Adele opens up about her key relationships

British singer Adele grew up in a modest single-parent home in London, before her heartfelt ballads made her world famous. Having kept a low profile for several years in her California home, Adele, 33, is now back in the public eye giving interviews again and speaking about her private life.


The Rolling in the Deep singer shares her son with her ex-husband Simon Konecki and is in a new relationship with sports agent Rich Paul. She is also extremely close to her mother Penny Adkins, who, at age 53, is just 20 years older than Adele. Adele and Simon welcomed son Angelo, now nine, in October 2012.


When Angelo was three years old, the star revealed that she wanted him to stay as grounded as possible, despite her global fame.

The singer told Time: "I don't want him being one of those who grows up being like, 'Driver, driver! I have no clean clothes!' Well, have you washed them? I really don't want him growing up like that. I'm very conscious of it."

She said of Angelo: "He makes me so proud of myself, and he makes me like myself so much. And I've always liked myself. I've never not liked myself. I don't have hang-ups (1) like that. But I'm so proud that I made him in my belly. Cooked him in my belly and then he came out of me!

"This human who's suddenly walking around and doing his own thing. I can't wait to know who his best friend will be, who his girlfriend or boyfriend is going to be, or what movies he likes."

More recently, Adele spoke about how Angelo feels about her celebrity status. Explaining that he is more interested in gamers, she said: " The other day he was telling me how many YouTube followers I have is nowhere near as many as the big gamers. I was like, 'Okay, cheers kid, thanks for that.'"

She continued: "But he's great, he's a lot of fun, he's a very lovely, lovely little boy."

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Adele started dating charity boss Simon Konecki, 47, in mid-2011 and the couple became parents to their son Angelo the following year. It was six years later, in 2018, that the pair tied the knot, but they split just 11 months after their wedding. The singer filed for divorce in September 2019.

When their separation was announced, a representative for Adele said: "They are committed to raising their son together lovingly. As always they ask for privacy. There will be no further comment."

Adele and Simon now live near each other in Beverly Hills, making it easy for them to co-parent Angelo. The singer has repeatedly stated that they maintain a good relationship and recently revealed how her ex has earned the nickname 'Simon the Diamond' among her friends.

In an interview with The Face magazine, she said: "Angelo couldn’t have a better dad. Simon is so invested and so interested. He gets onto his level in anything."

"Whatever Angelo is into, what he wants to watch, where he wants to go and play – Simon is a big child in that sense of being so curious with him."

Adele and Simon finalised their divorce in 2021, yet Adele says she is open to marriage in the future.


She is currently dating sports agent Rich Paul. When news of their relationship broke, she admitted that not many of the people close to her knew about it.

"I didn't really tell many of my friends at the beginning because I wanted to keep it to myself," she has said. "None of them believed it!"

During TV special Adele One Night Only, the singer confessed to Oprah Winfrey how the romance came at the right time in her life.

"Yeah, he's just hilarious. Oh, he's so funny. Yeah, and very smart (2)." She added: "I met him [at a birthday party] and then a couple of years later, we went out for dinner, which he says was a business meeting."


Adele's father Mark Evans passed away (3) in 2021 at the age of 57, following a battle with cancer.

The star's relationship with her father had been strained since 2011, when Mark gave an interview in which he said Adele struggled to find love because she had "abandonment issues".

Mark had left the family when Adele was three years old. Her father also revealed his alcohol problems, admitting to drinking "two litres of vodka and seven or eight pints of Stella every day".

Several years later, Mark gave several other interviews in which he claimed he wanted "my daughter back".

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Adele is extremely close to her mother, Penny Adkins, who she lived with until age 18. The star calls Penny her 'best friend'.
In an interview in British Vogue, Adele recalled of her childhood: "I grew up in North London but we did a few years in South London when I was older, it was the best house I’ve ever lived in.

"This house always gets spoken about in the press as if it was like really run-down (4) and stuff because it was above what became a discount store and all of our little roof terraces were all linked.

"And it was amazing, we had a young family at the end with these three lovely little boys who used to run up and down in their nappies."

Adele studied at the renowned Brit School and at 18, she moved to London's trendy Notting Hill district, where her music career took off after signing a record deal.

Adele's mother fell pregnant with her at the young age of 18, and her parents separated when she was nine months old.
Adele has paid tribute to her mother, saying: "She fell pregnant with me when she would have been applying for uni (5), but chose to have me instead. She never, ever reminds me of that. I will try to remember it."

Penny worked as a furniture maker, masseuse and adult learning activities organiser to support herself and Adele. The singer bought her mother a house in Notting Hill following her success.

1. Hang-up = Psychological inhibition or complex
2. Smart = intelligent (US English); well-dressed (UK English)
3. Pass away = Die
4. Run-down = In a decayed state
5. Uni = University (abbreviation)

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