Adele Isn't 'Fat,' Says Designer Lagerfeld, Just a 'Little Roundish'

Image: Adele Isn't 'Fat,' Says Designer Lagerfeld, Just a 'Little Roundish' Singer Adele, left, and outspoken designer Karl Lagerfeld.

Wednesday, 05 Jun 2013 10:09 AM

By Alexandra Ward

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Outspoken Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld has denied ever calling British singer Adele "fat" while simultaneously taking credit for her weight loss.

Lagerfeld came under fire last year for criticizing Adele's weight.

"The thing at the moment is Adele," he told Metro in Feb. 2012. "She is a little too fat, but she has a beautiful face and a divine voice."

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Now, Lagerfeld, 79, is backpedaling, claiming that he never used the word "fat."

"I never said that she was fat, I said that she was a little roundish," he told CNN’s "Fashion: Backstage Pass." "A little roundish is not fat. But for such a beautiful girl, after that she lost eight kilos [17.6 pounds] so I think the message was not that bad."

Adele, 25, gave birth to her first child in October and opened up about her weight in a USA Today interview last November.

"I've always been a size 14-16 and been fine with it," said the British singer.

Lagerfeld isn’t the only one who has criticized Adele's weight. In April, Joan Rivers also threw a few barbs at the singer.

"She's a chubby lady who's very, very rich, and she should just calm down — or lose weight!" Rivers told HuffPost Live. "Adele is beautiful and successful. Let's face reality: she's fat!"

Adele was named "Best New Artist" and "Best Female Pop Vocal Performance" at the 2008 Grammy Awards. Four years later, she won six Grammys.

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This year, she won "Best Original Song" at the 2013 Academy Awards and at the Golden Globes for her song "Skyfall," the theme of the latest James Bond installment.

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