By Megan Lasher
May 5, 2016

Adele may be famous for songs about love and heartbreak, but her real message has always been about loving yourself—the “Hello” singer has been body-positive since day one. So today, in honor of her 28th birthday, here are nine times Adele spread her message of self-love.

“I’ve never wanted to look like models on the cover of magazines. I represent the majority of women, and I’m very proud of that.” —via PEOPLE

“I have insecurities, of course, but I don’t hang out with anyone who points them out to me.” —via Vogue

“I’ve never had a problem with how I look. I’d rather have lunch with friends than go to the gym.” —via the Daily Mail

“I think I remind everyone of themselves. Not saying everyone is my size, but it’s relatable because I’m not perfect, and I think a lot of people are portrayed as perfect, unreachable and untouchable.” —via Rolling Stone

“The first thing to do is be happy with yourself and appreciate your body—only then should you try to change things about yourself.” —via 60 Minutes

“I’m really happy to be me, and I’d like to think people like me more because I’m happy with myself and not because I refuse to conform to anything.” —via her biography, Adele, by Chas Newkey-Burden.

“It’s important so you stay in touch with yourself. If you lose touch with yourself, no one’s going to want to talk to you or listen to anything you’re f—ing doing. They’ll just point at you and laugh. At you, not with you.” —via TIME

“I have never been insecure, ever, about how I look, about what I want to do with myself. My mum told me to only ever do things for myself, not for others.” —via her biography, Adele, by Chas Newkey-Burden

“I enjoy being me; I always have done. I’ve seen people where it rules their lives, you know, who want to be thinner or have bigger boobs, and how it wears them down. And I don’t want that in my life.” —via Vogue

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