by Maisy, Kayleigh, Scarlett, Molly & Kate
After seeing the twelve year old’s banner stating it was her, “dream to sing with Adele”, Adele herself invited the young autistic girl, Emily Tammam, up onto the stage to sing her iconic hit, “Someone Like You”.
This month has been a busy one for Adele as the Grammy-award winning music artist has undertaken her world tour. As part of the tour, Adele has performed at the MEN Manchester Arena for the first time in five years.
Adele is known worldwide for her kind, welcoming personality; Tuesday night of her world tour was no exception.
Emily Tammam stood with her father, holding up the decorated sign and Her dad told reported, “her favourite singer is Adele and she just made a homemade sign which said “It’s my dream to sing with Adele”. I said, “Yeah, bring it with you”.
Just before the end, Adele turned, looked and read it out – and she said, “Okay, just come on stage then””.
Once on the stage, Adele told her she was going to be singing “Someone like you”, coincidentally Emily’s favourite song. Adele stepped out of the spotlight and left the girl to sing solo to the crowd. Obviously, she was very shocked and nervous, leading to her singing slightly out of time. In response to this, Adele once again stepped up and sang with Emily, much to her delight.
Ray Tammam – Emily’s 45 year old father – attended the gig without his make-up presenter wife Vicky, 37, while his nine-year-old son Jack was looked after by his grandmother at the time. Mr Tammam said he paid the highest price for his tickets, which was £95, however, the whole experience made the evening a truly priceless moment for them both.
Emily Tammam, a huge super-fan of the feisty redhead vocalist, suffers from Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, a condition which affects her joints and saw her temporarily lose the use of her legs two years ago. After six months, Emily finally recovered and can walk again, however is unable to, ‘go long distances or do anything particularly physical,’ Mr Tammam said. According to her father, the young girl is autistic and was also diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), which has led to difficulties with social situations the past.
Not all celebrities appear to be as generous with their time as Adele. Justin Bieber charges $2000 for a selfie and $925 for a group photo with other people. Similarly, Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas charge fans $10,000 for a meet and greet, dinner, backstage tour and exclusive goodies but have to pay for concert tickets separately.
Adele has done many more kind acts; on March 1st of this year, she visited a seriously ill 12 year old when on a break from her tour. Adele’s act of kindness have inspired many people and other celebrities to open their hearts to friends or fans.