Adele has been targeted by trolls on Twitter after she gave birth this weekend.
The singer, who had a baby son on Saturday, October 20, was the victim of tasteless jokes on the social network as well as a number of threats and insults, reports NME. One of the most popular comments made after the news of Adele giving birth broke was made by one user who wrote: "Adele was pregnant? I thought she was fat." This was subsequently retweeted hundreds of times.
More disturbingly, however, were people speculating over the health of the small child and making sick jokes about post-natal depression and death.
One user, with around 4,000 followers, wrote: "Aw Adele gave birth to a baby. Is it fat and handicapped lol? Just murder it already lol." Other users speculated what Adele will sing about now she is a mother, to which one troll responded coldly: "Maybe her baby will die?"
Earlier this year, Adele broke the news of her pregnancy on her official website, writing: "I'm delighted to announce that Simon [Konecki] and I are expecting our first child together. I wanted you to hear the news direct from me, obviously we're over the moon and very excited but please respect our privacy at this precious time. Yours always, Adele xx."
There were also reports that she and Konecki had married in secret after she was spotted wearing a gold wedding band on her ring finger, but she later dismissed rumours that they had tied the knot.
According to rumour, the singer's new album has been inspired by her first child. The Tottenham soul sensation's last LP, the hugely successful '21', was heavily influenced by her ex-boyfriend and lost love, but sources close to the singer have claimed that her next record will be "lighter" due to her pregnancy.