Adele celebrated her 30th birthday with a boozy, ‘Titanic’-themed party


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Did you know that Adele was born on Cinco de Mayo? It’s true! I didn’t know that. Adele celebrated her 30th birthday this weekend and apparently she really went all-out. She threw herself an absolutely enormous Titanic-themed birthday party. She cast herself as Rose, complete with a vintage-looking costume and an antique-looking life vest, as you can see in the Instagram photos she posted (it’s a slideshow, above). I spy Sam Taylor Johnson dancing along with Adele. Did everyone wear life vests? Did everyone have to rent their own Edwardian costumes? Adele posted the photos with this message:

Dirty 30! I’m not sure what I’m going to do for the next 30 years as I’ve been blessed beyond words in my life so far. Thank you to everyone for coming along for the ride the last 11 years with me. My family and friends for entertaining my super fandom of the Titanic movie. Last night was the best night of my life. Here’s a couple pics. I’m absolutely f–ked, not sure I’ll make it out the house again!

Ps Childish Gambino how the hell do you have time to offer us so much greatness on so many platforms. I adore you x

[From Adele’s Instagram]

There are some sites – I won’t say which ones – claiming that some people are offended by Adele using a “Titanic theme.” To be clear, I think the theme was for the movie, not the actual historical event. She was dressed like Rose, a fictional character. But even if she did a theme based on a historic disaster which claimed the lives of 1503 people, I still wouldn’t be offended, really. This isn’t “too soon.” The Titanic disaster happened more than a century ago!! *quietly makes plans for a Hindenberg-themed birthday party*

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  1. savu says:

    God, she’s only 30! That makes me want to crawl into a hole and be depressed (and listen to Adele).

    My stepmom adopted me when I was 16 and music is something we’ve always bonded over, especially Adele’s. Seeing her was on our mother-daughter bucket list. We saw her in concert in 2016 and bawled our eyes out, it was that great and meaningful.

    And I love her shout-out to Donald Glover, I’m still reeling from the This Is America video. Just wow.

  2. Your Mom says:

    I don’t care how long ago it was or if it was about the movie. It’s still in poor taste.

  3. Rose says:

    Can only imagine the comments if Taylor did this, not that it’s offensive but I’m sure people would say it was if she did it .
    And isn’t Childish Gambino a total ass who’s said awful things ?

  4. Cher says:

    I hope she enjoyed every minute of her party. People, please.

  5. perplexed says:

    I think she was probably inspired by the clothes from that era (as depicted in the movie), not the boat hitting the iceberg. Wouldn’t be surprised if she loves “My Heart Will Go on” too. She was 10 or so when that song came out, and everybody loves songs from that era of their childhood.

    • Snazzy says:

      Exactly. Just the fashion and grandeur of the movie. I have zero issue with this, and hope one day I am rich enough to throw a crazy themed birthday party. Although I’m such a loser it would be a Harry Potter themed birthday party.

  6. Erinn says:

    I find it such a random theme, but I guess it’s fun to dress up in costumes from that time.

    People freaked out over Rob Lowe wanting to be called the “Halifax Explosion” in the new Super Troopers. It happened over 100 years ago. I remember hating whenever we did the section on it in school (I’m in NS) because I was so bored doing the same history over and over. It was incredibly sad, and it was a horrible event that’s left a permanent mark on Halifax. It’s actually why NS ships a Christmas tree to Boston every year – because of the help they gave. People were LIVID over it though – and I have mixed feelings. It was a horrible tragedy, but it was also 100 years ago. It wasn’t like he was out there saying “oh those stupid idiots in Halifax – they had it coming”. But people are very sensitive to such awful events (which is fair) I just personally wasn’t offended. I also haven’t lived in Halifax, so I guess it’s a bit more displaced for me.

  7. K says:

    The “fancy dress” life saving vests are a bit much…

  8. jimmy says:

    Some folks are just waiting to be offended.

  9. KeWest says:

    It’s still in poor taste.

    Image 100 years from now Holocault parties or present day weddings at plantations…….

  10. ChillyWilly says:

    Where was this party? That staircase looks so much like the movie! Looks like a fun time! Adele seems like a blast to hang out with and she is so gorgeous. Wish the pics were color…was her hair red like Rose?

