All the hidden meanings behind Adele’s Oh My God music video

Adele sent fans wild with conspiracy theories as she released her Oh My God music video on Wednesday. 

Directed by Sam Brown, the singer, 30, shunned colour to film the nearly four-minute short film to accompany the second single of her new album, 30. 

Set in a contemporary Garden Of Eden, the video is flooded with hidden messages and symbolism- from a burning chair to battling with dual versions of herself.

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Seeing double: Adele sent fans wild with conspiracy theories as she released her Oh My God music video on Wednesday

In perhaps the biggest visualisation of the breakdown of her marriage to Simon Konecki, a chair was set alight near the end of the song- with eagle-eyed fans noticing how she had sung from a chair in Hometown Glory, Rolling In The Deep and Easy On Me.

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Adele described Oh My God as her ‘hot mess’ song which documents her navigating leaving her marriage and life post divorce.  

Taking to social media, one wrote: ‘She’s burnt the chair, she’s moving on’, while another viewer added: ‘Adele burning the chair she was sitting on for the last music vids’. 

Rebirth: Set in a contemporary Garden Of Eden, the video is flooded with hidden messages and symbolism- from a burning chair to battling with dual versions of herself

Steeped in meaning: In perhaps the biggest visualisation of the breakdown of her marriage to Simon Konecki and her rebirth, a chair was set alight near the end of the song 

The video started with an apple on the chair and the forbidden fruit haunts Adele throughout the song as she sang lyrics such as: ‘I know that it’s wrong, but I want to have fun’. 

Strong themes of temptation ran throughout the video, with a huge python winding itself around the chair. 

Giving their take on the meaning, one fan wrote on Twitter: ‘A simple yet magnificent use of biblical allusion. The relationship (chair) is always tempting Adele to go back, just like how Satan tempted Eve in serpent form, but we also know snakes are toxic. So her staying in the relationship would only result in downfall’. 

Temptation: Strong themes of temptation ran throughout the video, with a huge python winding itself around the chair

Thoughts: Giving their take on the meaning, one fan wrote : ‘A simple yet magnificent use of biblical allusion. The relationship (chair) is always tempting Adele to go back’

Inner turmoil: Throughout the video, backing dancers surrounded her but Adele did not get up to join the party- instead focused on her inner battle

Throughout the video, backing dancers surrounded her but Adele did not get up to join the party and was instead focused on her inner battle. 

In one poignant scene, Adele sang ‘I won’t leave myself behind’ while a boy played with apples in the background- and fans think it is a reference to maintaining a strong relationship with herself and her son Angelo, nine, despite her marriage breaking down. 

One wrote: ‘Oh wow the kid in the background with the apples surrounding him as adele says “i won’t leave myself behind”, meaning she will not lose herself nor her child despite all the temptations. Her mind!!! ‘.

Moving: In one poignant scene, Adele sang ‘I won’t leave myself behind’ while a boy played with apples in the background- and fans think it is a reference her son Angelo

In another a dancer sat on the floor picking daisy petals, with connotations to the childhood game ‘he loves me, he loves me not’, while Adele sat holding the reins of a horse. 

Viewers commented on how the flower resembled the fragility of her marriage, with the singer having to come to a decision as she holds the power. 

One wrote: ‘The girl in the front is counting flower petals meaning she knows the relationship is unsteady, but we see that adele has the reins so she is still in control & will leave of her own free will from a relationship she is riding alone. So great!’.

Fragility of relationship: In another a dancer sat on the floor picking daisy petals, with connotations to the childhood game ‘he loves me, he loves me not’ 

Opinion: One wrote: ‘The girl in the front is counting flower petals meaning she knows the relationship is unsteady, but we see that adele has the reins so she is still in control’

Sad: They added they thought a scene of a dancer curled up in a fetal position on the floor surrounded by paper and a pen reflected the lows in Adele’s life

They added they thought a scene of a dancer curled up in a fetal position on the floor surrounded by paper and a pen reflected the lows in Adele’s life.

The fan typed: ‘Adele is telling us visually how music is what supported her through those tough days’. 

Set in a giant warehouse, the Chasing Pavements hitmaker appears to grapple between heaven and hell, with a mirrored reflection showcasing an inner turmoil within herself about what to do. 

Some also thought it was Adele ‘seeing herself as her own competition’.  

Reflection: Set in a giant warehouse, the Chasing Pavements hitmaker appears to grapple between heaven and hell, with a mirrored reflection showcasing an inner turmoil within herself

Worst enemy: Some also thought it was Adele ‘seeing herself as her own competition’

Others have also described the music video as more sexual than previous, with two dancers intertwined on a mattress. 

A fan commented: ‘I noticed there were recurring themes of the apple, the chair, fire and people making weird positions. One thing for sure is that there were definitely more obvious sexual references than previous Adele music videos. 

Sexual: Others have also described the music video as more sexual than previous, with two dancers intertwined on a mattress

Adele, who is dressed by an array of designers including Louis Vuitton and Vivienne Westwood for the video, wore a pellegrin clerical cape above a ballgown to sing in front of a lit up halo for one look.

Towards the end of the video she modelled an off-the-shoulder red dress while dancers rave in a party. 

It is only when she decided to bite into the apple, she moves from the chair and walks off camera. 

Hidden meanings: Adele, 30, and Sam, who worked with her previously in the Rolling In The Deep music video, drew upon religious undertones to coincide with the title of her single

Forbidden fruit: At the end of the video, the London-born beauty gazed at the apple, before deciding to take a bite of the fruit

One viewer typed: ‘Oh My God’s music video is definitely referring to Eve and to Hell… like there’s an Apple and a snake and then Adele eats the Apple in the end… that’s not a coincidence’.  

Following it’s release fans took to Twitter to express their thoughts on the music video, with some describing it as a ‘masterpiece’. 

One wrote: ‘This music video have a fantastic timeline! All the symbols and Adele ‘s styles said that!!!! From the chairs and a lady who fall in the beginning to Adele’s hair style that is exactly like her hair style at Drake birthday party!!! It’s mind blowing!!!’

Another added: This is Adele’s darkest music video with a lot of symbolism.’

Symbolism: Following it’s release fans took to Twitter to express their thoughts on the music video, with some describing it as a ‘masterpiece’

It’s been a bumper year for the star who returned to the top of the charts earlier this year with Easy On Me, her first single since 2016.  

Adele claimed her fourth consecutive UK number one album and the fastest selling of 2021 with her latest LP, 30.

The album broke the record for the most-streamed album in a day globally by a UK artist in Spotify history. 

Split: The singer’s divorce was finalised last year after splitting from charity CEO Simon in 2020 (pictured in 2013) 

Amazing: While the music was shot in black and white a stunning visual of Adele in a red satin ballgown clutching the forbidden apple was released 

Additionally, Adele broke the record for the most streamed UK artist globally in a day in Spotify history. 

As a result of her success, Adele made £28 million in one year from the two companies that bank profits from her successful recording career.  

The singer also led the nominations for the 2022 BRIT Awards, with an impressive four nods. 

And after the success of the follow up album 30, the star has also landed nods in the Song of the Year, Album of the Year and Pop, R&B categories.

Adele is also set to make an average of more than $2 million a show on her upcoming Las Vegas concert residency Weekends With Adele.

The London native, who shares nine-year-old son Angelo with her ex-husband Simon, was inspired to write the album while going through her divorce.  

Face profile: Another shot of the singer in a celerical cape with her hair styled in the same way from Drake’s birthday party was released