Adele hopes new album will help son Angelo understand why she divorced his dad

By Emma Gritt

Adele famously charts her big life moments in her music - and forthcoming release 30 has been written with her son in mind.

The 33-year-old singer spoke to Vogue ahead of the release of her fourth album and explained that she hopes that one day in the future her son Angelo, nine, will listen to it and understand why she left and divorced his dad.

Thirty was a pinnacle point in Adele's life as it was the age that she married and divorced.

She said: "We got married when I was 30… and then I left. When I was 30, my entire life fell apart and I had no warning of it."

Adele split from water charity boss Simon Konecki in 2019 - a year after they wed - and their divorce was finalised earlier this year.

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She spoke to Vogue about how much it hurt her to confuse her son (British Vogue: Steven Meisel)
Adele and her ex, Simon Konecki, were together for seven years and married for less than one (Richard Young/REX/Shutterstock)

And like a lot of children, their son struggled to grasp why his family unit was changing.

She told the fashion mag: "I wanted to explain to him through this record, when he's in his twenties or thirties, who I am and why I voluntarily chose to dismantle his entire life in the pursuit of my own happiness.

"It made him really unhappy sometimes. And that's a real wound for me that I don't know if I'll ever be able to heal."

Adele said her son has asked her lots of innocent questions including why she and Konecki can’t continue to be together. She has tried to tell him why and recorded voice notes of the explanations, a snippet of one will even feature on the new album.

In a bid to be the best parents possible, Konecki has bought a house over the road from Adele in Los Angeles so that “nothing changes” for their son.

Adele also explained that she was too "embarrassed" to speak too much about their painful split, but did say that she feared becoming miserable.

She has found love with sports agent Rich Paul (Getty Images)

“It just wasn’t right for me any more. I didn’t want to end up like a lot of other people I knew. I wasn’t miserable miserable, but I would have been miserable had I not put myself first," she said. "But, yeah, nothing bad happened or anything like that.”

Adele was disappointed they couldn’t make the relationship work, mainly for their son Angelo. She added: “I was embarrassed. I was really embarrassed. That thing of not being able to make something work.

“We’ve been trained as women to keep trying, even by the movies we watched when we were little. At the time it broke my heart, but I actually find it so interesting now. How we’re told to suck it up.”

Thankfully she has since met someone new who has been able to give her the happiness she's been looking for.

Fans are also in for a dose of happiness when she releases her new single, Easy On Me, this Friday.

Adele posted a brief black and white video on her Twitter and Instagram pages on Tuesday, with the caption “Easy On Me - October 15” which featured music but none of her vocals, which we will have to wait to hear next week.

Adele covers the November issues of British and American Vogue and the interview can be read here.


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