This mind-bending Adele optical illusion continues to freak people out

The pop star is Adele is famous for her soulful mezzo-soprano vocals and traditionally crafted songs like Rolling in the Deep. And also for an optical illusion, it turns out. She's the subject of a viral photo that's been bending the internet's mind for years. 

The image appears to be simply the portrait photo from the cover of Adele's 2015 album 25 turned upside down. At least that's how it looks, but it's not the original image. Turn it the right way up, and you'll see that it has been edited in a very particular way (see our selection of the best optical illusions of all time for more gems).

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Joe Foley

Joe is a regular freelance journalist and editor at Creative Bloq. He writes news, features and buying guides and keeps track of the best equipment and software for creatives, from video editing programs to monitors and accessories. A veteran news writer and photographer, he now works as a project manager at the London and Buenos Aires-based design, production and branding agency Hermana Creatives. There he manages a team of designers, photographers and video editors who specialise in producing visual content and design assets for the hospitality sector. He also dances Argentine tango.