Adele Says She Declined to Play 2017 Super Bowl Halftime Show, NFL and Pepsi Say They Never Even Asked
Adele performed at the Staples Center in Los Angeles over the weekend, where she addressed some rumors about her potentially performing at next year’s Super Bowl Halftime Show (as well as her not being pregnant). “I’d like to tell you I’m not doing the Super Bowl. I mean, come on,” she said. “That show is not about music, and I don’t dance or anything like that. They were very kind, they did ask me, but I did say no.”
Then, on Sunday, the National Football League and Halftime Show sponsor Pepsi released a joint statement saying that they never actually asked the “Hello” singer to perform:
“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.”
Huh. Well, just because Pepsi and the NFL never extended what they consider to be a “formal” offer doesn’t mean that their people never sat down for a meeting with her people. This sounds like a good old-fashioned battle of semantics. Anyway, here’s Adele shooting down all of those rumors below.