You know how you put on “Hello” while walking down the street, feeling like a frickin’ queen or king of the universe, singing the lines out loud like there’s no tomorrow? This is what Adele’s vocal talent does to people—we become fearless.

But this time, it’s not her voice that has caught everyone’s attention. After the 32-year-old singer shared a b-day post thanking first responders for keeping everyone safe, everyone went nuts. The picture revealed her dramatic weight loss and a stunning body in a classic little black dress. But sometimes the internet is cruel, and the negative commentary started flooding in.

This is when Adele’s ex-personal trainer Pete Geracimo stepped in to defend her hard work on becoming happy and healthy. Let’s take a look at what Pete had to say in his post on Instagram down below.

Bored Panda contacted Pete for an interview, so scroll down to see what he had to say about Adele’s inspiring transformation.

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This b-day pic of Adele posted on her Instagram caused a stir online

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And people couldn’t stop criticizing the singer for her new slimmed-down look

But Adele’s ex-personal trainer stepped in to defend her transformation in this lengthy post

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In an interview with Bored Panda, Pete said that the criticism Adele has received is “sadly all too common in the world today, so I felt compelled to remind those that no one should be criticized for achieving their goals, which for all my clients is about improving fitness and health, first and foremost for themselves.”

Pete believes that some people feel the need to spread their armchair negativity onto others “because they lack the drive and motivation to make positive changes themselves.” According to the professional trainer, “everyone’s definition of what healthy is or looks like is different and personal and it must be respected and cannot be compared to anyone else’s.”

When it comes to self-motivation to lose weight, Pete suggests having “little ‘reality checks.’” He commented: “I’m a big proponent of before and after photos. They help us to see changes that we tend to miss when we look at ourselves on a daily basis.” It gives that positive reinforcement and validation, which is proof that all hard work pays off. “Momentum builds and self-confidence rises and before you know it, you have reached your goal!”

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Adele has long been both celebrated and criticized for her body which, for many, seemed like it didn’t match the unrealistic industry standards. Chanel’s designer Karl Lagerfeld has famously called the singer too heavy. Now that Adele has turned 32 and posted a picture of her stunning physique, theories that she could have shed 98 pounds have emerged.

In an opinion piece for CNN, research psychologist Peggy Drexler said that there’s never a good moment for a female mega-star to come out with a dramatic change in appearance.“There will always be criticism over kudos; there will always be chatter,” Peggy wrote.

But if there’s anything Adele truly needs, it’s “our empathy. It’s hard enough to come to terms with your own body as a woman not in the spotlight; for a woman who is, and whose weight has been a focus of that spotlight for so long, it might nearly be impossible.”

And more people showed their support for the English singer