Here's what Adele told a Staples Center crowd: "First of all, I'm not doing the Super Bowl. I mean, come on, that show is not about music. And I don't really -- I can't dance or anything like that. They were very kind, they did ask me, but I said no."
And here's the NFL's response hours later, via a statement (by way of Billboard.com): "The NFL and Pepsi are big fans of Adele. We have had conversations with several artists about the Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show. However, we have not at this point extended a formal offer to Adele or anyone else. We are focused on putting together a fantastic show for Houston and we look forward to revealing that in good time."
Translation: The league, semantically speaking, isn't wrong because, in all likelihood they didn't make Adele a formal offer. Instead, they inquired -- but not formally -- whether Adele, along with other artists, would be interested in performing at Super Bowl LI, which will take place in Houston on February 7, 2017.
And now we know the answer: No matter how you pose the question, Adele is not interested. Though she never said never, she did say "maybe next time" about possible future Super Bowl appearances.
If it does come to pass, here's to hoping Adele invites James Corden and they just take laps around the field recreating this: