ADELE is facing claims of "cultural appropriation" for wearing her hair in bantu knots while in a Jamaican bikini.
The 32-year-old singer was accused of causing offence by paying tribute to Notting Hill Carnival in a snap on Instagram.
Adele was showing off her stunning seven stone weight loss when she sparked outrage with the snap.
One follower wrote "Unfollowing tonight. Please note that I’m from London. While it may appear cute to some, to show this type of appreciation, it’s not.
"Many Black and Latina ladies have been denied/fired from jobs and young children sent home from school with hairstyles like this. This has happened in the UK, the US and other countries abroad. I’m not a fan."
Another added: "Caribbean’s need to come to America/ Canada to see how they really treat us over here before saying that we’re only tripping over a hairstyle!!
"They wouldn’t even hire us or yet alone look at us if we came in with our hair looking like that , that’s the problem … they hate all of us but will put up a front on vacay tho."
Someone else said: "No sis…. we love you but don’t appropriate people’s culture."
Another upset fan wrote: "Black hairstyles are not for white people to steal during festival season or ever!"
There were tens of thousands of comments from followers who were furious at the star.
Despite the backlash, some fans rushed to Adele's defence calling it cultural "appreciation" instead.
One wrote: "If you see this Adele, just know that not a single Jamaican or any other TRUE Caribbean is offended. Especially not during a carnival. Live your best life beauty! TUN UP! And Big up yuhself yes!!!"
Another added: "Some of you need to learn the difference between cultural appreciation and cultural appropriation. We honestly have bigger fish to fry as a community."
Cultural appropriation is when someone from one culture adopts elements of another.
Notting Hill Carnival is one of London's most popular annual events and would have taken place this weekend had the coronavirus pandemic not struck.
Its origins date back to the 60s when it first took place to celebrate Caribbean culture.
Some fans were concerned Adele had been "insensitive" by wearing her hair in bantu knots – a hairstyle associated with people of African descent.
The colourful snap divided fans, which saw Adele celebrate her festival vibe with a yellow feather headdress and high-waisted leggings.
She captioned the photo: "Happy what would be Notting Hill Carnival my beloved London."
Adele's bikini snap showed off her toned tummy following her huge weight loss.
Sherecently credited Glennon Doyle's self-help book Untamed: Stop pleasing, Start Living for stopping her from being "stressed and dishevelled".
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