Lady Gaga Brings Up Adele’s Weight In An Interview

'Adele is bigger than me, how come nobody says anything about it?'

Okay. So, many of us have seen and read all of the drama surrounding Lady Gaga‘s weight gain or whatever. And we all know how serious this topic is in celebrity; Adam Levine recently came out to voice his support of Christina Aguilera, and to call out those who occupy themselves with her physical appearance. And we’ve had plenty of discussions about femme body image and how it plays out in pop culture. Lady Gaga recently had an interview with Stylist UK and some comments she made about singer and new mom Adele are being taken as somewhat controversial, although they might just be complimentary. Click inside, and judge for yourself.

So here’s the interview excerpt that everyone’s talking about:

Tell me about your ‘Body Revolution’ [which encourages her fans to celebrate their flaws]?

I’ve realised I don’t have to do very much anymore but make music, because my fans do it all for me. They carry the message so far. Ever since they saw how much Born This Way could affect people, they wanted to do more and have that sort of space of kindness and compassion. I was acutely aware of some photos on the internet – my mum called me and was like, “Did you gain weight?” – everybody was telling me about it, and I didn’t really care. But when I heard it was on the news, where they talk about wars, the economy crashing and the election – I just thought, ‘This is f*cking ridiculous.’ I mean, what kind of example is that to a young girl sitting at home? I thought, well I don’t really care if they think I’m fat, because, quite honestly, I did gain about 30 pounds. Adele is bigger than me, how come nobody says anything about it? She’s so wonderful and I think her confidence is something I have to match. She has set the bar very high for a lot of woman. I need to be a confident woman and just say politically active things when I can that are helpful to young people.

So E! posted this on their site (just the Adele bit) and many readers were fuming mad. On the one hand, it sounds like Gaga is making a ridiculous comparison between herself and Adele. You could easily argue that Adele‘s body is not constantly on display and therefore it is not usually up for discussion. Of course we all know that people (like Karl Lagerfield) have totally talked about Adele‘s body. She’s a woman. She’s in the public eye, so just like Gaga (and literally every other celeb woman) her body is an issue. But readers pointed out that we are less likely to talk about Adele since she is less likely to be nude or semi-nude or exposed in the way that Gaga is.

I think this is true, and I also don’t see why Gaga felt the need to bring up Adele at all.  I mean, she could have easily made her point without mentioning Adele‘s body. However, I also see how Gaga is complimenting Adele, and even admitting that she could learn a thing or two from her. She admits to feeling less confident than Adele (or what she thinks Adele feels) which is, I think a pretty honest statement to make. Gaga also had some pretty interesting thoughts on modern-day feminism and beauty:

Can make-up and feminism ever truly be friends?

You know what’s so funny is, I actually think there’s a new feminism that is completely different and I don’t think either is better or worse. Any kind of feminist has valid views for herself about what it means to be a feminist, but, as a new-age feminist, I would say I quite like the transference of strength I feel by submitting to a man – being under him. I actually wrote a song about it on my album, it’s called GUY and it stands for Go Under You. So wearing make-up, smelling delicious and having suckable, kissable, edible things between your limbs is something I find strengthening because I know that when I pick the right guy, I can let him have it. Some women feel oppressed by make-up and clothing, and here’s to them, they have every right to feel that way as well.

What would be your beauty mantra for Stylist readers?

Sit in front of the mirror with all of the paints and colours and wigs that you have at your disposal, and just have a real talk with yourself. “What do I not like about me?” And then, peer into the mirror – and just f*cking draw right over it because that’s what make-up is here for. We’re not all perfect – it’s meant to be fun so we can bond as women, and say, “You know, what? We don’t all feel perfect, but did you try that lipstick? It’s divine.”

Soooooo…. yeah! I’m actually not opposed to some of these ideas. Gaga‘s such a trip, lol. Your thoughts?!

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  1. Honestly, I think this shizz is rude and totally out of line. Adele has taken far too much abuse for her size (most notably from Karl Lagerfeld) for Gaga to say essentially “she’s bigger than me, she should be attacked before I get attacked”. As for her backhanded compliment, I’m not impressed. Let me be clear, I applaud Lady Gaga for being so outspoken about body image and I hope she continues to be outspoken but I hope she finds better ways of making her point without having to kinda/sorta insult someone else.

    • Trent, it was totally a ‘backhanded compliment.’ I think you’re right– there’s gotta be a better way to make these points.

    • Grace

      I think it was rude, too. I understand the point Gaga is trying to make but why bring an unwilling bystander into it?
      Also, the bit about “nobody saying anything about Adele’s weight” is not true; her weight has been brought up many times.
      A part of me thinks this is just a way for Lady Gaga to get more attention.

