Adele‘s mega-money residency in Las Vegas started triumphantly on Friday night – but behind the scenes there has been drama, with the singer shunning a luxury suite at a hotel owned by Caesars Palace, where the show is being staged.
The iconic Vegas mainstay offered swanky accommodation at the Palazzo Suites at the Rio Casino as part of her deal to sing at the Caesars Palace Colosseum for a reported $1 million a night.
The suite was said to be a luxury lodging, with a butler thrown in and the plan was for Adele to spend weekends holed up there with son Angelo and boyfriend Rich Paul between now and March.
Adele is rumored to have wanted accommodation at the Augustus Tower at the Caesars Palace complex (tower pictured in foreground with red Caesars Palace sign)
Adele was offered lodgings at the Palazzo Suites at the Rio, part of Caesars Palace, but is said to have refused it
However, it can be revealed that the $192million singer is instead living in a bungalow on a golf course at the rival Wynn resort just down the road.
The two bedroomed Fairway Villa costs $3,883 a night and is a 3,224 sq ft room, which includes an 80 inch TV, dining area with a bar, two marble bathrooms and twice daily housekeeping.
Staying there probably gives her increased privacy, as the villas are approached via their own private drive.
A convoy of cars used by the singer were seen heading from Caesars Palace to the Wynn on Saturday after the concert.
A local source said: ‘It’s not clear what caused the move, but obviously it is unusual for Adele not to be staying at Caesars and locally gossip has been spreading.
She is now said to have opted for the Fairway Villas at the Wynn Las Vegas, which sit on that property’s golf course. The Wynn wanted to lure Adele to perform her residency at their hotel, with her alleged decision to stay there reportedly seen as a coup
Adele’s bust up with Caesars top brass only comes a day after she debuted in her ‘Weekends with Adele’ residency at The Colosseum (pictured)
‘Vegas is well used to divas, and I am sure that the feeling is that whatever makes her feel comfortable is OK, but this is embarrassing for Caesars.’
Another source claimed that Adele had a ‘hissy fit’ after being offered a room in the Palazzo Villas at the Rio, which is an all-suite hotel and casino across from Caesars, when she had expected to be housed in the Augustus Tower.
Both hotel groups have been approached for comment but have not yet responded to DailyMail.com.
Adele has been in Vegas for nearly two weeks going through technical rehearsals for her show, Weekends With Adele.
It was pulled with less than 24 hours before curtain up in January, with Adele saying that Covid delays had hit the planned performance and that it wasn’t ready.
Adele’s Mercedes, along with two other cars, entered a private drive behind the Encore Hotel on Saturday. The five-star Encore at the Wynn Las Vegas is part of the same exceptional service and class as its flagship property, Wynn Las Vegas within the same sprawling resort complex, but with a boutique vibe
The interior of a suite within The Augustus Tower at Caesar’s Palace, where Adele had demanded to stay. The top brass at Caesars declined, with gambler RJ Cipriani, who regularly stays at the resort, exclusively telling DailyMail.com that Caesars top brass ‘was [not] going to give one of its highly coveted accommodations to someone on their payroll – as big a star as Adele is’
On Thursday she said on Instagram that nerves and anticipation were getting to her. She wrote: ‘I’m feeling all sorts as I write this. I’m highly emotional, incredibly nervous but can’t sit still because I’m so excited.
‘I feel a million miles away from home, I can’t stop thinking about when I was little and saw Tom Jones in Mars Attacks and thought blimey how did he get from Wales to Las Vegas!? I always get scared before shows, and I take it as a good sign because it means I care and means I just want to do a good job.
‘Maybe it’s because I didn’t start when I was supposed to. Maybe it’s because it’s opening night, maybe it’s because Hyde Park went so great, maybe its because I love the show I don’t know. But it’s safe to say I’ve never been more nervous before a show in my career, but at the same time I wish today was tomorrow! I can’t wait to see you out there x’
On Friday, Adele said on stage that she came very close to pulling out again after being ill all week.
