ADELE has cancelled her Las Vegas residency less than 24 hours before the first show was due to kick off.

The British pop superstar, 33, posted a teary video on Instagram explaining why the highly-anticipated gigs will not be taking place – insisting she and her team "ran out of time" due to "delays and Covid."

She said: "I'm so sorry but my show ain't ready. We've tried absolutely everything that we can to pull it together in time and for it to be good enough for you but we've been absolutely destroyed by delivery delays and Covid.

"Half my crew, half my team, are down with Covid, they still are. It's been impossible to finish the show.

"I can't give you what I have right now and I'm gutted. I'm sorry it's so last minute."

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She added: "We've been awake for over 30 hours now trying to figure it out and we've run out of time. I'm so upset and I'm really embarrassed and I'm so sorry to everyone that's travelled again.

"I'm really, really sorry. We're on it, we're gonna reschedule all of the dates, we're on it right now. I'm gonna finish my show and I'm gonna get it to where it's supposed to be for you."

Adele added: "I'm so sorry, it's been impossible. We've been up against so much and it just ain't ready."

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The Sun recently revealed that Adele was due to make £500,000 per show from her residency at Caesars Palace’s Colosseum – with ticket prices ranging from £700 to £9000-plus.

A source said: "She is expected to make over £500,000 per gig thanks to ticket sales alone, even before the merchandising.

“Caesars has rolled out the red carpet to ensure she’s treated like the superstar she is.”

Last night a British fan called David posted a photo of an Adele billboard outside the venue, after apparently already arriving in Vegas.

He wrote: “Christmas gift gone pear shaped as my wife and daughter are on the way to meet me in Vegas and unfortunately Adele has had to cancel.

“Hope all is well for Adele.”

Pal and model Abbey Clancy replied to Adele’s video with three heart emojis.

US comedian Alexander Goldschmidt added: “Don’t apologize. You’re doing all you can do. We love you!!!”

Fans also took to Twitter in the wake of her announcement.

One wrote: “I’m not mad at Adele but I’m mad at her management. These ducks should have been in a row weeks ago.

“When they weren’t they could have said so to reschedule long before people started heading out spending money to get to Vegas. Can’t cancel hotel reservations. Now…they’re screwed.”

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Another added: “Aww Adele is crying. She has to cancel her shows.
“She can’t get her set stuff and her crews keep being wiped out — all because of Covid. Poor thing she looks defeated.”

Adele's fourth record '30' was only released six weeks before the end of 2021, but still managed to be named the year’s best-selling album in the UK.

She sold more than 600,000 copies to pip Ed Sheeran to the title, although his song Bad Habits was crowned the year’s biggest-selling single.

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