Adele, beloved by millions around the world and winner of multiple Grammy Awards, took her soulful voice across the Atlantic Ocean to Las Vegas for her Weekends with Adele residency at The Colosseum in Caesar’s Palace. Fans were treated to a night of their favorite hits as well as an unexpected surprise – Adele’s shock confession! But that wasn’t all; audience members also received free t-shirts launched from a T-shirt cannon – making it one exciting evening no one will soon forget.

As Adele manned the T-shirt cannon, it was clear that her gait was hindered. She walked with a limp and people immediately noticed – causing the “Hello” singer to divulge her struggle with an illness impacting mobility.

“I have to waddle these days as I have really bad sciatica.”

Sciatica is an excruciatingly painful condition that affects millions of individuals around the world. According to The Mayo Clinic, sciatica occurs when the large sciatic nerve becomes compressed. This nerve stretches from your lower back, through your hips and buttocks, and all the way down into your legs–causing tremendous distress for those who suffer from this ailment.

The agony associated with sciatica can be quite extreme, ranging from mild uneasiness to a crippling burning sensation. Furthermore, the affected area will tend to feel numb and tingly in moments of heightened pain that are particularly difficult to manage.

Sciatica is typically caused by a herniated disk or bone pressing on the sciatic nerve. Some individuals can see their symptoms dissipate in weeks, while others are forced to live with this debilitating pain over extended periods of time – just like Adele has experienced.

Adele has a long history of sharing her struggles with physical pain. As recently as November 2021, she opened up to The Face and discussed the severe back pain that was keeping her from moving freely. She then went on to explain the measures she took in order to lessen the persistent symptoms and regain mobility again.

“I’ve been in pain with my back for, like, half of my life, really. It flares up, normally due to stress or from a stupid bit of posture.”

She continued, “I slipped my first disc when I was fifteen from sneezing. I was in bed, and I sneezed, and my fifth one flew out. In January, I slipped my sixth one, my L6. And then, where I had a C-section, my core was useless.”

Adele’s decision to shed a few pounds proved monumental for her health; the singer noticed that after losing weight, the crippling pain in her back had significantly decreased – it was a triumphant victory!

“Where I got my tummy strong, down at the bottom, which I never had before, my back doesn’t play up as much. It means I can do more. I can run around with my kid a little bit more.”