Adele: Everything To Know About The Fifteen Time Grammy Winner

Adele

Sitting at a net worth of £150 million, does Adele even have to release her 4th album? The star has gone through an incredible weight loss showing off her new figure after making her big TV comeback on SNL, and it’s got us all craving for the “Chasing Pavements” singer’s new album. Yet, even with news of her recent divorce, there is so much to discuss about Adele, so let’s get started – her life before fame, the REAL men who inspired her songs and asked for royalties, Skepta – everything! 

Adele: Everything That’s Been Going On With The British Singer 

Why did Adele stop making music?

Adele has put the plans in motion for her fourth album which will be her first album since 2015’s massive 25, but this is why she stopped making music: 

2016: 

Adele had largely stayed out of the spotlight since promoting her last album in 2015. Her album 25 sold more than 22 million copies around the world.

2017:

After finishing her tour in summer 2017, she said that she would take a break.

2018: 

The “Someone Like You” singer was reportedly working on her fourth studio album by 2018. 

2019: 

Then on 5 May 2019, her 31st birthday, Adele posted several black-and-white pictures of herself on her Instagram account celebrating the occasion along with a message reflecting on the preceding year. She also hinted that a new album may be on the way: 

Reflecting on her 30th year, she wrote: “This is 31…thank f*****g god – 30 tried me so hard but I’m owning it and trying my hardest to lean in to it all.” 

She added: “For the first time in a decade I’m ready to feel the world around me and look up for once,” before hinting that a new album – ’30’ – could be on the way soon as she joked: “’30’ will be a drum n bass record to spite you. Chin up, eh”.

The ending of the message made media outlets take the post as an indication that a new album was on the way.

According to one source who told The Sun, Adele’s fourth album will come out in time for Christmas 2019. However, sadly this did not materialize again. 

2020: 

Then in January 2020, Adele’s manager (Jonathan Dickins) confirmed that she will be bringing out her next album in 2020. He told Music Week that “the sooner [it comes out] the better.”

And then, on 15th February 2020, Adele herself publicly announced that the album will be released in September 2020. The artist confirmed the news at a wedding party, where she was both a performer and officiant for one of her friends.

While talking to the audience, Adele told everyone there to “expect my album in September”.

However, she later confirmed the album release has been delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and in June 2020 it was confirmed by Dickens too. 

He told Music Week magazine: “It isn’t coming in September, it’ll be ready when it’s ready.

“We’re all in the same boat, you’re doing stuff and then all of a sudden, the world stops. It’ll come when it’s ready. I can’t put a date on that yet.

“We have music, but we’re still working.”

In October 2020, Adele finally made a big TV comeback by becoming the host of Saturday Night Live in the US. During her opening monologue, she once again told the world that her new album isn’t ready yet, implying that we’ll probably have to wait until 2021.

She said: “My album’s not finished, and I’m also too scared to be both. I’d rather put on some wigs …have a glass of wine or six and just see what happens.”

So, has Adele been in the studio yet?

Apparently, the “Hello” singer has already penned down a number of songs for her new album. An insider told The Sun in June 2018: “She’s back in the UK and intends to write here. A number of studio musicians have been approached to work with her and she’s already penned some of the songs.”

However, in April 2019, Adele confirmed that she and her husband Simon Konecki had split up.

What will the new Adele album be called?

Adele hasn’t confirmed the name but she did say that 25 will be the last to be titled after her age. The proof came when she mentioned to James Corden in her January 2016 episode of Carpool Karaoke that her next album could be simply named Adele. Her first three albums were named 19, 21 and 25, mirroring her age at the time of writing.

“This is the last album after my age,” she told Corden. “I believe in trilogies, yeah. The next one is just gonna be Adele.”

How did Adele lose weight?

Fans have also been amazed at Adele’s stunning weight loss in recent months asking “how did Adele lose all her weight in 2020” but most people don’t know that Adele started her weight loss journey in 2016. 

Her figure started to make headlines having been spotted out on holiday with Harry Styles and James Corden in early 2020. 

