Celebrity reactions to major global events are common, and this week’s terrorist attack on Brussels is sure to be no exception. While it’s still early and authorities are still in the process of determining the full details of what happened, once people have had time to digest, you can expect Hollywood’s finest to comment and mourn, assuming they haven’t already on Twitter. However, one celeb—singer Adele—has taken the initiative and found a unique way to express her feelings on the subject, and she did so alongside thousands of fans. So how was it that Adele paid tribute to the victims of the terrorist attacks in Brussels? By doing what she does best, of course: singing!
On Tuesday, March 22, a series of bombings rocked the city of Brussels, the capital of Belgium. The explosions, the result of suicide bombers, occurred at an airport terminal, a subway station and close to the European Union headquarters, with 31 people being killed and over 270 wounded as of this writing. Terrorist group Islamic State has taken credit for the attacks, which are the second time in four months that Brussels has suffered due to terrorist threats and acts.
As with any global tragedy, an outpouring of love and support has appeared in the media. Ranging from well wishes on social media to large donations towards relief efforts for the victims, people are united in their grief and disgust towards terrorist acts and their thoughts and prayers towards those affected. So, it’s no surprise that Adele would take advantage of her ability to draw huge crowds to let her fans come together in solidarity.
During a concert yesterday in London—not even a full day after the attacks—the singer took to the stage and added something special to her usual concert set list to pay tribute to those hurt or lost. That something was the Bob Dylan song “Make You Feel My Love,” of which she first sang her own version for her 2008 debut album, 19. She also spoke about the incident during the concert, saying, “We’re all here for the same reason. I’m hoping you’ve all come to be entertained by me.” She also showed how upset she was about the attacks when she added, “I’m here to entertain you, so we’re all united, so that makes us much better than them f***ers. You’re on, you f***ers.”
She clearly got the desired response, as videos shot by audience members showed the massive amount of phones and lighters that the audience lit during the song to show support for the people of Brussels. And the gesture clearly wasn’t lost on Adele, who, after completing the song, said, “I don’t think I’ve ever actually been so moved before in my life at one of my shows, that was just so beautiful. . .Thank you very much for doing that…I think they heard us.”
For those who weren’t at the concert in person, you can watch Adele’s Brussels performance below. And if there’s anything you can do to help the Belgian people yourself—such as donate money or blood—please consider doing so!