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“First of all, I’m not doing the Super Bowl,” Adele told the Staples Center crowd. “I mean, come on, that show is not about music. And I don’t really — I can’t dance or anything like that. They were very kind, they did ask me, but I said no.”
Earlier this month, British tabloid newspaper The Sun reported that the National Football League was eyeing Adele for next year’s halftime performance. “There is nobody bigger in the world than Adele right now and organizers are doing absolutely everything they can to try to persuade her to sign up,” an NFL source allegedly told The Sun.
On Sunday afternoon, the NFL and halftime show sponsor Pepsi responded to Adele’s comments in a joint statement denying that Adele had presented a formal offer to the singer: “The NFL and Pepsi are big fans of Adele. We have had conversations with several artists about the Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show. However, we have not at this point extended a formal offer to Adele or anyone else. We are focused on putting together a fantastic show for Houston and we look forward to revealing that in good time.”
Last October, the reclusive singer released her comeback hit “Hello.” She is currently on her sold-out world tour in support of her third studio effort 25, which spent 10 weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200.
Aug. 14, 5:09 p.m.: Added statement from NFL and Pepsi.
This article first appeared on Billboard.com.
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