    • Grace, ‘why bring an unwilling bystander into it?’ YES. In fact, had she not said anything about Adele, I think her comments could have been wayyy less controversial and maybe the greater message might have gotten across.

    • Here’s the difference between Lady Gaga and Adele. Gaga uses her body as part of her performance, and she often does it in a very sexual way, exposing herself to all these criticism. We never see Adele appealing to anything else that her gorgeous face or voice … She’s not jumping and dancing around in a bikini nor naked. There’s a big difference.

    • Jose: but why should we allowed to criticize somebody’s body just because we can see it? It makes it even worse to say it’s because she performs in a sexual way, because it implies that fat girls can’t be sexy, so we don’t need to think about them.

  2. Yikes, it stil sounds bad..The comparison between Gaga and Adele is just rediculous. Adele’s body is never on display the way Gaga’s body is, therefore she gets more critsism. I know, she shouldn’t get any critisism at all for her weight gain, but she’s shown off her body too many times for us not to notice her weight gain.

  3. Jean

    she posts photos of her “real” body yet she’s wearing a wig. oh the irony.

  4. Xadax

    Excuse me Lady Madonna but Adele’s weight “not being talked about”?! Please, your little fake monsters bullied her ever since she took those award titles from you.

    • fmx

      I don’t get it either, when I watch a youtube video for Adele half the comments about her weight is coming from monsters, and it’s really sad that her own fans are the ones going in for the attack on her now. I don’t get these celebrities why they glee like they have something more better or perfect than someone else it’s just so transparently insecure and backhandedly unnecessary.

  5. helen

    I´m sorry but I just can´t stand her. Everything about her is about getting attention and creating controversy, I know she likes to portray herself as the voice of the people, but those comments about Adele just make me believe stronger that she´s just doing it to sell records, I know she might have a good thing to say every now and then, but it still annoys me and THAT is the difference between her and Adele, everything about Adele is about her voice and her talent and she does not need to make a stirr every other day. The fact that Gaga needs to point out that Adele is bigger than her makes me think she´s the most insecure person ever. The thing is, she actually is pretty talented too so she shouldn´t have to do this…I don´t know… I guess some people are into media-whoreness.

  6. yeah that was a unnecessary comment to put Adele in. She was not thinking her point through at all. Throwing Adele was quite tasteless.

    In regards to the feminism comment I think she’s got it wrong. Yes there are different waves of feminism throughout herstory! First wave and second wave and the new current wave which is more dynamic than ever but the choices shes making in regards to her comment around feminism still surrounds/centers on a man. I thought that’s what feminism has been fighting against that. I DO BELIEVE that is okay to be feminist and still wear make up. Its fine as long as the intention behind the choice to wear make up is not centered around a man and more so for creative purposes(but we can agree to disagree on that topic).

    • emily

      @patchyskies81: very interesting point. I had not thought about it that way, but you’re right … her comments about feminism still center around men. Good food for thought.

    • patchyskies81, I did notice that her ideas were sexualized in a way but this is an ongoing struggle in Feminist thought– trying to create a movement that isn’t ‘about’ men in some way or another.

      What she had to say about make-up was a little weird… the idea of drawing over your flaws… but I guess I also thought this was her honest interpretation of beauty rituals. Which is kinda sad, but I think a lot of us see it this way which is very telling.

  7. ck

    I get what Lady Gaga meant, but people are going to jump all over her because she mentioned Adele. Probably best if she just said, “There are other artists heavier than me that do not receive as much criticism.” But then she was trying to compliment Adele’s confidence. I think people just want to have something to talk about so they can show whose side they are on.

  8. Serena

    I agree with Trent and Shannon and any one else who thinks this was a total backhanded compliment. Why bring an innocent bystander into this as well?? Im over Gaga these days. As for Adele, she is so beautiful and graceful, probably cuz she’s from England. Adele would never throw someone under the bus like Gaga!! She’s probably at home being a new Mum and has to read this shite! Shame on you Lady Gaga!!!

  9. gaga does it again she says something controversial to later deny it and have her fans to bully everyone disagrees and she does nothing about it cause they are carrying her message ( i guess bullying is her message) why can’t she be more like christina?

  10. Alecia

    I agree with everyone. It was a backhanded compliment that sounded more like her way of trying to get attention for no reason. Adele is highly admirable because she uses her talent to win us as fans, not controversy, smoke and mirrors, skimpy outfits, or any of that. That’s what Gaga should do instead of trying to make a comparison.

  11. One way to make a difference regarding this issue is to support magazines who publish real-women body image advertisements (remember the dove campaign?) and support the products who choose to ethically avoid the hyper-perfect women and over airbrushing. I put my money where my ethics are. Eff the establishment that holds me to an unrealistic standard…. Eff them.

