Adele Turns Down Super Bowl Halftime Show
During a show in Los Angeles this weekend, Adele confirmed a report from UK publication The Sun stating that she had turned down an offer from the NFL to perform at the 2017 Super Bowl halftime show. According to the original report, the NFL were “doing absolutely everything they can to try to persuade her to sign up,” adding that Adele’s battles with stage fright were the main issue with her accepting the offer. However, Adele made it clear that her struggles with performing did not play into her decision to turn down the offer, saying, “I mean, come on, that show is not about music. And I don’t really — I can’t dance or anything like that. They were very kind, they did ask me, but I said no.” Check out video of the monologue below.
— A BOOGIE (@WAVYALEX) August 14, 2016
Adele’s North American tour continues through the fall.
UPDATE: The NFL and Pepsi have released a joint statement (via Billboard) claiming that they never offered Adele the halftime show:
“The NFL and Pepsi are big fans of Adele. We have had conversations with several artists about the Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show. However, we have not at this point extended a formal offer to Adele or anyone else. We are focused on putting together a fantastic show for Houston and we look forward to revealing that in good time.”