Speaking about her weight loss on Saturday Night Live in October 2020, Adele joked: “I know I look really, really different since you last saw me.

Is Adele in a relationship?

The biggest story in terms of Adele’s relationship has been her split from husband Simon Konecki, with her future album thought to be about her recent heartache. The ‘Someone Like You’ singer has apparently started a relationship with rapper Skepta BUT ADELE IS CURRENTLY SINGLE AS OF DECEMBER 2020. 

Skepta

In September 2019, rumours flew that Adele was dating British rapper Skepta, the same month her divorce was finalized. 

The pair — both from Tottenham, London — dated for five months after her marriage came to an end and reportedly split in March 2020. 

Lyrics from Skepta’s 2019 song ‘Mic Check’, are reportedly about the singer: “Can you handle the fame? You know you’re f—ing with a star. When you’re f—ing with me, they talk about you in the press.” However, this has not been confirmed.

On June 29, Skepta left a flirty message for Adele in the comments of one of her Instagram posts, causing fans to wonder if the pair were back on.

Then in October, reports circulated that the pair were officially dating — but Adele was quick to put those rumours to bed, joking that she was “going back to my cave now to be the (single) cat lady that I am.”

Simon Konecki

Adele began dating Simon Konecki in 2011, and they welcomed their son, Angelo, in 2012.

In 2016, after five years of dating, Adele and Konecki tied the knot. She confirmed the wedding in one of her acceptance speeches at the 2017 Grammys, calling Konecki her husband.

In March 2017, at a concert in Brisbane, Australia, she told the crowd, “I’m married now. I’ve found my next person.” Sadly, they broke up. 

“Adele and her partner have separated,” a statement read from the singer’s publicist in April 2019. “They are committed to raising their son together lovingly. As always they ask for privacy. There will be no further comment.”

It’s believed the couple did not sign a prenup before they tied the knot in April 2016. In some positive light, they are living just across the street from each other for the sake of their 8 year old son.

What is Adele’s net worth?

Adele is believed to have a staggering net worth of nearly $300 million as according to the Sunday Times Rich List, Adele’s net worth is about £150 million – (approx. $285 million). The 15 time grammy winner is the second-richest singer in the UK, behind Ed Sheeran.  

This is how she amassed her wealth over the past 12 years since the release of her first album, ’19’ in 2008: 

Artists notoriously don’t make much money off album sales — particularly in the digital age of streaming — but Adele might be one of the exceptions in this case. Her third album, 25, released in 2015, is considered her best selling albums of all time with 22 million copies sold worldwide. Her second album, 21, wasn’t much different. 

Adele is the only artist to have two albums be sold out for more than 10 million copies in the 2010s.  

Only Adele knows exactly how much money she made from album sales. Usually record companies make around $11 per album sale, which then has to be split between writers, producers and musicians. Some reports say that in 2017 alone — over a year since the Brit released anything — she made about $18 million from album sales.  

Adele being the musician that she is, hasn’t toured in three years, but her last one was definitely successful enough to keep her going for quite some time. Her last tour consisted of 121 shows over 16 months, and made a whopping £142 million (approx. $273 million). Of that, Adele personally took £42 million (approx. $80 million). The tour was an absolute success though it’s not likely she’ll do anything quite so extravagant ever again. The demanding tour schedule put a huge strain on the singer’s vocal chords, causing her to cancel her final two shows in London. 

The “Hello” singer has reportedly been offered £22 million (approx. $42 million) to complete a year-long residency at a Vegas casino, but turned it down for the sake of her vocal health. 

Adele has bought and sold a number of houses over the last decade. It’s hard to keep track of them all sometimes, but at the moment she’s got three in London alone.

Her apartment in the ritzy suburb of Kensington — when the Beckhams stay as well — is said to be worth around £5 million (approx. $9.5 million). She also owns two adjoining townhouses in the vicinity that she purchased in 2012 and 2014 for a combined £11 million (approx. $20 million). 