  12. Jessica

    I dont thinks he meant to put Adele down…. and I think she looks great with curves! of course she could have had more tact.

    • Jessica, I also think it was a matter of tact. In the end she does pay Adele this ‘compliment’ but it was complicated by her bringing up Adele’s weight.

  13. Adele’s weight has been a topic of conversation since she hit it big and lord knows Adele has taken a lot of unnecessary crap about it. there was no need to bring up any one person’s name here.
    and the big difference here, is Adele never uses her body to see her image, and thats all Gaga does. when you use sex to sell, pick are going to nit pick every piece of you.
    its like she had to say this because no one is talking about her anymore. OR she has new music coming out and needs to be back in the public eye. either way, its a trashy move.

  14. cutituot

    I think the issue with her weight gain had more to do with the fact that she was wearing a terribly unflattering outfit that just was not cute on her. Everyone needs a good frient to tell you when you look bad. Gaga needs a friend.

  15. Niki

    I am sorry but is she lost her mind…she is just saying anything or everything?!
    ‘having suckable, kissable, edible things between your limbs is something I find strengthening because I know that when I pick the right guy, I can let him have it.’
    Just reading this makes me sick! A woman is not about her private parts and this is NOT ‘feminism’….even those pictures are so dumb! Is she proving herself to be pornstar? lol

    I really think she has lost it!

  16. Ben@pr

    I am not a little monster at all but I don’t think her comments were mean spirited. She clearly says Adele have raised the bar way too high in terms of self-esteem and confidence.

  17. JCZ

    I don’t think she meant it in that way (whoa a Gaga defence, it hurts) but at the same time, did she need to bring up Adele? She could have brought up Beth Ditto – someone who is more ‘confident’ with their size and showing it off.

    The thing I disagree is the comment she made about Adele’s confidence. I mean, it’s just not needed. To me, it feels like she is implying larger people, or women, need to have more confidence to be okay with themselves & to not worry about their weight or what people think of them.

    Some people are naturally going to be larger than others. We’re never going to see Victoria Beckham at Adele’s former or current size. A) Cause she is not a healthy role model, only to wannabe models and B) Cause V seems to have that small physique.

    I don’t think all larger people look in the mirror before they go out, take a deep breathe, put on a smile and get that confidence to be out in public. How depressed would the world be if that was the case?

    Gaga is gonna cop some flak for it and deservingly so – but a lot of people will take it way outta context, which wasn’t the intention. I just don’t think Gaga is the person who should be throwing around advice like this or speaking about image issues, when she clearly lacks a lot of confidence.

    She might be a role model with LGBT issues, gender issues and social acceptance. But body image is something she shouldn’t lecture on.

    • Ben@pr

      Did you grow up as a fat or overweight kid? Because if not you don’t know what is like feeling your confidence weakened by mean comments.

  18. Shannon m.

    I’m not sure how I feel about this. I think if Lady Gaga made a general point about artists who are bigger than her, the comments wouldn’t receive as much attention and in turn wouldn’t be noticed or thought about. It happens all the time. We talk about generalized bullying and it needing to stop and everyone know it.. but people think more about it when it’s a specific situation (Amanda Todd for example). Same thing with drinking and driving.. doesn’t have an impact until you see a car/person who has been in the wreck.
    The fact that people have so much issue with Gaga bringing up Adele’s weight in a way shows that it’s like it should be a “taboo” topic because she is bigger than a lot of female singers. If i made a comment saying someone was bigger than i am but they were still considered ‘thin’ by public standards, it wouldn’t matter that I said it. Adele is big.. big deal. Talk about it. It’s a size and it’s not something that should ever be an issue, which I believe is generally the point Gaga is trying to make. Would it have been more appropriate for her to say “im a size ____, which is much smaller than a size ____”? No. People would still have their panties in a twist because it insults those people that would be that size or above.
    I agree with JCZ’s comments above – I think it’s taken way out of context. It was a factual statement. Adele IS bigger than Lady Gaga and so what?

  19. Mama

    When a person uses her body for self promotion she has little recourse when that image changes. And it will change…eventually.

  20. NothingButBile

    Adele is a classy woman with talent. GaGa is just an egotistical whore. Young girls need real role models to look up to and emulate, not trashy nudists with no self-respect. Miley Cyrus, Kim Kardashian … You’re both up there on the list.

    Now, Emma Watson is a mature, intelligent, polite and respectable young woman who just happens to be stunningly beautiful. I think the world of her. SHE is a role model, not those other wastes of space. They make me sick!

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