Adele talks being bullied and quitting school

Written by By Yara Karimi, CNN Fifteen years after winning the “American Idol” competition and a Grammy for her follow-up album “21,” Adele won her first-ever Oscar for her James Bond theme “Skyfall.” But…

Adele talks being bullied and quitting school

Written by By Yara Karimi, CNN

Fifteen years after winning the “American Idol” competition and a Grammy for her follow-up album “21,” Adele won her first-ever Oscar for her James Bond theme “Skyfall.” But the songstress has also had to contend with her health, motherhood and her personal life, as the latest episode of “Oprah’s Master Class” is set to show.

Among the insights: Adele’s father left the family when she was a baby, which put her on a crash diet when she was three. But she says that slimming down has not made her less confident.

A pregnant Adele said her mother had returned from work earlier than expected, and gave her advice on fashion. Credit: Courtesy The Ellen Show

“Because I was bullied at school I was worried about showing off, the fact that my hips were so big and I became really conscious of that and… I couldn’t really be proud of my body,” she says.

But since then she’s embraced her curves. “I’ve never been a problem with it… once I started [realizing] that I’m really lucky and I get to do my job and people love me no matter what I look like, I wanted to treat my body with respect.”

That led her to a self-help book that changed her view.

“I love ‘The Complete Joy of Cooking’ by Julia Childs so much… I started studying all the techniques and then the way she boiled an egg, because she just did it so effortlessly and it was amazing. She thought, ‘The bloody universe is on my side’… To me, it was a lesson to love myself for everything I can be,” Adele says.

Also on her playlist: Adele’s boyfriend Simon Konecki. Credit: Mat Hayward/Getty Images North America/Getty Images

Born in South London, Adele — whose real name is Adele Laurie Blue Adkins — was in “a really bad place.” Her father, Paul, had to leave the family when she was three after they separated.

“My childhood was really tortured … My mum was very brave and would say, ‘I could never love a black person but I love you enough to do whatever it takes for you.’ And I was confused and I wanted to understand and I didn’t really get my head around why I was being bullied…,” she says.

So she would lose weight to try and get the attention she craved. “I ate one apple a day… so I was eating way too much fruit and I always wanted to be thin because I was missing one of my parents. It would be very telling that I could never find my dad, but I had a wonderful mother and she took me and my brother into her house. It’s a really sad story that makes me sad, that I was taken out of my own mother’s house to live with a man.”

Unsurprisingly, Adele was a failure at school. The only profession that she enjoyed was dance.

Her career was not without consequence. A former lover confessed that he wanted to sleep with her while she was in her twenties, which is when she began recording her debut album “19.”

In her years as a pop star she struggled with depression, but Adele says she has moved beyond those fears. “I used to have suicidal thoughts… after I had my first child, and she’s my first child. And it’s like nothing’s changed. I don’t want to die. I’m not missing the moment to go; I don’t know why it feels like that when I get the time,” she says.

When Adele went into the bathroom after giving birth in July 2016, her blood pressure dropped to 50/25, from where it takes about four hours to go down. “Luckily I didn’t get any blood clots. I just had to go to the hospital to check. I was induced so quickly because I felt like I’d always been pregnant.”

As she was being rushed to hospital, her mother approached her, wanting to know if she was okay.

“My mother and I, we’ve always been very close and she said, ‘I really need to talk to you, I need to know if you’re okay and do you have any words of wisdom.’ I was like, ‘Mum, I don’t know, I’m coming out.’

“I was like, ‘I’ve got, what, like five people in my life who could die at any time?’… [But] I was relieved that I wasn’t going to pass away or something, thank God. And then she said, ‘Don’t cry, I know this is really hard for you, I love you so much.'”

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