Karl Lagerfeld has apologised for calling Adele "fat".

The creative director for Chanel came under fire earlier this week after he took aim at the Grammy Award-winning star's figure.

I actually prefer Adele, she is my favorite singer and I am a great admirer of her

As guest editor for Metro, he said: "The thing at the moment is Adele. She is a little too fat, but she has a beautiful face and a divine voice."

But he now insists that his comments were taken "out of context", and that he is actually a huge fan of the 'Someone Like You' singer.

He told the newspaper today (09.02.12): "I'd like to say to Adele that I am your biggest admirer. Sometimes when you take a sentence out of the article it changes the meaning of the thought.

"I actually prefer Adele, she is my favorite singer and I am a great admirer of her. I lost over 30 kilos over 10 years ago and have kept it off. I know how it feels when the press is mean to you in regards to your appearance. "Adele is a beautiful girl. She is the best. And I can't wait for her next CD."

Moving on to the subject of rapper M.I.A's controversial finger flipping at Sunday's (05.02.12) Super Bowl, the fashion guru admits he did not find it all that shocking.

He said: "Nowadays people give the middle finger quite quickly - it's not the best behavior. Everybody does that, what's new about that?

"It's just become a bad habit. People in magazines are 50 per cent bimbo and 50 per cent pregnant women."