‘I’m topping myself up every week to make sure I can give you everything’

Adele was honest about her experience with therapy.  (Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for AD)

Adele was honest about her experience with therapy. (Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for AD)

Adele opens up to fans about her experiences with therapy.

According to several press reports and video footage, the British singer got candid about mental health during her performance on Friday, Dec. 9, as part of her “Weekends with Adele” residency in Las Vegas. The Grammy winner told concertgoers that she has “started therapy again.”

“I went a few years without having it,” she added, per Independent.

The 34-year-old further said that she had previously sought therapy in the middle of her divorce from ex-husband Simon Konecki. Adele filed for divorce in 2019 and the former couple – who share 10-year-old son Angelo – finalized the marriage split in March 2021. She is now dating sports agent Rich Paul.

“Before, of course, when I was going through my divorce, I was in like five therapy sessions a day,” she told fans with a laugh.

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The “Hello” singer shared that during her therapy, she stopped holding myself accountable for my own behavior and the things I would say, and that’s because I would always fall back on my therapist,” joking with how she and her therapist would rationalize why she behaved a certain way, saying things like, “because when you were 10, this happened.”

“I just had to hold myself accountable for it,” she admitted.

But that experience hasn’t kept her from resuming therapy; it just changed her intentions.

“Now I do it because I just want to make sure I fill up every week to make sure I can give you everything,” she said.

Adele revealed that she and her current therapist have discussed the stress she typically feels doing live shows, noting that she tends to get “emotional”.

“I love making music, but there’s something about performing live that actually scares me and usually fills me with dread,” she said. “That’s why I’m not a big touring artist. I did it last time to prove that I could do it. But this experience of being in a room of this size, I think I can be a live artist for the rest of my life.”

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Although she admitted that she feels a lot of pressure to be perfect, Adele is learning to let go of some of that and just enjoy the support she gets from her audience.

“if my voice isn’t top, that’s okay, but my soul is top, I’ll tell you that — that’s what I try to tell my therapist,” she said to cheers, before adding that ” the human interaction” she gets from her weekend shows has made her the “happiest I’ve ever been.”

Adele – who also paid tribute to fellow singer Céline Dion following her announcement that she has stiff person syndrome – has previously opened up about the heartbreak she experienced during her divorce.

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“It really upset me,” she shared Rolling stones of the separation. “Then I have so many people I don’t know know that I couldn’t make it work… it destroyed me. I was embarrassed. Nobody made me feel embarrassed, but you feel like you didn’t do a good job.”

During that time, the newly single star focused on her mental health, which included sound baths, meditation and “a lot of therapy,” according to her interview with Vogue last year. She has also credited her new workout routine with not only changing her body, but helping her heal mentally.

“I realized that when I was working out, I had no anxiety,” she told the magazine. “It was never about losing weight. I thought: If I can make my body physically strong, and I can feel it and see it, then maybe one day I can make my emotions and my mind physically strong.”

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