Adele Kicks Off World Tour Amidst Stage Struggles
The site has reported that sources close to the British singer/songwriter have confirmed that a therapist will be beside the 10-time Grammy Award winner for the whole of her upcoming nine-month tour to help her cope with and overcome her anxiety of flying and on-going struggle with stage fright.
Adele has been known to suffer from on-stage anxiety throughout her successful career, and was most recently criticized for botching her performance at this year’s Grammy Awards which has brought the issue center stage just weeks before her 105-show world tour.
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The 25 singer recently blamed the Grammy mishap on a piano mic that fell on the instrument’s strings causing a sound similar to that of an out-of-tune guitar and resulting in her sounding off-key throughout the performance.
Adele also admitted on the Ellen Degeneres show on February 18 that she spent the following day crying over her “embarrassing” Grammy performance, but has since been able to put the incident behind her while focusing on her upcoming tour.
And Despite the flawed Grammy performance, Adele’s most recent album, 25, hit its tenth week at number one on the Billboard top 200 this week. The album sold 3.38 million copies in its first week of release( making it the largest single-week sales for an album) and eventually became the best-selling album of 2015 in the U.S. and the U.K. market.
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A source in Adele’s camp spoke on her recent struggles on stage with The Daily Star on Sunday.
“Adele may be the biggest star in the world right now but she has always been open about suffering stage fright and the problem at the Grammy’s hasn’t helped. As with many parents, her anxiety has increased since having a child and it’s something she is constantly battling.
“The more success she has the more anxious she gets – like she’s frightened she won’t live up to the hype.
“She loves her work but from an emotional aspect, the thought of spending nine months battling nerves while touring, coupled with her fear of flying, is not something she is jumping with joy at, so she’s putting plans in place to beat the demons.”
“The coach will be on stand-by constantly as a go-to person to talk to her and teach her coping mechanisms and techniques to stop the panic before it stops her,” the source stated.
Adele’s 3-year-old son, Angelo, will also be with her throughout the tour, and the singer has acknowledged that his presence plays a large part in her ability to stay grounded during the recent success of her new album, 25.
The fact that her longtime partner (and sons father), Simon Konecki, has also acknowledged that he will be stopping by to support his lady on tour highlights the large role Adele’s family has on her success and ability to sustain life on the road.
Adele’s world tour, Adele Live 2016, kicks off this week in Belfast Northern Ireland and will continue throughout Europe and North America before concluding on November 15 in Mexico City, Mexico at Palacio de los Deportes.
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