Adele spends the minutes before she hits the stage every night “drenched in sweat” being wheeled around in a small box, it has been revealed.

The singer uses the strange mode of transport in order to pass through her fans unnoticed and get to her starting position every night under the stage.

AdeleAdele travels to the stage in a box every night on tour

A source told The Sun: “Adele sits in the box for several minutes as she is taken from her dressing room right to the centre of the crowd.

“Most of her fans are already seated and just presume it’s a piece of kit they are moving but some have been told by staff at venues that actually it’s their idol and a woman worth £85million sitting in a pretty small box a few feet from them.

“A few have worked it out as her personal security Peter Van Der Deer - who is never away from her side - accompanies the box during its journey. Then her team flank it as it reaches the stage and shield her from view as she climbs out and goes to wait underneath the stage for the start.

“Fans have been told she has an iPad in there to keep her entertained but it is a very sweaty and unglamorous part of the show for Adele to get through but she’s down to earth and jokes about it,” the source added.

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Adele has previously hinted that her journey to the stage is less than glamorous. “How I get from to this stage makes me so sweaty, I’m drenched,” she told fans on stage one night. "I can’t tell you till the end - you’ll laugh when you find out.”

The singer has also revealed that she has a secret Twitter account which she hides from her management. “I was looking on Twitter last night,” she told fans in Brisbane.

“They don’t know I have a secret account, well obviously they do now because I said that. By ‘they’, I mean my management. I’m not allowed access to my own Twitter because I’m quite mouthy and I say the wrong thing a lot of the time, so they took that privilege away from me.”