Rumor has it the singer is taken at the moment.
Though I don’t know when we can expect Adele’s fourth studio album, I do know Adele’s relationship history will likely influence that album. The singer is the queen of turning heartbreaking experiences into incredible ballads, and she even said her first album was entirely inspired by the end of her first relationship — though she has yet to reveal the identity behind “Mr. 19,” as he’s known among fans.
As Adele explained to The Sun during a January 2008 interview, “I couldn't write songs for ages because I found it really hard writing songs for fun or writing them because someone had invested a lot of money and time in me. I just couldn't do it. And then I met my ex-boyfriend and it was great to begin with and then it was really sh*tty. And then I wrote about 10 songs in about five weeks. I love him still and I got an album out of him. I used him more than he used me.” What a legend.
Here’s who Adele has dated (and perhaps even gotten inspiration from) over the years, from the ex who reportedly inspired 21 to her current rumored romance with sports agent Rich Paul.
Adele’s longest and most serious relationship to date was with Drop4Drop CEO Simon Konecki. The pair first started dating in late 2011, though it wasn’t until January 2012 that Adele confirmed their romance. Six months later, Adele announced they were expecting, and in October 2012, she and Konecki welcomed their son, Angelo. After that, the couple kept a low profile together until March 2017, when Adele finally announced they were married.
Sadly, the marriage was short-lived, and in April 2019, reps for the couple announced their decision to split. "They had a lot in common early on, but eventually they just grew apart," an insider claimed to E! News soon after the news broke. "She became a bigger and bigger star, and he was OK being in the background, but as she got bigger and had massive tours and intense schedules, they just grew apart." By March 2021, their divorce was finalized.
Following her split from Konecki, Adele reportedly started up a romance with Skepta, who’s a longtime friend of hers, with dating rumors first emerging in October 2019. “Adele and Skepta have been there for each other a lot after both their relationships split up. They have a close bond and there's definitely a special connection,” a source claimed to The Sun at the time.
After a year of low-key dating rumors (and flirty IG exchanges), a source for People claimed things were “heating up” between the two, but it wasn’t long before Adele addressed the rumors herself. In an October 2020 IG post, Adele referred to herself as “single,” effectively shutting down any more speculation. Skepta never commented on their rumored romance.
Adele’s latest rumored relationship is with sports agent Rich Paul, who she reportedly began dating in spring 2021. A source claimed to People in July the two had been an item for a “few months” already, and not long after, the maybe-couple attended a basketball game together. Cute!
I don’t know what the future holds for Adele and Paul (or if they’re even an item), but I have a feeling Adele is going to leave fans guessing.