Adele also owned a massive eight-bedroom country estate, which was sold for £7.25 million pounds in 2018, and a beachfront house in Brighton sold for £2.8 million in 2016 – she made a tidy £1.1 million (approx. $2 million) profit on both houses. Public housing records indicate that she also sold another mansion in East Sussex last year for £2.9 million. 

Across the pond, she also owns a lush Beverly Hills mansion worth about $16 million. She also was listed as the owner of a three-bedroom home in Los Angeles, USA but she sold it to  her ex-husband Konecki just before their divorce. It’s registered as headquarters for his company.

In terms of her divorce, it is rumoured that she and her ex-husband did not sign a prenuptial agreement which means he could receive half her fortune. Nothing has been verified or confirmed, thanks to a legal NDA from divorce court but one source allegedly claimed that she had been ordered to pay him US$140 million (approx. $214 million) in the settlement. The pair started dating back in 2011, and filed for divorce in 2019.

The ‘Chasing Pavements’ hitmaker has had a string of chart-topping songs and is highly rumoured to be making a comeback with new music at the end of 2020, with a 2021 tour reportedly in the works too.

It is worth noting the singer hasn’t been on tour since 2017, which is when artists make a significant proportion of their wealth, so for her to still be one of the richest artists in 2020 is quite the feat! 

What’s going on with Adele?

She’s a mom stuck in the pandemic:

The former couple Adele and her ex-husband, Simon Konecki, are focused on co-parenting their seven-year-old son.

They reportedly live across the street from each other in order to better co-parent their seven-year-old son, Angelo Adkins. “Her son is her world,” a source told People.

As the pandemic is forcing families to stay at home in an effort to stop the spread of the novel virus, Adele is taking advantage of the opportunity to spend more time with her son.

“She helps Angelo with schoolwork and cooks. She very much enjoys being a stay-at-home mom right now,” continued the source.

Adele is getting a divorce but she’s keeping it classy: 

Divorce is not an easy feat and after spending eight years (three of which were spent as a married couple), Adele and Simon Konecki decided to call it quits in September 2019.

However, Adele is maintaining a classy and flexible relationship with her ex-husband for the sake of her son. 

While there’s a lot of speculation into the details of their divorce, Adele has kept things under wraps (as she’s entitled to) and everything seems to be actually quite amicable between the former couple by most credible accounts.

Weight loss:

Yes, the wickedly talented singer turned 32 years old on May 5 2020 and she celebrated by sharing a photo of herself to Instagram. This unexpected birthday post caught fire because Adele hadn’t updated her Instagram for months so fans were probably super surprised by it all.

Though fans are still awaiting new music from the superstar, whose last project was 2015’s 25, Adele has managed to remain a trending topic. Why? Thanks to her stick thin figure of course! 

Amongst all the social media debates, her former personal trainer wanted to insist that Adele’s body transformation is due to her wanting to simultaneously better her mental and physical health, rather than merely lose weight for cosmetic purposes.

“Adele wanted to feel better, eat healthier and improve herself, not look a [certain way]. After she became a mother, she went all out to improve herself as a person,” another source revealed to People. “Working out and sweating gives her energy. She feels mentally healthier.”

FUN FACT: Adele has stated that she used to drink 10 cups of tea a day with two sugars. She cut the tea out of her diet and credits her weight loss to the reduced sugar intake.

Adele’s new album: 

To the surprise of no one, Adele is one of the world’s best-selling music artists with over 120 million records sold and fans still can’t get enough of her tunes.

It’s been five years since Adele released her previous album, 25, but word is that her new album is on the way. Presumably it’s going to be called 33 because, well, clearly 32 isn’t happening. 

How did Adele make it?

Adele Before Fame:

Adele’s full name is Adele Laurie Blue Adkins.

The British singer was born to Penny Adkins and Marks Evans, although she was raised solely by her mother from the age of two. Adele’s dad walked out on her and her mom when Adele was just 2 years old.