  11. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    I’m trying to think of themed parties I’d be offended by. I’ve done monsters, zombies, vampires, black and white, toga and/or ancient Greek, 20s, 50s, 60, 70s, 80s, Victorian, Renaissance… We dress up as dead people all the time, from cavemen to present, notable lives are revisited whether they were heroic or murderous scoundrels or something between. And I’m game for anything when it comes to costumes because they’re costumes. But I’m not the pearl-clutching type or a nosey Nellie. Having said that, lol, I’ve never attended a disaster-themed party. Apocolyptic yes, but not a historical disaster. And disaster flicks are some of my favorites.

    The sinking of the Lucitania started WWI just a few years later, so for that span of time, emotions were heavy. I think Titanic carried a bit of mysticism until aficionado Cameron put it on screen for the masses by way of a romance. Which, of course, many scenes have been comedic fodder since. I find her being Rose from the movie Titanic less offensive than simply a Titanic party. Not being didactic, just evaluating why I’m not offended lol. When you look at lists of historical tragedies, there’s nothing to celebrate. From not one event would I create a party theme. Wars, genocides, massacres, revolutions, uprisings, explosions, plagues, pandemics, famines, slave trades, floods, tsunamis, earthquakes, volcanos, hurricanes, tornados, fires, avalanches….it’s just not party material.

  12. kk2 says:

    I don’t think it’s offensive, just kind of weird. Doesn’t seem like a festive theme to me- your birthday party is themed after a huge boating tragedy. yay? happy 30? Just kind of odd. Whats the theme for 31? the plague? jonestown? But I was never super into the movie either. I thought it was schmaltzy sentimental crap, like even at the age of 13 I found James Cameron to be about a subtle as a sledgehammer. Maybe if you are a movie super fan, it makes sense. I’ll try very hard not to be judge-y about that, despite my feelings about the movie. Different strokes for different folks, as they say.

  13. Chisey says:

    Honestly, I think the Titanic has been made ‘fun’ in general in a way that other disasters have not – maybe because of the movie, maybe because of the opulence of some of the passengers. Some years ago I went to a traveling museum exhibit about the Titanic, and it was amazing, but I don’t think a similar event about any other tragedy would work. There were people dressed up like the shipbuilder or a passenger answering questions. When you entered the exhibit you got a “boarding pass” telling you the name of someone on the ship and basic info about them, and at the end there was a list of those killed and those who survived so you could check and see whether “you” (meaning the person on your boarding pass) survived. You could buy replica dishes in the gift shop. I can’t imagine any other historical tragedy getting this treatment (enter a concentration camp exhibit and get assigned a prisoner number to see if you survive? Nope nope nope not ok at all). So I wouldn’t put the glamorization of the Titanic on Adele – it’s just part of the culture at this point. Condemn it if you want, but I wouldn’t put it at Adele’s feet.

  14. Valerie says:

    If people were wearing life vests and dancing around with ice in their hair, as it has been reported, then yes, that’s offensive.

  15. IsaidwhatIsaid says:

    I see people comparing this to a Holocaust party in terms of being offensive. Come on. The Holocaust was a mass genocide. This party is based on a movie that is based on a fictitious love story that takes place on a ship that sunk accidentally over 100 years ago. The actual party looks like a recreation of the third class party scene. Not people drowning to death. Wish I had received an invite. Looks like fun!

  16. Naddie says:

    The only thing that is offending me is how random and old fashioned the theme is. Anyway, long life to Adele, both literally and professionally.

  17. DP says:

    She looks great, BUT should have just gone as Rose for a Halloween costume sometime.
    A whole titanic themed party is tasteless. It was a horrible tragedy.
    The photo with them dancing in life preservers is what went too far for me.
    Think about it… would it ever be ok to do a 9-11, Twin Tower themed party?! Never. Not even in 100 years. Not even if they make a romantic movie about it.

  18. Shannon says:

    LOL how could someone be offended at this and not the actual movie? It happened more than 100 years ago (the disaster, not the movie lol). No, this definitely isn’t a ‘too soon’ it’s just an awesome-looking movie-themed party. Happy birthday Adele!

  19. unicornalleycat says:

    if adele is 30, im a newborn