Adele provides update on her album during SNL hosting slot

Adele revealed her new album is not finished and joked about her weight loss during her Saturday Night Live hosting gig.

The chart-topping singer, 32, showed off her slimmer figure in an all-black outfit as she returned to the long-running sketch show for the first time since 2015, when she appeared as a musical guest.

In her opening monologue as host, Adele recalled her first SNL appearance in 2008, which she credits with helping her crack America.

And she revealed why she is only on hosting duties, with singer-songwriter H.E.R appearing as musical guest.

Adele said: "My album is not finished and I'm also too scared to do both. I would rather just put on some wigs – and this is all mine by the way – have a glass of wine or six and just see what happens."

And addressing her weight loss, Adele said: "And I know I look really, really different since you last saw me but actually, because of all the Covid restrictions and the travel bans, I had to travel light and only bring half of me – and this is the half I chose."

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Adele ha confermato di essersi separata dal marito Simon Konecki. La coppia ha un figlio di sei anni, Angelo. Ed è a lui che è dedicata la breve dichiarazione congiunta diffusa dai due e riportata da moltissime testata statunitensi e del Regno Unito: "Adele e il suo compagno si sono separati. Ma rimangono impegnati a crescere insieme il loro figlio con amore. Come sempre chiedono che venga rispettata la loro privacy. Non ci saranno ulteriori commenti sulla vicenda", recita il comunicato diffuso. Adele e Simon, 45 anni, hanno iniziato a frequentarsi nel 2011 e il 29 giugno del 2012 hanno rivelato di aspettare il loro primo figlio, nato il 19 ottobre successivo. I due si erano poi sposati in gran segreto nel 2016 ma l'ufficialità la cantante l'aveva data solo nel 2017 durante i Grammy Awards, quando parlò per la prima volta di Simon come del "marito".  "A mio marito e mio figlio, siete le uniche persone per cui lo faccio", aveva detto dal palco commossa Adele, ringraziando per i premi ricevuti. Nello stesso anno, durante un concerto a Melbourne, parlando della hit 'Someone Like You', dedicata proprio al neo marito, era tornata sull'argomento. "Stavo tentando di ricordare come mi sentivo all'inizio della relazione che ha ispirato questa canzone" aveva affermato. "Un feeling che quando lo avverti per la prima volta è il miglior feeling che ti possa capitare sulla Terra e da cui sono diventata dipendente. Ovviamente si tratta di un feeling che non potrò più provare di nuovo, visto che ora sono sposata", aveva aggiunto tra gli applausi e le grida del pubblico.  Da allora la star londinese ha sempre custodito gelosamente ogni particolare della sua vita privata e familiare, proteggendo dall'attenzione dei media il piccolo Angelo.
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The joke was met by cheers and applause from the audience inside Studio 8H.

Adele, speaking in her unmistakable London accent, joked about swearing when becoming nervous while on live TV, as the cameras cut to SNL star Kenan Thompson posing with a comically large swear jar filled with cash.

She also gave a "genuine, sincere thank you" to New York's frontline workers and said she did want to say anything too political on the eve of a presidential election.

The Hello singer, whose most recent album was the Grammy-winning 25 in 2015, appeared as a ghost in a sketch alongside Pete Davidson, while also appearing as herself in a skit of reality show The Bachelor.

Adele, who split from husband Simon Konecki last year, said she has had her fair share of heartbreak while breaking into some of her best-known songs.

She delighted the audience by belting out her 2011 ballad Someone Like You.

Adele later struggled to keep it together during a sketch featuring a skit of a tourism advert for visiting Africa.

She and McKinnon played "divorcees of a certain age," sharing an innuendo-filled list of what they love about the continent.

Closing SNL, Adele said "I know it was random" but she had "the time of my life." She added: "And don't forget to vote"

SNL opened with a sketch based on the final televised presidential debate, with Maya Rudolph as moderator Kristen Welker and Alec Baldwin and Jim Carrey reprising their roles as Donald Trump and Joe Biden respectively.

SNL cast member Kate McKinnon appeared as Mr Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, poking fun at the controversy over his appearance in the Borat sequel, which was released this week.

Comedian John Mulaney will host next week's SNL, with The Strokes appearing as musical guests.

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