I have been blogging long enough to recognize the dangers of lionizing a celebrity for their friendly-seeming public persona. The rise and fall of Jennifer Lawrence, the rise and fall and rise and fall again of Taylor Swift—all lessons in the way we put too much pressure on a person to live up to our expectations and then, even if they can manage to keep up, turn on them because we’re bored or their veneer starts to crack.

So keeping that in mind, I’ll say—cautiously and measuredly—that Adele is the most likable person in the world? (Dang, I guess I blew it.)

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Take Adele’s most recent Tonight Show interview. What are they talking about? I don’t know! I wasn’t really paying attention because I was too distracted by Adele’s warmth and charisma. What I do know is that she’s the first person in a loooong time who’s inspired me/given me the courage to watch a Jimmy Fallon clip to the end.

And despite her being a beautiful celebrity and one of the most talented singers working today, that friendliness, warmth, and relatability somehow manages to permeate everything she does.

Have you ever watched her Chatty Man interview?

Or this supercut of her saying “fank you”?

Or her episode of Never Mind the Buzzcocks?

“I really enjoy you now, Adele,” host Simon Amstell remarks. “You’ve turned into my Aunt Sybil.”

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We should all be so lucky to have an Aunt Sybil or an Adele in our lives—funny, outgoing, a little bit drunk, and with the golden pipes of an angel.

Fank you, Adele. Fank you.


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