Adele certainly knows how to kickstart a tour. Just over one month into her first set of shows in five years, the lovable Brit has already spurred a slew of headline-making moments amid her massive, 105-date world trek in support of her 2015 smash album 25. From touching surprises to twerking fails, here are the highlights thus far.
Surprising a terminally ill fan at home
I am so blessed and thankful that Adele came to my home today pic.twitter.com/BfY2SDDVwF
— Tracy Gibney (@tracygibney) March 1, 2016
When Tracey Gibney learned Adele would be stopping by Belfast’s SSE Arena on tour, she started a social media campaign to convince the star to send a message to her daughter, a terminally ill 12-year-old named Rebecca who is blind and suffers from both cerebral palsy and epilepsy. Adele upped the ante by showing up at their home for a super sweet surprise visit. “My daughter got to meet the person that she loved and that’s what I’ll always take with me for the rest of my life…. She was really lovely,” Gibney told The Belfast Telegraph.
Empowering young girls on International Women’s Day
Adele had some wise words for young girls when she played the UK’s Manchester Arena. In honor of International Women’s Day, the pop phenom fired off on life, motherhood, and feminism. “I love myself more than ever…and that’s something that comes with age,” she said. “You don’t realize just how important it is to have female friends…For every girl, anything you’re feeling, another girl has gone through that. No matter what. That’s why you need to rally around each other…You need to cherish them.”
Shouting out musicians she loves
Bro I’m just chilling then Adele just said this songs dedicated to me then sang “Make you feel my love” I’m dead pic.twitter.com/fERy63nUAL
— #MERKY (@Stormzy1) April 4, 2016
Since rocketing to fame with the record-breaking 21 in 2011, Adele has drawn worldwide acclaim for her unparalleled vocal prowess. Five years later, the singer isn’t one to forget the challenging climb toward the spotlight, and she’s co-signed a couple rising artists whilst on tour in hopes of throwing them some buzz. She dedicated a London rendition of “Make You Feel My Love” to British grime rapper Stormzy, and shouted out Ugandan soul singer Michael Kiwanuka on Twitter.
Inviting a mega-talented fan with autisim to sing
After spotting a sign that read, “It’s my dream to sing with Adele,” in her Manchester Arena audience, Adele waved its maker onstage for a stunning rendition of “Someone Like You.” The girl, a 12-year-old named Emily Tammam who has autism, matched the pop star’s powerhouse belt with impressive skill, sending the house into eruptive applause.
Celebrating a couple’s mid-concert engagement
Midway through her mesmerizing ballad “Make You Feel My Love,” Adele caught sight of a commotion in the crowd of her London show. Though at first she thought it was a fight, the singer soon realized it was a couple getting engaged and promptly asked them up to the stage for an impromptu celebration. The bride-to-be explained she’d been with her beau for over 12 years, and “Make You Feel My Love” was their song. “That was one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever witnessed at one of my shows,” Adele said.
Persuading an Irish fan to propose
In Ireland, it’s a Leap Day tradition for women to propose to men on February 29. Adele happened to be performing at Belfast’s SSE Arena on the special occasion, and she was on a stubborn hunt for a female fan willing to pop the question. After singing a quick “Happy Birthday” for someone celebrating their 21st, Adele finally snagged a wannabe bride up for the job. The woman explained she’d actually proposed earlier in the day, but her boyfriend said “Maybe in a little while,” and Adele urged the crowd into a persuasive “Come on” chant in the hopes of scoring her a “proper yes.”
Adele may have many talents, but twerking is not her strong suit. That didn’t stop the singer from busting out the move at one of her London shows. “I think I just twerked!” she exclaimed before adorably attempting her best booty shake.
Tearing up as her son watched her live for the first time
for all the adele fandom people who are retweeting me, she’s crying a little bit pic.twitter.com/hCSzQin6Pv
— olivia (@lostlivvy) March 16, 2016
During her six-night stint at London’s O2 Arena, Adele’s three-year-old Angelo had the chance to see his mom in concert for the first time ever. The 27-year-old held back tears while singing “Someone Like You” to her son, turning the mic toward her fans as she composed herself. “I love you so much, peanut,” she told him on stage.
Pausing to honor Brussels after the March 22 terrorist attacks
On the final night of her London residency, Adele took a moment to pay tribute to Brussels following the Belgian city’s terrorist attacks earlier that day. “This is ‘Make You Feel My Love,’ and this is for Brussels,” she said after asking the audience to light up the O2 arena with their phones. The ensuing scene was beautiful.
Bringing a viral Irish duo onstage for a surprise cameo
Irish singers Ronan Scolard and Glenn Murphy launched to viral success with their one-take medley of Adele’s greatest hits. When Adele played their hometown of Dublin, she couldn’t resist bringing them onstage for a surprise performance. The moment undoubtedly scored them even more exposure.
Hitting back against breastfeeding pressure
While on stage at another London show, Adele spoke out about the pressure placed upon women to breast feed their newborns. “It’s f—ing ridiculous, and all those people who put pressure on us, you can go f— yourselves, all right?” she said. “Because it’s hard. Some of us can’t do it. I managed about nine weeks with my boobs.”
Posing with her doppelgänger for a selfie
— TomsMarathons2016 (@TomWinkler06) March 29, 2016
Never one to miss out on a quick snap, Adele posed with a fan that bore an uncanny resemblance to the singer. The woman’s fiancé later shared the shot on Twitter, writing, “Adele made my fiancés day, month, year! Thank you for the massive amount of brownie points!”
Braving through technical snafus
While performing “All I Ask” at a Birmingham set, the sound cut out mid-song. It’s clear Adele didn’t notice the mishap, but her incredible audience immediately jumped in to fill the silence. “The sound went off? The PA f—ing cut off?” she shouted, laughing afterward. “So you guys had a private concert down in the front.”
Sharing the stage with a young fan
Adele made one lucky concertgoer’s night when she brought her onstage for a quick chat. Turns out, it was the young girl’s first concert, and Adele’s kind gesture brought her to tears.