Adele is skirting controversy, again, by the simple expedient of an acceptance speech at the 2022 BRIT awards.

This was the first time the BRIT awards were gender-neutral, so both male and female artists vied for the same trophies.

Adele beat Ed Sheeran to get the coveted “Artist of the Year” award and made an acceptance speech.

In it, she said, “I understand why the name of this award has changed but I really love being a woman and being a female artist.”

For some on social media, this was a triggering statement, as they claimed it reeked of transphobia.

One Twitter used accused Adele of sounding like a TERF, as in a trans-exclusionary radical feminist, on the lines of JK Rowling.

Others even claimed they were losing respect for Adele, as a woman, and as a music artist.

But plenty of fans stood up for the 33-year-old singer, saying that loving the fact she was a woman was not transphobic at all but factual.

One Adele fan, and a trans-woman even wrote, “there is no reason why a cisgender woman being proud of her identity, interferes negatively with me, a trans woman.”