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Adele Ignites Controversy After Declaring She 'Loves Being A Woman' While Accepting Gender-Neutral Brit Award

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Feb. 9 2022, Published 1:53 p.m. ET

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Adele has landed herself in hot water.

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The 33-year-old songstress is catching heat for a comment she made during her acceptance speech at the Brit awards on Tuesday, February 8.

Adele gave a speech on stage at the O2 Arena in London while receiving the award for Artist of the Year, which was a new category to replace the Best Male and Best Female Artist awards in the interest of creating a gender-neutral space for viewers and nominees.

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Despite accepting the award that was intended to ditch the gender binary, the blonde bombshell proudly declared her love for "being a woman," while addressing the crowd for her win.

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"I understand why the name of this award has changed but I really love being a woman and being a female artist. I do!" she said to the audience members, who reportedly began cheering, per Page Six. "I'm proud of us, I really, really am."

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But despite the love from the audience on Tuesday night, videos of Adele's acceptance speech began circulating online, causing an avalanche of social media users to call her out for her comments, including one person who accused her of being a "TERF" or a "trans-exclusionary radical feminist."

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In response to a post from Gay Times on Instagram, one user claimed that the singer's statement was "unnecessary," while another noted that it was a "weird time to bring that up," considering the award was specifically focusing on gender neutrality.

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However, plenty of loyal fans weren't afraid to show their support for the "Easy on Me" singer, pointing out that Adele was simply trying to celebrate her accomplishments as a successful woman in an industry where women are often marginalized.

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One commenter wrote that Adele's comments were "valid," as "making it as a woman in the music industry is an achievement," that she should be proud of.

"You can't just erase history when changing the name of an award category. This doesn't mean she is exclusiding anyone and definitely not the trans community. She is hinting at the industry's past concerning non male artists. That's what this was about. This would also include trans women," another user commented on the post.

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