Bob Geldof said he had asked the singer to join the line-up for the 30th anniversary edition of “Do They Know It’s Christmas”, but had no response from the 26-year-old.
Bob Geldof said he had asked the singer to join the line-up for the 30th anniversary edition of “Do They Know It’s Christmas”, but had no response from the 26-year-old.

Adele reportedly turns down Bob Geldof's Band Aid offer

ADELE has reportedly declined an invitation to take part in this year's Band Aid 30 Ebola charity single.

Bob Geldof said he had asked the singer to join the line-up for the 30th anniversary edition of "Do They Know It's Christmas", but had no response from the 26-year-old.

He said: "Adele is doing nothing. She's not answering the phone…she doesn't want to be bothered by anyone. She won't even pick up the phone to her manager. She's bringing up a family, you know. Some people just don't want to do it."

But the former Boomtown Rats singer said he was still confident he had secured "the best female voices in the country" in Ellie Goulding and Emeli Sandé.

He told The Sun: "There are voices here that are at least parallel to Adele. Sam Smith is her male equivalent."

A spokesperson for Adele said: "Bob Geldof and the organisers spoke directly with her management but at no point was she confirmed. Adele is supporting Oxfam's Ebola Appeal with a donation."

The singer is rumoured to be working on her third album due to be released this Christmas.

Artists gathered to record the charity single in Notting Hill, London yesterday.

The line-up includes Ed Sheeran, One Direction, Rita Ora, Clean Bandit, Sinead O'Connor, Seal, Sam Smith, Roger Taylor, Jessie Ware, Olly Murs, Chris Martin, Bono, Bastille, Elbow, Paloma Faith and Angelique Kidjo.

"Do They Know It's Christmas", first released in 1984, has been modified to include references to how Ebola can be transmitted through contact with infected loved ones.

The contentious line "Well tonight thank God it's them instead of you", which Bono himself previously said he "really, really loathed", has been replaced with the lyrics "Well tonight we're reaching out and touching you".

The single will be revealed on tonight's X Factor results show at 9pm on ITV1.


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