Melancholy crooner Adele has been on tour for a while now, despite her well-documented stage fright. The multiple Grammy-winning artist has successfully fought her fear for years, but through tears she admitted she might not be up for the task in the future. Are these the last live shows for Adele?
“Touring isn’t something I’m good at — applause makes me feel a bit vulnerable,” she said in front of an audience of 400,000 in Auckland New Zealand on Sunday night. “I don’t know if I will ever tour again. The only reason I’ve toured is you.”
“[This tour has been] my greatest accomplishment in my career,” she continued. “It’s changed my life. I understand why I do it.”
Suspicions about the future of Adele's performances have been mounting for a while. NPR notes that she's expressed similar sentiments about her anxieties at other stops on this junket. Similarly, her promoter Michael Coppel had warned fans that this might be her only visit to Australia and its surrounding territories. Last week, he even told the Daily Telegraph, "We may never see her again."
Jezebel noted that Adele's last four shows in London, aptly named The Finale, will take place over the summer. It's hard to imagine such a world-renowned artist retiring from live performances forever, but only the future will tell whether she can conquer her fears and return to the stage.