Adele Makes Powerful Statement on Motherhood and Acceptance

It’s safe to say Adele is having a moment.

After dropping her third album, 25, on November 20, she has been absolutely everywhere — much to our delight. We’ve ugly-cried to “Hello” more times than we can count, we’ve sat entranced during her concert special, and we hit refresh over and over and over again when tickets for her upcoming tour went on sale (and weeped when they sold out in minutes).

But we have not stood up and cheered quite like we just did when we read something she said in an interview with TIME magazine. Speaking about motherhood and her son Angelo (whom she gave birth to in 2012), Adele said:

“He makes me so proud of myself, and he makes me like myself so much. I’ve never not liked myself. I don’t have hangups like that. But I’m so proud of myself that I made him in my belly … I can’t wait to know who his best friends are going to be, who his girlfriend or his boyfriend is going to be or what movies he likes … Whatever my kid wants to do or be I will always support him no matter what.”

Lovely, right? But on first read you may not have noticed what makes that quote so significant:

“I can’t wait to know … who his girlfriend or his boyfriend is going to be … I will always support him no matter what.”

Yes, in one small moment Adele proved herself so worthy of the pedestal we have universally put her on. She quietly showed her unwavering love for her son while also making a statement of support for the LGBT community.

Not that we should be surprised, of course. In 2011 she told Out magazine that she loved getting letters from fans thanking her for giving them the courage to come out. Like this young boy who spoke to her in Brussels:

“He fancied someone at school, but he wasn’t out. And he listened to ‘Someone Like You’ and came out to his best friend and then to the boy he fancied, and it turned out that he was gay as well, and now they’re together — he’s like 15. I had to leave so I didn’t burst into tears.”

Oh, Adele. Don’t ever change.

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