Adele has no regrets when it comes to postponing her Las Vegas residency.
The Grammy winner opened up about her decision to cancel her Sin City shows at the last minute during an interview on BBC Radio 4‘s “Desert Island Discs” Sunday. She shared that she was scared of disappointing fans but didn’t want to do a show that was not up to her standards.
“I definitely felt everyone’s disappointment, and I was devastated, and I was frightened about letting them down,” Adele told BBC’s Lauren Laverne. “I thought I could pull it together and make it work, and I couldn’t, and I stand by that decision.”
Adele explained that the show simply wasn’t “good enough,” echoing the sentiment she shared when she announced the postponement of her residency back in January.
“You can’t buy me, you can’t buy me for nothing,” she continued. “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.”
The “Easy On Me” singer shared that the backlash was “brutal” and left her as a “shell of a person for a couple of months.”
“I just had to wait it out and just grieve it, I guess, just grieve the shows and get over the guilt,” she explained.
Adele confirmed that her Las Vegas residency is still happening and that she’s been “working on it.” However, she won’t give tentative dates for now because she didn’t want to disappoint her fans any further.
“I’m not gonna update you if I ain’t got nothing to update you with because that just leads to more disappointment,” the singer added.
Back in January, she apologized profusely for postponing her “Weekends With Adele” residency at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, which was initially scheduled to begin on Jan. 21 and run through mid-April.
In an emotional video, Adele explained to fans that half her team was down with COVID-19 and that they were “absolutely destroyed” by delivery delays. “I can’t give you what I have right now, and I’m gutted,” she said at the time.
Last week, Adele was moved to tears while performing at London’s British Summer Time (BST) Hyde Park Festival Friday in her first public concert in five years.
“My God, I’m back at home,” she told the crowd of 65,000 while performing her first song. “It’s so strange to be in front of a crowd again. I get so nervous before each show, but I love being up here.”
Adele’s boyfriend Rich Paul, 40, was seen sitting next to her ex-husband Simon Konecki, 38, during her show. Cameron Diaz and her husband Benji Madden were also there with them sitting in the same VIP section.