In case you hadn’t heard the newest in celebrity uterus news, Grammy-winner Adele has what is sure to be an adorable little bun in the oven. In a post on her website, Adele just announced that she’s expecting her first child with boyfried Simon Konecki. The short statement read:
Im delighted to announce that Simon and I are expecting our first child together. I wanted you to hear the news direct from me, obviously we’re over the moon and very excited but please respect our privacy at this precious time. Yours always, Adele xx
Obviously, our first reaction was to do a little dance for the down-to-earth superstar. She told everyone back in February that she was considering taking time off work to concentrate on her family life. It’s nice to hear that things are going well for the couple.
Unfortunately, the second thought that came to mind was just how the media would start to cover Adele’s pregnancy. Should we be getting ready for more Karl Lagerfeld-ish nonsense? Even though Adele handled the fashion god’s assinine comments with grace, it was sad to see the whole controversy happen at all. Who will be the first snarky blogger to comment that you ca barely tell Adele is pregnant? That type of snide critique is always popular when a woman who isn’t a size zero gets pregnant.
There will be one interesting point of comparison to make between Adele’s pregnancy and that of another woman whose famous for weight issues. We’ve seen plenty of shaming and “baby weight” talk swarming around Jessica Simpson ever since she announced her pregnancy in 2008. (It feels like it was that long ago, doesn’t it?) I’m wondering if Adele’s low-key approach to publicity and branding will save her from a lot of shaming that Simpson had to endure.
We’ll just have to sit back and watch the media circus unfold. But one thing is for sure, Adele’s amazing body confidence could bring a lot of interesting and intelligent discussion to the pregnancy weight conversation. Hopefully our fears are unfounded and people will approach this exciting news for Adele and Simon with respect and thoughtfulness. (What can I say? We’re in a “glass half full” kind of mood. Babies always make us that way.)
No matter what, congratulations Adele! We can’t wait to hear the amazing lullabies you’re sure to come out with any day now.