‘I associate him with the breakdown of my marriage’: Adele reveals she was in a secret relationship before meeting current boyfriend Rich Paul
Her hotly anticipated and very emotional album 30 is set for release this Friday.
And Adele revealed this week that she walked away from a secret relationship a year after she split from her ex-husband Simon Konecki because she associated him with the breakdown of her marriage.
Speaking to The Face, the singer – who is now dating Rich Paul – said: ‘It wasn’t right, leaving a marriage and then dating a year after. Even if you feel ready, it’s a gaping, open wound whether you leave or you’re left.’
‘I associate him with the breakdown of my marriage’: Adele revealed this week that she walked away from a secret relationship a year after she split from her ex-husband Simon Konecki
She continued: ‘I was unable to pretend that I wasn’t in my own storm… I couldn’t give myself properly. I couldn’t be consistent, and neither could he.
‘I associate him with the breakdown of my marriage. So therefore, he is part of the storm.
‘And I was just, you know, really honest with him about it, thank God. Otherwise I could’ve found myself in a situation being in a relationship I didn’t want to be in after coming out of one.’
Adele is now happily dating the sports agent Rich Paul, 39, after they met at a mutual friends birthday party, became friends, and later started a relationship.
Loved-up: Adele is now happily dating the sports agent Rich Paul, 39, after they met at a mutual friends birthday party, became friends, and later started a relationship
The singer’s latest candid interview comes after it was revealed that her upcoming album would include heartbreaking voice notes exchanged with her son Angelo.
In an emotional track, My Little Love, the singer includes audio recordings from conversations with her nine-year-old in which he attempts to stop her crying amid her 2019 divorce, which is the key subject of the record.
Adele – who shares Angelo with ex-husband Simon Konecki – sings: ‘I’m so sorry if what I’ve done makes you feel sad’.
In more heart wrenching notes she says ‘Tell me you love me’, to which Angelo replies, ‘I love you, one million per cent. I feel like you like me too.’
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Adele continues in the tearful voice notes: ‘You know Mummy doesn’t like anyone else like I like you, right? Mummy’s been having a lot of big feelings lately, I’m confused and I don’t know what I’m doing.’
In more voice notes to her son she says: ‘I love your dad because he gave you to me… I’ve had a bad day, I’m very anxious…
‘I feel very paranoid, stressed, and I’m hungover which never helps. I feel like today is the first day since I left him that I actually feel lonely — and I never do.
‘I just feel really lonely and frightened, and I’m worried I might feel like this a lot.’
Doting dad: Adele dedicated 30 to the son Angelo – who she shares with ex-husband Simon Konecki (picture with Simon in 2013)
30: TRACK LIST
1. Strangers by Nature – The opening track is laden with funeral chords and sets the tone for the imminent heartache fans prepare to witness.
2. Easy on Me – The lead track from the album is already a classic on the album
3. My Little Love – The appearance of Angelo on this song makes it the most candid and details the intricacies of her pain.
4. Cry Your Heart Out – In a bid to avoid an excess of ballads, this track is wholly more upbeat.
5. Oh My God – A mid-tempo R&B number about the arrival of new love.
6. Can I Get It – The album’s Rolling In The Deep moment sees her team up with Swedish producer Max Martin and his sidekick Shellback.
7. I Drink Wine – Having a song centered around wine harks directly back to Adele’s recent chatter about her relationship with alcohol during the split and how she kicked booze to shed her ‘hangxiety’.
8. All Night Parking interlude (with Erroll Garner)
9. Woman Like Me – The most blatant references to Simon are made in the comments about ‘laziness and complacency’ here.
10. Hold On – This track has ‘Adele’s Crazy Friends’ listed as the choir and she told Oprah she could see the song being ‘a national anthem’
11. To Be Loved – Adele revealed this track is about her estranged father Mark Evans and the steps she has taken to allow herself to be loved despite his absence.
12. Love Is a Game – Adele ends on a high-note with the track where she sings ‘Love is a fame for fools to play and I ain’t fooling’
13. Wild Wild West
14. Can’t Be Together
15. Easy on Me (with Chris Stapleton)
In Woman Like Me meanwhile, she sung of Simon: ‘Complacency is the worst trait to have, are you crazy? It is so sad a man like you could be so lazy…
‘All you do is complain about decisions you make / How can I help lift you if you refuse to activate?’
While Adele features her son on her new album, and dedicated the music to him, she revealed this week that her One Night Only CBS special concert was the first time Angelo had ever seen her perform.
The Someone Like You hitmaker took to the stage at the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles in late October to film the show.
While on stage she gushed: ‘This is the first time my son has ever seen me perform!
‘It’s the absolute honor of my life to have you here tonight, baby,’ she added with a smile.
Looking back on the heartwarming moment on Twitter, Adele said she’d ‘never been so nervous in my life’ for her son to watch her live for the first time.
She wrote: ‘It was also the first time my son saw me perform and I’ve never been so nervous in my life!! I hope you like it, tune in tonight at 8:30pmET / 8pm PT on CBS x.’
The star explained that Angelo had previously attended rehearsals with her when the arena was empty, and compared them to a packed show when they had been to see Taylor Swift together.
‘He’s like, “So many people come to her shows,” ‘ she recalled with a laugh. ‘But I make him leave before they all arrive. It was so cute and so funny.’
The Rolling in the Deep singer then told Oprah Winfrey in the accompanying interview that after the release of her first single Easy on Me from the new album 30, her son was taken aback by her popularity.
She said: ‘There was like a hundred thousand people waiting [and] you had all these likes,’ she recalled Angelo saying. ‘Then he was like, ‘People really like you.’ ‘
Adele then discussed her hopes for her son’s future with the chat show host, saying she only wants for him to be a ‘good and happy person.’
‘I don’t expect anything of him,’ she explained. ‘I don’t care what his career is, as long as he’s passionate about whatever it is that he does and that he’s happy.’
In the interview Adele also revealed that adjusting to being a single parent and her divorce was a ‘process’ and ‘exhausting’.
The new issue of The Face is available to buy now at theface.com/buy-magazine
Dedication: While Adele features her son on her new album, she revealed this week that her One Night Only CBS special concert was the first time Angelo had ever seen her perform
Tracklist: Titles on Adele’s forthcoming release give an insight into her divorce
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