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Adele on body hair: “I’ll have no man telling me to shave my legs”

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Hayley Spencer
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Second to her award-winning voice, Adele is well-known for her honesty. And the latest topic she’s setting the world to rights on is body hair.

In an interview with Vanity Fair, the 28-year-old shot down the suggestion that women should groom their body hair to appeal to men.

After explaining that due to the pressures of her tour schedule meant she had recently chosen not to shave her legs for a month, Adele joked that perhaps people front row at her concerts might notice the hair when she runs up the stairs to the stage.



The interviewer then allegedly asked if her boyfriend of five years, Simon Konecki, minded her decision to grow out her hair. Of course, Adele didn’t miss a beat and was quick to clap back: "He has no choice. I'll have no man telling me to shave my f****** legs. Shave yours."

Adele and boyfriend Simon Konecki

Adele with boyfriend Simon Konecki

A perfect retort to a misplaced question: after all, how any woman chooses to groom (or not groom) her body hair is a personal choice that should never be dependent on societal pressures. 



In the same interview, Adele also spoke out about her struggle with post-partum depression and praised women who don’t feel pressured to follow the presumed narrative of motherhood.

“I think it’s the bravest thing not to have a child; all my friends and I felt pressured into having kids, because that’s what adults do,” she said.

“I love my son more than anything, but on a daily basis, if I have a minute or two, I wish I could do whatever the f**k I wanted, whenever I want. Every single day I feel like that.”

She also explained her decision not to have a second child any time soon is down to the mental health issue she experienced after the birth of her son Angelo – now four.

“I’m too scared,” she said. “I had really bad post-partum depression after I had my son, and it frightened me.”

As ever, Adele’s frank, straight-talking approach to interviews is inspiring and comforting to a legion of female fans who may have gone through the same struggles.

You can read Adele’s full interview in the December issue of Vanity Fair.