She started singing when she was just 4 years old and said she stopped reading books when she was 6 to focus on singing, just 2 years after she started singing. The last book the “Hello” singer remembers reading was Roald Dahl’s Matilda, a novel about a 4 year old girl who comes from a broken home but has a special gift. Sounds familiar

In her formative years, singer Adele has said among her favourite artists growing up were the Spice Girls and Ella Fitzgerald. The Spice Girls even hailed from Adele’s hometown of London. According to Wikipedia: 

“In her teens, Adele would listen to Etta James while developing and practising her singing abilities In 2002, 14-year-old Adele discovered Etta James and Ella Fitzgerald as she stumbled on the artists’ CDs in the jazz section of her local music store. She was struck by their appearance on the album covers. Adele states she then “started listening to Etta James every night for an hour,” and in the process was getting “to know my own voice”. 

Adele went to high school at the prestigious BRIT School and was friends with another famous singer, Jessie J. The school has many famous alumni including Imogen Heap and Amy Winehouse, though they did not attend the same years that Adele did.

Many artists have been found on YouTube, but Adele’s first taste of success came as a friend of hers uploaded her singing to the once popular social media platform: MySpace! 

After graduation, Adele published two songs on the fourth issue of the online arts publication PlatformsMagazine.com. and had recorded a three-song demo for a class project and given it to a friend. The friend posted the demo on Myspace, where it became very successful and led to a phone call from Richard Russell, the boss of the music label XL Recordings. She doubted if the offer was real because the only record company she knew was Virgin Records, and she took a friend with her to the meeting.

Four months after graduating from the BRIT School in 2006, Adele signed a recording contract with XL Recordings. 

Finding Success: 

Adele has fully credited her Saturday Night Live appearance in 2008 as a major factor in getting her career off the ground. The episode was watched by 17 million viewers, who had actually tuned in to watch then potential Presidential candidate Sarah Palin. Sarah might have been able to see Russia from her house, but she couldn’t see that Adele would be as big a star as she is now.

Adele cancelled her 2008 American tour to spend time with an ex-boyfriend, which she later said she regretted. Fans didn’t seem to mind, as we’re sure she was just doing research for her next album.

All of Adele’s albums are named after the age she was when she wrote them. 19, 21, and 25 are her three studio albums.

26 countries saw her second album reach the number one spot. That’s more countries than most people will ever visit in their lifetime. Many of those countries don’t even speak English as their first language. Love, and more importantly the loss thereof, truly is a universal language.

Adele’s second album 21 spent 23 weeks at the top of the UK Album Charts, back when there still was a UK. After 23 weeks, 21 made a graceful (Br)exit.

Who broke Adele’s heart?

Who is Mr 21: The man behind Adele’s album, 21? 

The singer sang about ‘Mr 21’ aka the man behind the singer’s hit songs ‘Rolling in the Deep’, ‘Set Fire to the Rain’, ‘Turning Tables’, ‘Rumour Has It’ and ‘Someone Like You’ from her second album, 21.

It is believed that Adele and this particular boyfriend is rumoured to be Alex Sturrock, Adele’s photographer throughout her An Evening with Adele tour. Alex or whoever her boyfriend was apparently dated from 2008 to 2009, and in an interview with Out, Adele said she would have given up her “career, friendships and hobbies” to be with him.

“He was my soul mate,” she said. “We had everything — on every level we were totally right. We’d finish each other’s sentences, and he could just pick up how I was feeling by the look in my eye, down to a T, and we loved the same things and hated the same things, and we were brave when the other was brave and weak when the other one was weak.

“And I think that’s rare when you find the full circle in one person, and I think that’s what I’ll always be looking for in other men.”

According to an interview with Vogue in 2012, Adele confessed to the world that while he “was great”, the relationship was never going to work.

“And for ages I was like, ‘As if he deserves any f—ing kudos for inspiring my record’,” she said. “But now, after some time, it only seems right that the person who so far has had the biggest impact on me [and] has now changed my life for f—ing ever with this album — deserves a little credit…..I can do things that I never dreamed I’d be able to do. If I hadn’t met him, I think I’d still be that little girl I was when I was 18. And the best thing is, I now know what I want for myself and from someone else. I didn’t know what I wanted before.”

