More than a decade after exploding onto the music scene with her 2008 debut album 19 — a nod to her age at the time, and ultimately followed by 21 and 25 — Adele is ringing in her 33rd birthday. And while it remains to be seen if the British singer's long-anticipated fourth album — said to have been delayed by the pandemic — will be named 33, or indeed be released this year, the May 5 birthday girl is treating fans to three new photos of herself.
The first shows the superstar — who, mocking her Essex accent, playfully dubbed her birthday "thirty free" in her caption — without her trademark flick of black eyeliner or any other makeup. Wearing her blond hair long and loose, a barefaced Adele flashes a relaxed smile in the black-and-white Alexandra Waespi shot. Two of her tattoos are visible: a Saturn on her forearm — thought to be a tribute to her 8-year-old son Angelo, whose father is ex-husband Simon Konecki — and the word "Paradise" inked along her left hand.
In contrast to that peaceful, all-natural shot, the other two images see Adele in a more celebratory mood. She's wearing a vibrant patterned top while frolicking in the sea in one, and dancing in the third, which shows her sporting long curls and a tie-dyed dress.
Amid pleas for her to "drop the album," the singer's fans expressed their excitement over her new photos, the first she posted since October when she hosted Saturday Night Live.
"STUNNING. AS. ALWAYS." read one comment.
"You're so beautiful," many fans gushed.
"We love a self-loving queen," another commenter posted.
It was during her SNL monologue that Adele addressed her weight loss and changed appearance.
"I know I look really, really different since you last saw me, but actually, because of all the COVID restrictions and the travel bans, I had to travel light and could only bring half of me, and this is the half that I chose," she joked before curtsying to applause.
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