How Adele's Hollywood makeover is inspired by her BFF Jennifer Lawrence
SHE was once the down-to-earth girl who penned heartfelt love songs while sipping tea and working her way through a packet of Hobnobs.
But Hello singer Adele is now a different woman, after a radical Hollywood makeover inspired by her A-list best friend, screen star Jennifer Lawrence.
This week the mega-selling pop queen showed off her new look when she stepped out in Manhattan, sporting perfect make-up, chiselled cheekbones, a £2,525 Balenciaga coat and gold-capped designer heels.
The 30-year-old mum of one even had platinum blonde streaked hair that looked eerily similar to that of her showbiz buddy Jennifer.
And the outfit provided a stark contrast with the frumpy High Street clobber she wore when she first shot to fame 11 years ago.
Sources say the transformation is no coincidence and one told us: “Adele and Jennifer are best friends and they are always phoning and texting each other to gossip and talk about life.
“Jennifer has become a huge inspiration and I think in some ways she is the woman that Adele secretly always wanted to be.
“She has jaw-dropping good looks, classic Hollywood style and an amazing figure and Adele is clearly learning from her. But they also go out and have fun, and Jennifer loves being around someone who is not only supremely talented but also a good laugh.”
A few days ago they were photographed falling over each other laughing as they played drinking games and talked to drag queens at New York gay bar Pieces.
They first met when Adele sang her Academy Award-winning James Bond theme Skyfall at the 2013 Oscars.
Jennifer, 28 — also known as J-Law — said of the encounter: “I remember sneaking backstage while she performed Skyfall, trying to squeeze a ballgown past a pile of ropes and cables just to get a little closer — to see her from another angle, as if to peek behind the Great Oz’s curtain.
“I had been a fan of hers since Chasing Pavements.”
Back then, newcomer Adele was seen as a breath of fresh air in the image-obsessed world of celebrity.
She was a girl-next-door musician who admitted to smoking, boozing, drinking ten cups of sugary tea a day and gorging on fast food and biscuits.
The following year she told a reporter: “I have never been insecure, ever, about how I look, about what I want to do with myself.”
She later added: “I’d lose weight if I was an actress and had to play a role where you’re supposed to be 40lb lighter, but weight has nothing to do with my career.
“Even when I was signing a contract, most of the industry knew if anyone ever dared say, ‘Lose weight’ to me, they wouldn’t be working with me.”
This no-nonsense persona stemmed from Adele’s modest roots.
The Tottenham-born star was raised by single mum Penny Adkins in a flat above a bargain shop.
Friends have commented that she is “just like any other girl from London”.
But after a string of hits she is now worth £140million, despite not going on tour in two years, and spends most of her time at her £7million Los Angeles mansion, just down the road from J-Law, with her husband Simon Konecki and their son Angelo, six.
TV host Alan Carr recently remarked on how his pal Adele’s personality has not changed, adding: “She comes round and we have a cup of tea, a packet of Hobnobs, put the world to rights and watch Four In A Bed or Come Dine With Me. She’s the least showbizzy person I know.”
But what has changed is the singer’s look. Commentators note that Adele has lost at least 2st from her peak weight. She has done it by cutting out her 20 daily spoons of sugar, drinking less alcohol and following the Sirtfood Diet.
This replaces some meals with juices and focuses on plant-based ingredients such as apples, buckwheat, green tea and kale. Devotees claim it helps to keep a person looking young.
One upside is that followers can drink red wine and eat dark chocolate — but biscuits are definitely banned.
Adele has worked hard on her health and fitness since becoming a mum.
Her personal trainer, Pete Geracimo, has got her to combine weightlifting with cable machines and cardio to get her in top shape without losing her curves. Adele is also a fan of Pilates but says she would still rather go for lunch with her mates than exercise.
Talking of her fitness regime she said: “I mainly moan. I’m not like skipping to the f***ing gym. I don’t enjoy it.”
But the girl who once said “Smoking is my favourite thing to do in the world” has cut out most of her vices, quitting roll-ups using hypnotherapy.
On her night out with J-Law it was clear that Adele still likes a drink.
But she has cut back on boozing at home, and the habit of cracking through a bottle or two of wine a night while songwriting is a thing of the past.
In its place is an intensive beauty regime, including facials to improve her skin, and she also has intravenous vitamin boosts supplied by an LA clinic to give her immune system a lift.
Drinking water regularly, plus careful use of tinted moisturiser and foundation, has given Adele a healthy, peachy glow.
She has also become a fan of luxury jewellery and designer clothes. Three years ago she worried that her slimmer figure had set off a shopping addiction, saying: “Now I fit into normal, off-the-shelf clothes. It’s really a big problem for me — I like myself more than ever.”
In recent months she has been spotted with £1,200 Chanel bags, £600 Yves Saint Laurent trainers, £600 Louboutin heels and £475 Linda Farrow sunglasses, as well as £245 Chloe Lysbeth earrings and Van Cleef & Arpels Alhambra bracelets costing up to £4,000 each.
And this week she was spotted at a New York airport in £880 Gucci joggers.
The look may surprise fans who remember her once saying: “I want to have a real life so I can write records. No one wants to listen to a record from someone that’s lost touch with reality.”
But Adele’s tastes now mirror those of J-Law, who likes Dior dresses and attracted controversy for the plunging Versace gown she wore while promoting the movie Red Sparrow last year.
Critics said it was too revealing but Jennifer hit back: “I would have stood in the snow for that dress because I love fashion and that was my choice.”
One source said: “People change, and Adele is very happy with where her life is going. She has new friends and new inspirations and there is nothing wrong with that.
“If people have a problem with her dressing well and looking after her health, I really don’t know what to say to them.”
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