Adele is speaking for the first time about her new boyfriend, sports agent Rich Paul.
In a new British Vogue, the 33-year-old megastar confirms that she and Rich, 39, are ‘very happy’ and has revealed that he’s ‘frazzled’ by her huge, global fame.
She also tells American Vogue in a separate profile published Thursday, that Rich ‘just incredibly arrived’ days before her estranged father passed away. (Her dad Mark Evans died from cancer aged 57 in May this year, after falling out in 2011.)
Tottenham-born Adele introduces Rich – who represents LeBron James – to the interviewer, who noted how the singer beamed with ‘Hi, darlin’!’ when he walked into the photoshoot.
‘We’re very happy’: Adele gushes over new boyfriend Rich Paul and says the sports agent isn’t ‘frazzled’ by her mega-fame, in a new interview with British Vogue
Earlier this year in March, Adele finalized her divorce with ex-husband Simon Konecki, 46, after nearly two years of marriage. The pair share an eight-year-old son Angelo together.
‘Yes, we’re together,’ Adele confirms in the interview, adding: ‘We’re very happy.’
The pair have been together for a few months, but have shared mutual friends for a much longer period of time.
The feature notes that – after enjoying her second cocktail – Adele then opens up further about the relationship, explaining how they did not plan to ‘go public’ when they were first seen a basket ball game together in July this year.
‘And I didn’t get dragged along to the [basketball game the other night] because that’s his line of work,’ she said.
Timing: Adele also tells US Vogue in a separate profile published Thursday, that Rich ‘just incredibly arrived’ days before her estranged father passed away
Recounting the same story to American Vogue, she said: ‘I didn’t mean to go public with it. I just wanted to go to the game. I just love being around him. I just love it.’
The conversation of the world finding out about their romance did crop up during the outing: ‘He was like, “What are people going to say?” And I was like, “That you signed me. As an athlete. You’re my agent.” And he was like, “Okay, cool.”
However, the Grammy winning star confesses that it no longer feels ‘stressful’ going out in the public eye with her new man by her side.
‘It used to, but it hasn’t been this time because he doesn’t mind. Normally, I think I get scared about it because it’s very emasculating. Really emasculating,’ she told British Vogue.
‘I did date before Rich, but they hated it,’ Adele said of her previous boyfriends. ‘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.’
‘I’m a 33-year-old divorced mother of a son, who’s actually in charge’: Adele says her relationship with Rich works because he knows where he’s at in life (Pictured, July this year)
‘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.’
She added excitedly: ‘He’s great. He’s so f**kng funny. He’s so smart, you know.’
Meanwhile, in her interview with American Vogue, Adele says she feels safe with Paul.
‘I don’t feel anxious or nervous or frazzled. It’s quite the opposite. It’s wild,’ she said.
‘I’m a 33-year-old divorced mother of a son, who’s actually in charge. The last thing I need is someone who doesn’t know where they’re at, or what they want. I know what I want. And I really know what I don’t want.’
Past love: Adele has also opened up about how she coped with divorcing ex Simon Konecki, with whom she shares a son Angelo (Pictured, 2013, at the Grammys)
Elsewhere in the British edition, Adele reveals for the first time that actually made peace with her father before he died.
‘We actually got our peace, again contrary to reports,’ Adele says. ‘I played him my album just a week before he passed, over Zoom. One thing that definitely happened in my divorce was that it humanised my parents for me. Big time. I went to hell and back!’
Adding: ‘And in that I found the peace to forgive him. He was ready to go and he lasted a long time with it. So thank you.’
Adele covers the November issues of British and American Vogue.
Adele in her own words as she makes huge return to the spotlight in British and US Vogue
On her divorce from Simon Konecki: ‘I was just going through the motions and I wasn’t happy. Neither of us did anything wrong. Neither of us hurt each other or anything like that. It was just: I want my son to see me really love, and be loved. It’s really important to me. I’ve been on my journey to find my true happiness ever since.’
On their son Angelo: ‘There were a few older girls who chased him around, asking if I was his mom. He was just like: ‘I think her name’s Adele, yeah. My mom. My mom.’ I’m not Adele to him. He felt like he was being bullied, because they were annoying him. I said: ‘That’s not bullying. Just say, Yeah, she’s my mom. She wiped my ass,’ she jokes.
On finding love with Rich Paul: ‘Rich just incredibly arrived. I don’t feel anxious or nervous or frazzled. It’s quite the opposite. It’s wild. I’m a 33-year-old divorced mother of a son, who’s actually in charge. The last thing I need is someone who doesn’t know where they’re at, or what they want. I know what I want. And I really know what I don’t want.’
On her weight loss: ‘It was because of my anxiety. Working out, I would just feel better. It was never about losing weight, it was always about becoming strong and giving myself as much time every day without my phone. I got quite addicted to it. I work out two or three times a day. So I do my weights in the morning, then I normally hike or I box in the afternoon, and then I go and do my cardio at night. I was basically unemployed when I was doing it. And I do it with trainers.’
On reconnecting with her father: ‘We actually got our peace, again contrary to reports. I played him my album just a week before he passed, over Zoom. One thing that definitely happened in my divorce was that it humanised my parents for me. Big time. I went to hell and back! And in that I found the peace to forgive him. He was ready to go and he lasted a long time with it. So thank you.’
On Amy Winehouse: ‘I got really famous right as Amy Winehouse died. And we watched her die right in front of our eyes. It really offended me. I picked up the guitar because of Amy’s first album. She means the most to me out of all artists. Because she was British. Because she was amazing. Because she was tortured. Because she was so funny.’
On winner her 2017 Grammy over Beyoncé: ‘My personal opinion is that Beyoncé definitely should have won. I just said to her, like, the way that the Grammys works, and the people who control it at the very, very top – they don’t know what a visual album is. They don’t want to support the way that she’s moving things forward with her releases and the things that she’s talking about.’