Why's Adele hiding in a box? Singer takes secret transport through crowd to tour stages
She may be one of the biggest pop artists of the decade, but Adele's journey to the stage on her current tour is anything but glamorous.
As the 28-year-old singer performs in Australia, fans have puzzled over how she gets to the stage, which is set up in the centre of each arena, without being noticed.
With no underground tunnels, and a Gaga-style descent from the roof just a bit off-brand for Adele, she's instead reportedly taking an unusual, claustrophobic and very sweaty mode of transport to her starting point below the stage.
A source involved in the tour told The Sun the star crams herself into a black box, which is wheeled past the crowd by crew members before each performance.
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Audience members simply assume it's a piece of equipment for the show, the source said.
Inside the box, the singer entertains herself with an iPad during its journey across the floor, which takes "several minutes".
The source said staff at some venues had already revealed the secret to fans, while others had worked it out for themselves, because Adele's bodyguard always accompanied the box as it was wheeled from her dressing room to the stage.
"It is a very sweaty and unglamorous part of the show for Adele to get through but she's down to earth and jokes about it."
Adele had previously hinted at a hilarious story behind her arrival on stage, suggesting she planned to reveal it once the tour was over.
"How I get from to this stage makes me so sweaty, I'm drenched," she told fans.
"I can't tell you til the end - you'll laugh when you find out."
It's not yet clear whether Adele will also travel by box at her sold-out New Zealand shows at Auckland's Mt Smart Stadium on March 23, 25 and 26.