Adele recently opened up about her divorce from Simon Konecki and her new album in an exclusive Oprah interview. The 33-year-old said that her new album, 30, is dedicated to her 9-year-old son. And she hopes that it will explain all her actions surrounding her split.
“The whole album is not about him, it’s about me and I just wanted for him to hear me talking madly deeply about who I am and how I feel,” she said. “I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to have that conversation with him in real life, so therefore he can go and listen to it.”
The interview aired last night and was accompanied by an exclusive pre-recorded concert called Adele’s One Night Only. The concert, which was recorded by CBS at the LA’s Griffith Observatory in front of a live audience, was one of the first public performances for Adele post pandemic.
According to the singer, her new album was written in real time while she was dealing with her divorce and all the anxiety that came with it.
The typically private singer used her interviews with Oprah and Vogue and her new album to open up about her life. While Adele has not labeled 30 a “divorce album,” she has said that it is more personal then her other works.
Adele said, “It’s sensitive for me, this record, just in how much I love it,” she explained. “I always say that 21 doesn’t belong to me anymore. Everyone else took it into their hearts so much. I’m not letting go of this one. This is my album.”
Adele and Simon Konecki started dating in 2011, right around the time when Adele’s 21 album along with her song Hello, blew up. The British singer said that at such a young age she wasn’t sure how to deal with all the sudden fame, that was until Konecki came into her life.
“I could have easily have gone down some dodgy paths … and sort of self-destructed from sort of being so overwhelmed by all of it, and he came in, and he was stable, the most stable person I have ever had in my life up until that point,” said Adele.
Even after their divorce, the singer still credits her ex-husband with saving her life. Adele said that Simon Konecki is still an important person in her life and that she considers Konecki and her son to be like angels sent to her.
In 2012, the couple publicly announced their relationship and also celebrated the birth of their son, Angelo. They later got married in 2018 before divorcing two years later. Their split was announced in April 2019.
According to the singer, she was the one who filed for divorce, which was finalized in May 2021. Adele has admitted that she was unhappy in her marriage and that she needed to do something for herself.
The singer explained that one of the reasons she tried to stay in her marriage was because she was obsessed with the idea of a nuclear family growing up and didn’t want her son to grow up in a separated home. It took her a while to realize that what she really wanted was for her son to see her happy and in love.
“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,” she said. “I’ve been on my journey to find my true happiness ever since.”
Since their divorce, the couple shares custody of their son. They even live across the street from each other so Angelo can be involved in both of their lives. According to sources, the three of them regularly enjoy movie nights together.
Adele even admitted to talking more about the divorce with her son, even though it was difficult to discuss complicated topics with someone so young. She said that trying to explain to him how she loved Konecki, but was not “in love” with him, didn’t get across that well to a then-6-year-old.
“If I can reach the reason why I left, which was the pursuit of my own happiness, even though it made Angelo really unhappy — if I can find that happiness and he sees me in that happiness, then maybe I’ll be able to forgive myself for it,” she said in her Nov. 2021 Vogue interview.
Since her divorce, the 33-year-old has started dating Rich Paul. Adele said that this is one of her first relationships when she feels truly in love. During her interview, she gushed about her boyfriend and said, “He is hilarious. He’s so funny… And very, very smart — it’s quite watching him do what he does. And just the easiness of it. It’s just been very smooth.”
The couple made their relationship Instagram official back in September.