Adele has dropped her strongest hints yet that she may never tour again at the first of her four record-breaking Wembley stadium gigs.
In a hand-written note that was re-produced as part of the event programme, the singer signalled that she was looking forward to her time on the road coming to an ‘end.’
‘So this is it. After 15 months on the road and 18 months of 25 we are at the end,’ she wrote.
‘Touring is a peculiar thing, it doesn’t suit me particularly well. I’m a real homebody and I get so much joy in the small things. Plus, I’m dramatic and have a terrible history of touring. Until now that is!’
‘I’ve done 119 shows and these last four will take me up to 123, it has been hard but an absolute thrill and pleasure.’
‘I only ever did this tour for you and to hopefully have an impact on you the way that some of my favourite artists have had on me live.’
‘And I wanted my final shows to be in London because I don’t know if I’ll ever tour again and so I want my last time to be at home.’
Speaking to the 98,000-strong crowd, Adele told of her excitement to return to normal life after the shows, announcing in her inimitable style, that ‘today is the beginning of the end because I only have four shows left. Don’t you f—king boo me!’
‘As of Monday morning I am solely a mum. That’s all I’m going to be doing. And I can’t f—king wait. I’m so excited,’ she said, after joking that she was looking forward to nights of ‘takeaways and white wine.’
Despite her reticence to return to touring, she confirmed ‘I will always write music and I will always put it out. And I hope that you’re always here.’
‘I might never see you again at a live show, but I’ll remember this for the rest of my life.’