Pete Geracimo, who was Adele's personal trainer between 2012 and 1016, defended the British singer's shocking body transformation, saying it was her own personal choice that should not in any way affect other people.
"My hope is that people appreciate the hard work that Adele has done to improve herself for the benefit to her and her family only", Geracimo wrote in an Instagram post on Thursday. "She did not lose weight to make others feel bad about themselves".
Geracimo also pointed out that Adele has put in a lot of work to improve herself and that the purpose of her transformation was to become healthier, not skinnier.
"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", Gerasimo said. "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!"
Adele shared a picture of her new body on 6 May, when she took to Instagram to give appreciation for health workers treating patients during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Thank you for the birthday love. I hope you’re all staying safe and sane during this crazy time. I’d like to thank all of our first responders and essential workers who are keeping us safe while risking their lives! You are truly our angels ♥️ 2020 okay bye thanks x
Most fans praised Adele for her hard work to get a healthier body, adding that "slim-shaming" her is as bad as "fat-shaming". They also said that some may be mischaracterising the essence of body positivity, which is to be happy with whatever body you want to have.
"Adele shared a photo on her IG after a social media hiatus and she looks incredible. Her weight loss over the past couple years is a huge accomplishment and speaks volumes to how much she cares for herself & her health. Naturally, the body positive police are MAD", a user posted on Twitter.
Let me get this straight... It was okay to compliment Adele's appearance when she was thicker, but it's not okay to compliment her now that she's thinner? I think you've tried too hard to be "body-positive" and inadvertently slim-shamed Adele. This is definitely an achievement.— Candace (@luvicandy88) May 6, 2020
Adele's lost weight and now 'body positive' folk are 'body negative'. Mad times.— D6MO (@d6mo) May 6, 2020
Nonetheless, the singer could not have avoided negative comments from those who were unhappy with her new looks, saying she has betrayed the body-positive movemen.
"Adele is a traitor to the body positivity movement. By losing weight, she is fat-shaming her younger self", a netizen said.
I am unwell.. I feel betrayed, lied to, and stabbed in the heart... Adele really went to the twig side...the GALL! She was out here reppin the thick sisters and doing it flawlessly... and then out of nowhere just switched up.. it really be your own sometimes!— kayla marie (@kaylariossss) May 6, 2020
Still, there have been a lot of fans who said the singer has always been beautiful, before and after.
Adele has always been beautiful. But losing weight takes a LOT of hard work and dedication. That’s certainly worthy of praise. Why don’t everyone just be happy for her instead of projecting your own insecurities by spreading all kinds of “messages” to make yourselves feel better?— driz (@bekalmom) May 7, 2020