Saturday Night Live - Season 46
When’s the record coming?

Adele talks about her boyfriend and why their relationship works

Adele discussed when they first met and how much she enjoys spending time with him.

Adele’s much-awaited comeback is finally here. The British singer has had interviews with Vogue and British Vogue, talking about her music, the previous couple of years, her divorce and her new relationship with sports manager Rich Paul.

Adele and Rich made their first public appearance when sitting courtside together at an important NBA game. Adele says the outing was her idea, prompted by the fact that Paul is very comfortable with her fame, something that hasn’t always been her experience.

“I did date before Rich, but they hated it,” she says. “They’d find it stressful being out or seen with me, which meant that I guarded all of it beyond. It never evolved because we were never experiencing things together. Whereas he’s not frazzled by it at all. It feels like it’s consistent and considerate enough that I don’t care who knows.”

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Adele and Rich Paul at the 2021 NBA Finals.

Adele also spoke about meeting him, how they’d known each other years back but she’d never paid attention to him. “He was always there, I just didn’t see him,” she said, mentioning that they first met at a party some years ago. “I was a bit drunk. I said: Do you want to sign me? I’m an athlete now.” She said. “All the other guys were just sitting around. He was just dancing away.”

Their relationship seems comfortable and healthy, with Rich being a person that can adapt to her lifestyle and not be intimidated by the fact that she’s one of the most notorious personalities and musicians in the world.

Adele has an allure and mystique that is made greater by her willingness to step away from the spotlight and to keep her life private. Her new record, which is coming soon, is expected to discuss the developments that have taken place over the previous years, from her divorce to motherhood.

Still, Adele says that it’s not a divorce record, at least not from another person. “It was more me divorcing myself,” she said, laughing.

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