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Adele Admits to Suffering From Stage Fright and Anxiety: How Does She Deal With it?

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By Clarissa Wilson

A lot of musicians admit to having a little bit of stage fright and anxiety right before a performance begins. However, they also say that many times, the anxiety and stage fright goes away once they get on stage and start performing.

Although this may be the case for many artists, this isn't the same for the internationally-renowned singer, Adele. In fact, the singer revealed that she gets stage fright and anxiety attacks before and even during performances.

She said, "I have anxiety attacks, constant panicking on stage, my heart feels like it’s going to explode because I never feel like I’m going to deliver, ever."

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She has a few stories to talk about when it comes to suffering from panic attacks and stage fright. In fact, she told Rolling Stone, "One show in Amsterdam, I was so nervous I escaped out the fire exit. I’ve thrown up a couple of times. Once in Brussels, I projectile-vomited on someone.”

How does she deal with this problem though? She talks about how she has learned a few tips and tricks along the way to combat this fear of hers.

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She also told Rolling Stone that she tells herself that it will be fine since "nothing’s ever gone horrifically wrong.” She also tells jokes and talks a lot to keep the mood light.

However, the biggest trick she uses is to channel her alter ego, the personality she calls, Sasha Carter. Beyonce's alter ego is a combination of the alter ego Beyonce uses, who she calls, Sasha Fierce, and the singer, June Carter.

She created this alter ego after meeting Beyonce and Beyonce complimented her on her singing.

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The first time Adele channeled this alter ego for help with her anxiety and stage fright was after she met Beyonce and she was outside crying on a balcony. She asked herself "what would Sasha Fierce do?" She said this was the moment Sasha Carter was born.

This trick has allowed her to get through both world tours in 2016 and in 2017. She says these were the greatest accomplishments of her career. Both world tours had more than one show sold-out.

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Although this may be the case, that she has found ways to get through her anxiety and stage fright, she says she still has problems with getting on stage and performing. In fact, she admits that, because of this, touring is not really her thing. Playing at festivals isn't either.

During one of her last shows at her last tour, she told the audience, "Touring isn’t something I’m good at. Applause makes me feel a bit vulnerable. I don’t know if I will ever tour again. The only reason I’ve toured is you. I’m not sure if touring is my bag.”

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She hasn't made any new albums since 2016 and it will most likely be a long time before any of her fans will get to see her perform on stage.

However, she is working on her new album and has been since 2018. According to reports, the title of the new album will be titled 30. She turned 31 years old last year, and she said, "30 tried me so hard but I’m owning it and trying my hardest to lean into it all.”

According to Adele, the new album will be released in September 2020.

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