Sharon Osbourne has thrown her support behind Adele after the singer was recently criticised for her recent weight loss.
Speaking on her US chat show, The Talk, Osbourne said that she believed Adele lost the weight to get healthy, not for self-promotion as some have claimed.
“I never let it get to me, but I totally understand with Adele,” Osbourne told her fellow panellist during a virtual chat. “It was her time to lose weight, that’s all, in her journey, in her life. She must have felt, ‘You know what, I’m going try to lose some weight.’ For whatever reason, health, I’m sure, and you know what, she looks absolutely fantastic.”
“I’m happy for her, and everyone should be happy for her, because it was her choice,” Osbourne added. “She didn’t do it for anybody else but herself and so everybody should be happy for her.”
The TV personality also sympathised with Adele, saying she was once overweight. The 67-year-old said when she was heavier, she only felt comfortable hanging out with “bigger women” as they had an “underlying connection”. She also revealed that prior to her gastric band surgery in 1999, where she lost an overall 45kg, she used her weight as “a kind of shield”.
That’s why Osbourne finds it hard to believe overweight women when they say they love their body, because she did anything but.
“When really big women say they’re really happy in their body, I don’t believe them,” Osbourne admitted. “Because I was really, really big and I wasn’t happy. Sure, on the surface, ‘Ha, ha,’ but at night, in bed, alone, I was very unhappy.”
Co-host Sheryl Underwood chimed in and explained that women often felt betrayed by those who preach body love only to lose weight later down the track.
“I think there’s something to be said about the voluptuous person who says they’re confident, not just Adele, but if you look at other women who say, ‘I’m happy where I am,’ and then all of us who are voluptuous say, ‘Yay!'” said Underwood. “And then all the sudden you change or you evolve into something else, and people may have been betrayed.”