Adele's Health Crisis and Comeback

UPDATED 02/08/2012 at 09:30 AM EST Originally published 02/08/2012 at 08:00 AM EST

Adele's Health Crisis and Comeback



With the Grammys right around the corner, everyone is talking about Adele.

The singer's eagerly awaited return to the stage on Feb. 12 will mark her first public performance since vocal cord surgery in November. The British pop star, 23, is also a favorite to sweep the six categories for which she is nominated, including album of the year for 21.

But in this week's cover story, PEOPLE goes inside Adele's private world, chronicling how she triumphed over the heartbreak that inspired her emotional songs, a broken home and almost losing her voice.

"She got to where she is through sheer hard work," says Arthur Boulton, her teacher at London's BRIT School.

She also succeeded by being true to herself. While Karl Lagerfeld recently called the singer "a little too fat," Adele has always embraced her curves, and seems determined not to bend to body bullies.

"I've never wanted to look like models on the cover of magazines," she says. "I represent the majority of women and I'm very proud of that."

For more on Adele's childhood in a rough London neighborhood, her vocal cord crisis – and her boyfriend Simon Konecki – pick up the new issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday

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