As if we need another reason to love Adele. The global superstar took time out from her sellout European tour this week to visit a terminally ill fan whose dream it was to meet her - and the story of how it happened is just phenomenal.
12-year-old Rebecca Gibney from Belfast has suffered with both cerebral palsy and epilepsy since she was born. Unable to walk, talk or eat unaided, the brave girl recently became bedridden and back in December, doctors gave her just six months to live. Despite her tragic prognosis, one thing that lights up Rebecca's life is listening to Adele sing, which she does from when "she gets up in the morning until her bedtime".
Last year, Rebecca's mother Tracy started a Change.org petition in the hope that her little girl's idol might send her a video message or even call her using FaceTime. What she probably didn't expect was a call from Adele's assistant letting her know that the Grammy-winning singer could be at Rebecca's bedside within an hour!
Adele was in Belfast ahead of sold-out performances at the SSE Arena and probably had a packed schedule, yet the kindhearted songstress still took the time to make this young girl's dream come true. Naturally, the whole family was thrilled. Tracy told reports:
“I can’t believe it, I’m just over the moon. My daughter got to meet the person that she loved and that’s what I’ll always take with me for the rest of my life. Adele played with her hair, and held her hand and asked her all about Frozen. She was really lovely.”
"It's amazing. I'll never forget it. And I do know that when Rebecca passes away she did get her dream come true. It's made me feel like I'm the best mummy in the world which I never felt. Adele told me I was the best mummy in the world too."
She also later posted photos and expressing her gratitude on Twitter:
The photos were also tweeted by local councillor, Niall O'Donnghaile, who added:
“Thank you so much Adele for visiting the beautiful Rebecca in the Short Strand today. Made her and (mum) Tracy’s year!”
In addition to the visit, Adele offered the family free tickets to her concert which ran on Tuesday and Wednesday night.