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Pic of the week: Superstar's surprise for fan Rebecca

By Kerry McKittrick

Chart-topper Adele showed off her star quality on Tuesday on a visit to the bedside of seriously ill Rebecca Gibney.

Adele spent two days in the city for the beginning of her '25' world tour, for which tickets sold out in just 20 minutes.

The singer performed to ecstatic crowds at a packed SSE Arena on Monday and Tuesday, but generously took time out from her busy schedule when she heard about Belfast girl Rebecca.

Rebecca (12) is blind and suffers from cerebral palsy and epilepsy, but she is a huge Adele fan and listens to her music constantly.

Her mother Tracey had set up a social media campaign to persuade the star to visit, but was only notified an hour before Adele was due to arrive.

Tracey and Rebecca were then invited to Tuesday's concert as personal guests of the singer.

Adele also had time for some sightseeing on her trip to the city, as she posted a picture of herself on the famous staircase at Titanic Belfast on Twitter.

The picture was accompanied by a good luck message for Titanic actor Leonardo DiCaprio who was nominated for - and won - the Best Actor Oscar at that evening's Academy Awards for The Revenant.

Adele reached fame with her first two albums - '19' and '21' - then took a three-year hiatus from music to spend time with her son, Angelo. She considered retiring from the industry altogether before writing the new album, '25'.

Launched last November, the album sold 800,000 copies in its first week in the UK, becoming the fastest-selling album of all time.

It reached number one in the charts of more than 20 countries around the world.

Belfast was delighted when the Rolling In The Deep singer announced the city would launch her world tour.

The show includes several spectacular special effects - not least an indoor downpour as Adele sings Set Fire To The Rain.

The tour will continue throughout the UK, culminating at London's O2 Arena next month before heading off to Europe.

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