Adele Reynolds is back in the spotlight: the singer, a Washington native, is on her 11th appearance on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” and second in a week, as part of the 11th-season finale scheduled to air Friday. This time she appears to be candid — talking about everything from her “pre-baby weight” (“my problem, was pregnancy. I didn’t really want to lose the baby weight.”) to her painful divorce from her husband, Simon Konecki, who fathered the couple’s two sons. Her explanation for the divorce is a rough bead of sweat over an issue that seems increasingly topical: the fact that she separated from her husband after he fathered another child.
“The way I was as a wife was extremely selfish,” Reynolds says, “and he was incredibly caring. It didn’t click for me that I could work that way. I have my flaws as a wife. I’m selfish. I’m not fully in my heart.”
When Winfrey asks her: “Is that not kind of the opposite of the feminist movement?” she responds: “If I can do it, then you can do it, too.” The interview, by the way, was taped months ago. (“He’s a very good dad,” she tells Winfrey. “But the divorce is very complicated.”) Winfrey and Reynolds also touch on a brief engagement to former NFL wide receiver Chad Johnson (who has since been kicked out of the league for head-butting his wife, Evelyn Lozada) and on the ups and downs of Adele’s weight loss, which she writes about in her book, “The Life I Want.”
The full interview can be seen on Oprah.com Friday night.