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“I am not leaving them”: Adele's impassioned pledge to Grenfell fire victims in one of her last ever shows

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From visiting the site of the tower to delivering cake to hero firefighters, Adele has been one of the most high-profile supporters of the people caught up in the Grenfell fire disaster.

And while the official investigation into what really happened at Grenfell is ongoing, the singer is still trying to draw attention to the plight of those who lost their homes – and lives – in the fire.

Speaking onstage during what may have been one of her last ever live performances, Adele implored her fans to donate to the Grenfell fire relief fund, saying: “I am not leaving them. I’m involved now.

“I’ll be banging on about this for days, weeks, months and years,” the 29-year-old continued. “I want everyone to donate.”

Adele’s Wembley concert, the first of the final four dates on her 25 album tour, opened with an emotional video clip of the London-born singer appealing for donations for Grenfell.

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Adele leaving her performance at Wembley Stadium in London on 28 June.

The Guardian reports that footage of the devastated tower block was featured in the backdrop during Adele’s performance of Hometown Glory, a song about her love for London.

The musician also dedicated her cover of Bob Dylan’s Make You Feel My Love to the Grenfell victims. Before the song began, she also highlighted the bravery of the emergency service workers who risked their lives trying to save others from the fire, including her “new friend” Abraham – one of the first responders on the scene, who she had invited along to the show.


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“Usually I ask everyone to get their phone out and put their lights on [for this song],” Adele said. “But before I do that I want you to donate.”

She added: “I know a lot of people have paid a lot of money to be here… If you don’t want to [donate], I want you to promise that you will talk about it and tell people, because they are being forgotten.”

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Adele at Chelsea Fire Station with firefighters who rescued Grenfell Tower residents from the blaze.

Adele first visited the Grenfell Tower site on the evening of 14 June, less than 24 hours after the fire first ripped through the block of flats. The singer’s presence there only became public knowledge when onlookers posted photos on social media of her comforting evacuated residents.

She told the audience at Wembley that she would be returning to north Kensington after the final leg of her tour finished on Sunday, and that she wanted people to keep paying attention to the Grenfell case.


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“A lot of the [victims’] stories aren’t mine to tell, especially on a stage like this,” she said. “[But] today is two weeks since it happened and they are being neglected now.”

The Grammy-winning musician emphasised that she would personally ensure that any money donated to the Grenfell victims by the audience would get to the people who needed it – an apparent nod to allegations that the millions of pounds so far donated have not been making it into the hands of victims.

“I promise any money that we raise will get to them… I promise I will get the money directly in that tower,” said Adele.

Adele’s performance at Wembley was the first of four London shows this week, marking the final leg of her 15-month 25 tour. In an emotional open letter posted on Instagram shortly before the concert, the singer said that these may be her last ever live tour dates.

“Touring is a peculiar thing, it doesn’t suit me particularly well,” she wrote.  “I'm a real homebody and I get so much joy in the small things. Plus I’m dramatic and have a terrible history of touring. Until now that is!”

She described the experience of touring 25 as “hard” – but also “an absolute thrill and pleasure to have done”.

“I only ever did this tour for you, and to hopefully have an impact on you the way that some of my favourite artists have had on me live,” said Adele. “And I wanted my final shows to be in London because I don't know if I’ll ever tour again and so I want my last time to be at home.”

“Thank you for coming, for all of your ridiculous love and kindness. I will remember all of this for the rest of my life. Love you. Goodnight for now.” 

Find out more about how you can support the victims of the Grenfell fire at thebiggive.org.uk, localgiving.org and redcross.org.uk

Images: Getty Images, facebook.com/rob.petty.10

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