… I'm really, really sorry."

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Despite her visible sadness and the fact that she assured audiences her shows would occur later, fans were not happy. Now, half a year since then, the 34-year-old opened up about the criticism she faced. "I definitely felt everyone's disappointment, and I was devastated, and I was frightened about letting them down," she revealed during her appearance on BBC Radio 4's Desert Island Discs this past weekend. "I'd thought I could pull it together and make it work, and I couldn't, and I stand by that decision." 

Adele stood by her original reasoning for postponing: the show was simply not ready. "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," she said. "I'm like, the show's not good enough." And although she doesn't regret her decision, it still majority impacted her mental health, "I was a shell of a person for a couple of months," she confessed. "I just had to wait it out and just grieve it, I guess, just grieve the shows and get over the guilt, but it was brutal." As for the upcoming residency, she said it's in the works - but failed to share any details. "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." Stay tuned for updates, and make sure to check out Caesars Palace's website for tickets!