Adele Laurie Blue Adkins is a 32-year-old British singer-songwriter with a total of 15 Grammy wins under her name. Adele’s commercial success is considered to be one of the greatest of all times. With one of the most powerful voices, Adele is truly ruling the industry.
Quick Facts about Adele
Full Name: Adele Laurie Blue Adkins
Birthday: May 5, 1988 (32-year-old)
Place of Birth: Tottenham, London, UK
Zodiac Sign: Taurus
Height: 5′ 9″ (176 cm)
Popular as: Singer
Who is Adele?
Adele Laurie Blue Adkins popularly known as Adele is one of the most successful British singer-songwriter in history. She was born in Tottenham, London, on May 5, 1988. With an unsurpassed list of awards under her name, Adele has won at least nine Brit Awards, an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, fifteen Grammy Awards, eighteen Billboard Music Awards, five American Music Awards, and two Ivor Novello Awards for Songwriter of the Year.
Early Life & Childhood
Adele was raised by her mother, Penny Adkins after her father left them when she was just four years old. She grew up close to her mom who encouraged her young daughter “to explore, and not to stick with one thing.” At an early age, she developed a passion for music listening to artists like Lauryn Hill, Mary J.Blige, and Destiny’s Child.
Although, Adele considers that her true “awakening” came at the age of 15 when she stumbled upon a collection of Etta James and Ella Fitzgerald records at a local shop. Referring to the time, she told The Telegraph in a 2008 interview, “There was no musical heritage in our family. Chart music was all I ever knew. So when I listened to the Ettas and the Ellas, it sounds so cheesy, but it was like an awakening. I was like, oh, right, some people have proper longevity and are legends. I was so inspired that as a 15-year-old I was listening to music that had been made in the ’40s.”
Adele graduated from the BRIT School for Performing Arts & Technology in Croydon in 2006, with fellow singer Leona Lewis and Jessie J as her classmates.
During her school days, Adele was focused on going into A&R side of the music industry and had no plans of launching her own music career. She had recorded a three-song demo part as a part of her class project which a friend posted on Myspace that led to her online popularity. As a result of her online popularity, Richard Russell from XL Recordings contacted her, and she signed with them in September 2006.
Adele’s debut song was released in 2007, named “Hometown Glory”. Not long after, she released her debut album “19”, a huge critical and commercial success for the singer. The album became certified gold in early 2009 by the RIAA and had sold 2.2 million copies worldwide by July 2009. Marking the firsts of her many upcoming wins, she won Best New Artist and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance at the 51st Annual Grammy Awards in February 2009.
Adele released her second album “21” in early 2011. The album reached number one in over 30 countries. “21” includes some of her biggest smashing numbers like “Someone Like You” and “Rolling in the Deep”. Both singles topped multiple charts making them major hits. “21” became popular that by December 2011, it has sold over 3.4 million copies in the UK alone, and became the biggest selling album of the 21st century at the time, overtaking the record set by Amy Winehouse’s album “Back to Black.” Adele ruled the music awards that season, winning three awards at the 2011 American Music Awards and six awards at the 2012 Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year, Record of the Year, and Song of the Year.
Following her break, Adele took a brief break from performing during which she worked on musical material. In November 2015, she made her comeback with her third studio album “25.” It was the best-selling album of 2015 with a sale of 17.4 million copies. She also went on tour in 2016 for the first time since 2011. For the North American leg of the tour, over 10 million people attempted to purchase tickets, although only 750,000 were available.
Adele’s Movies & Shows
Adele has played a musical part in the popular movie “Skyfall.” She is credited to have composed the theme song for “Skyfall,” the 23rd James Bond film. The title song, also called “Skyfall,” has sold more than 5 million copies around the world. It also earned Adele a Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song, an Academy Award for Best Original Song, and a Grammy Award for Best Song Written for Visual Media.
12 years after Adele made her debut on Saturday Night Live she returned to the American show to take on the hosting duties. SNL had announced that the British singer will be delivering the opening monologue and participating in a few skits. The highlight of her appearance was her first public appearance since her dramatic weight loss that had been in the talks for months by then.
Adele’s Awards & Achievements
Adele has been nominated for 18 Grammys and has bagged a total of 15 at the awards ceremonies in 2009, 2012 and 2017. She also received an Oscar for writing the James Bond track “Skyfall.”
In 2009, Adele took home Best New Artist. In addition, the album earned the singer the distinction of being named the “Sound of 2008” by the BBC. That same year, she earned the Critics’ Choice prize at the BRIT Awards.
In 2012, Adele had another sweeping win at the Grammy Awards, taking home six wins, including Album of the Year. “This record is inspired by something that is really normal and everyone’s been through it—just a rubbish relationship,” she said at the ceremony while receiving her award.
In 2013, Adele won her seventh Grammy (Best Pop Solo Performance) for her hit single “Set Fire to the Rain.” The same year, the singer won a Golden Globe and an Academy Award for “Skyfall,” the theme song for the 2013 James Bond film with the same name.
Adele performed the ballad “All I Ask,” co-written by Bruno Mars at the 58th Annual Grammys, in 2016. She went on to give a stellar performance while dealing with technical glitches from the accompanying piano. She returned to the Grammy’s stage in 2017 to pay her tribute to George Michael by singing his song “Fastlove.” She had to start over her performance saying: “I’m sorry — I can’t mess this up for him.”
At the same awards she received five wins for her work on 25, including album, record and song of the year, as well as Best Pop Solo Performance and Best Pop Vocal Album. With her historic wins, Adele became the first artist in Grammy history to sweep the top three categories twice.
Adele’s Personal Life & Family
Adele doesn’t have a long list of partners, but her relationships sure have been an inspiration behind some of her greatest songs.
Adele and Alex Sturrock
Adele dated photohgrapher Alex Sturrock between 2008 and 2009. Adele had referred to Alex Sturrock as “the love of my life.” He is also believed to be the inspiration behind her album ’21’ According to Heat magazine, “Adele relied on him a lot, he was her best mate as well as her boyfriend and he was very protective of her. She’d say no-one knew her like he did”
Following Adele and Alex Sturrock’s breakup, she found out that Alex was already engaged to someone else – inspiring one of her biggest hit songs, ‘Someone Like You’
Speaking to the Sun, Adele revealed, “I expected too much. I was needy, I was jealous even though I’m not a jealous person. I was feeling pretty miserable and pretty lonely. I was on my knees really.”
Adele and Tinnie Tempah
In 2011, Adele was spotted on a dinner date with rapper Tinnie Tempah. