Last time Oprah Winfrey sitting with the royal family, the aftershocks lasted for weeks. But she hopes to be the queen of the ballad dinner Adele gave an interview with Harry and Meghan-style dynamite as she sat down in one of Oprah’s wicker chairs for her highly anticipated TV show, she was quickly ruined. It was clear that Adele came in fifth, rather than pouring juice on her separation from charity CEO Simon Konecki, her weight loss or fight for fame.
And so if Adele: Just one night was a treat for fans of fear of a hair dryer as the interrogation took over perfectly. In a two-hour special program aired on the U.S. CBS network, Adele’s concert was filmed in October at the famous Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles. The live component was an opportunity for Adele to do what only she can do – out of anxiety, heartbeat and suspicion of drowning her troubles in a little too much wine, weaving pop gold. (The CBS show is followed by ITV’s one-off, Audience with Adele, which airs on Sunday, Nov. 21.)
These recordings were exquisite, with a picturesque sunset in Los Angeles that provided a stark contrast to the grief that emerges through songs from Adele’s new album 30 (you probably haven’t heard yet, but it apparently came out later this week). She was watched by a select audience of some of the world’s biggest stars, along with Gordon Ramsay. It was also a sweet, albeit slightly twisted, moment in which Adele surprised a woman who had been brought to the Observatory to ask her boyfriend (ironically given that Adele mostly sang about divorce and the death of love).
Adele was more tight back on Oprah’s wicker couch. If she had studied Megan Markle’s narration with Winfrey, she had obviously learned that she should be careful not to exaggerate and trigger a constitutional crisis.
“I sat in my feelings for a long time,” Adele replied when Oprah asked her if 30 was officially her “divorce” record. And although Adele still spoke as someone who grew up in Lambeth, her years in California were clearly influential. When Oprah brought this topic back to the decision to leave Konecki, Adele turned to the juice bar philosophy and described life after the divorce as a “process”.