“You’re not gonna believe me, you’re gonna think I want a tiny violin to come out and start playing behind my tears, so last week I was sick as a f—– dog, right. I was like s—, if it’s solely my fault for not being able to perform this Friday, I’m done, I’m gonna fall off the face of the Earth.’
She added that she was horribly nervous, saying: ‘It might be a bit wobbly at times because my nerves are out of control ? it’s a bloody massive week for me this week. It’s the Walking Dead finale on Sunday! It’s opening night, it’s the Walking Dead, it’s the Grammys and it’s the World Cup. F—— hell – there’s a lot going on.’
In January a tearful Adele filmed an apology video from her suite at Caesars, explaining: ‘We’ve been absolutely destroyed by delivery delays and COVID. Half my crew and team are [ill] with COVID and still are, and it’s been impossible to finish the show.’ She added: ‘It just aint ready.’
Since then she’s returned several times to the question of why on earth she pulled the rug on a $178million production – and the excuse of Covid has been ditched.
NOT BAD OF A PAD: The Villas are also subjected to twice-daily housekeeping with nightly turndown service, and a butler for guests. Pictured: One of the living rooms at the villas with large glass slide doors, white furniture and a working area
In July she told BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Disks that the primary issues had been artistic.
And, despite fans losing thousands of pounds in travel and hotel bills, it turned out that the person who Adele felt most sorry for was Adele.
She said: ‘The show was not good enough. Maybe my silence has been deadly, I don’t know. But it was horrible.
‘I definitely felt everyone’s disappointment and I was devastated, and I was frightened about letting them down. I’d thought I could pull it together and make it work and I couldn’t, and I stand by that decision.’
She added that she was proud of what she had done. ‘I don’t think any other artist would have done what I did and that is why it was such a massive, massive story. It was like, ‘I don’t care. You can’t buy me, you can’t buy me for nothing. I’m not going to just do a show because I have to or because people are going to be let down or because we’re going to lose loads of money.’
The Fairway Villas (front) are separate from the Wynn Las Vegas hotel (back) and have their own private pools and gardens
AGENT SUPPORT: Adele, 34, also had the support of her boyfriend Rich Paul, 40, who looked dapper in a black suit as he sat in the audience and watched her perform, before the star later shared a kiss with her beau. Also in attendance was British rapper Stormzy, a close friend of Adele’s
She returned to the theme again a month later in an interview for Elle. ‘I was so excited about those shows. It was devastating,”
There was just no soul in it. The stage setup wasn’t right. It was very disconnected from me and my band, and it lacked intimacy, and maybe I tried too hard to give it those things in such a controlled environment.
‘I was embarrassed. But it actually made my confidence in myself grow because it was a very brave thing to do. And I don’t think many people would have done what I did. I’m very proud of myself for standing by my artistic needs.’
The singer had fired set designer Esmeralda Devlin, a hugely respected professional, when ‘in a panic’ in January.
TAKE IT ALL IN: Adele relinquishes the moment at The Coliseum while the grand piano on stage was literally on fire as she belted out her track Set Fire To The Rain
SHEER ELEGANCE: Adele was all smiles and looked flawless as she finally took to the stage in Vegas for the first of her residency shows after reporting her relocation last year
Sources suggest that Adele, who suffers from bad stage fright, had demanded constant changes in the run-up to the opening night, and had never really been clear about what she wanted.
The lake feature, which she was to have been suspended over during a performance of Rolling In The Deep, proved a particular bone of contention, with Adele calling it a ‘baggy old pond.’
She confirmed as much to Elle when she talked about a water feature that ‘looked great for a couple of songs, but then didn’t do anything. It was just there’.
British singer Adele now lives in Beverly Hills in an $11 million mansion with sports agent Rich Paul. She was previously married to British charity boss Simon Konecki.