I’ve realized I don’t have to do very much anymore but make music, because my fans do it all for me. They carry the message so far. Ever since they saw how much Born This Way could affect people, they wanted to do more and have that sort of space of kindness and compassion. I was acutely aware of some photos on the internet – my mum called me and was like, “Did you gain weight?” – everybody was telling me about it, and I didn’t really care. But when I heard it was on the news, where they talk about wars, the economy crashing and the election – I just thought, ‘This is f*cking ridiculous.’ I mean, what kind of example is that to a young girl sitting at home? I thought, well I don’t really care if they think I’m fat, because, quite honestly, I did gain about 30 pounds. Adele is bigger than me, how come nobody says anything about it? She’s so wonderful and I think her confidence is something I have to match. She has set the bar very high for a lot of women. I need to be a confident woman and just say politically active things when I can that are helpful to young people.
To be fair, people, including her fans, did talk about Adele’s weight but then they stopped caring because she didn’t get all butthurt and start a “Body Revolution” and post pictures of herself in her underwear. That’s like a jock calling someone a “fag” and the next day, the kid goes and starts an acting/poetry club. I’m not saying the kid deserves to have his head dunked in a toilet but doing that certainly isn’t going to help prevent it from happening.