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Adele’s headline making weight loss has prompted her former personal trainer to set the record straight on the singer’s physical transformation.
Pete Geracimo took to Instagram to share his thoughts and feelings after his former client became the subject of debate regarding weight loss and fatphobia. Geracimo, who worked with Adele while she was living in London, shared a lengthy message on social media, condemning the onslaught of negativity from followers “questioning the genuineness of her amazing weight loss.”
Geracimo shared a photo of himself and Adele, who is pictured laying in a pool and assured fans that the star has stayed true to herself through out the entire process.
“In my personal experience of working with her through many highs and lows, she always marched to the beat of her own drum on her own terms,” he wrote. “She never undermined her God-given talent in any way. She let her incredible voice do the talking, or should I say singing. She never once pretended to be something that she wasn’t. What you saw was what you got. And we all LOVED it!”
In 2019 fans noticed the “Hello” singer had lost weight after she was photographed inside Canadian rapper Drake’s birthday party. Adele went on to share a photo of herself taken during a Christmas party looking slimmer and was spotted on vacation with James Cordon and Harry Styles in January.
On Wednesday, Adele shared a photo of herself to social media, taken during a birthday celebration at her home in Los Angeles thanking fans for their well-wishes and frontline workers for their efforts during COVID-19. The photo featured a much thinner Adele, standing in the middle of a large floral installation, wearing a black mini dress and heels smiling at something off-camera.
The post initiated an ongoing debate about the ways in which we discuss and celebrate weight-loss. Commenters praised the star for “looking better” and congratulating her for “being skinny.” Headlines called the look “inspiring” and “dramatic” while fans lamented that they wished they could look like her.
Many argued that weight loss should not be considered a triumph, and reminded fans that Adele has always been beautiful at any size. Others attributed her transformation to societal pressures to be thin, an accusation Geracimo vehemently denied.
“When Adele and I started our journey together, it was never about getting super skinny. It was about getting her healthy,” Geracimo said. He added that the release of her album, “25” in 2015 was the impetus to make lifestyle changes in order to maintain her 13 month “gruelling schedule” including a world tour.
“As a result, she lost considerable weight and people took notice. Her body transformation was splashed across every media outlet,” he continued. “The attention it generated was mind-blowing.”
Geracimo went on to note that Adele’s move to Los Angeles coincided with some “tough personal changes.”
In September 2019 it was confirmed that Adele filed from divorce from her husband, Simon Konecki, with whom she shares a son, Angelo.
“It’s only natural that with change comes a new sense of self and wanting to be your best possible version. She embraced better eating habits and committed to her fitness and ‘is sweating’! I could not be prouder or happier for her!” Geracimo wrote. “This metamorphosis is not for album sales, publicity or to be a role model. She is doing it for herself and for Angelo.”
Geracimo said instead of debating and critiquing Adele’s weight-loss, people should “appreciate the hard work” that she’s done to “improve herself.”
“She did not lose the weight to make others feel bad about themselves. This personal transformation has nothing to do with me or you,” he concluded. “It’s about Adele and how she wants to live her life. She has not changed from the Adele we grew up with and have loved. There is just a little less of her to go around.”