It is also believed that ‘Rumour Has It’ was written about friends who believed rumours following her split from Mr 21.

“People might think it’s about blogs and magazines and papers, but it’s not,” she said of the track. “It’s about my own friends believing stuff that they hear about me, which is pretty mortifying really.”

‘Someone Like You’ was also believed to be written after Adele learned the man had become engaged to someone else following their split.

The cheating boyfriend who inspired Adele’s album, 19

Adele’s first-known song influence was the man who inspired her debut album 19. Adele dumped the boyfriend she loved after he cheated on her and this was publicly confirmed in an interview with The Guardian in 2008 where she revealed she dumped him via text.

“I prefer people to write it down in a message or text or email,” she said, explaining that she hates confrontation. “When I broke up with my boyfriend I did it by text. ‘Babe, I can’t do it no more.'”

The cheater  inspired the songs ‘Chasing Pavements’, ‘Cold Shoulder’, ‘Melt My Heart to Stone’, ‘First Love’, ‘Right as Rain’ and ‘Tired’ but he wanted a cut of royalties for being the inspiration behind 19. Adele also publicly confirmed this: 

“For about a week he was calling and was deadly serious about it,” Adele told The Sun in 2011. “Finally, I said, ‘Well, you made my life hell, so I lived it and now I deserve it.’ He really thought he’d had some input into the creative process by being a prick. I’ll give him this credit — he made me an adult and put me on the road that I’m travelling.”

Adele’s song ‘Daydreamer’, however, is about a different boy: A bisexual friend she had fallen in love with who, at her 18th birthday party, told her he felt the same way only to leave four hours later with one of her gay friends.

She once stated, “‘We’re not even going out yet and you’ve cheated on me already!’ So ‘Daydreamer’ is about everything I wanted him to be. The daydream of him.”

Who is Adele signed to?

Four months after graduating from the BRIT School in 2006, Adele signed a recording contract with XL Recordings. 

After graduation, she published two songs on the fourth issue of the online arts publication PlatformsMagazine.com. and had recorded a three-song demo for a class project and given it to a friend. The friend posted the demo on Myspace, where it became very successful and led to a phone call from Richard Russell, the boss of the music label XL Recordings. She doubted if the offer was real because the only record company she knew was Virgin Records, and she took a friend with her to the meeting.

An employee at XL, Nick Huggett, recommended Adele to her now manager Jonathan Dickins at September Management, and in June 2006, Dickins became her official representative. September was managing Jamie T at the time and this proved a major draw for Adele, a big fan of the British singer-songwriter. Huggett then signed Adele to XL in September 2006. Adele provided vocals for Jack Peñate’s song, “My Yvonne,” for his debut album, and it was during this session she first met producer Jim Abbiss, who would go on to produce both the majority of her debut album, 19,and tracks on 21. 

In June 2007, Adele made her television debut, performing “Daydreamer” on the BBC’s Later… with Jools Holland. Adele’s breakthrough song, “Hometown Glory”, written when she was 16, was released in October 2007.

In March 2008, Adele signed a deal with Columbia Records and XL Recordings for her foray into the United States. She embarked on a short North American tour in the same month, and 19 was released in the US in June. Billboard magazine stated of it: “Adele truly has potential to become among the most respected and inspiring international artists of her generation.”

On the eve of her 26th birthday in May 2014, Adele posted a cryptic message via her Twitter account which prompted media discussion about her next album. The message, “Bye bye 25… See you again later in the year,” was interpreted by some in the media, including Capital FM, as meaning that her next album would be titled 25 and released later in the year. In 2014, Adele was nominated for nine World Music Awards. In early August, Paul Moss suggested that an album would be released in 2014 or 2015. However, in the October 2014 accounts filed with Companies House by XL Recordings, they ruled out a 2014 release.

On 27 August 2015, Billboard reported that Adele’s label, XL Recordings, had intentions of releasing her third studio album sometime in November 2015.

So there you have it, Adele’s weight loss, net worth, divorce, and new album stuff… yep we’ve covered basically every notable Adele-related topic that people seem to be putting a lot of weight on lately.

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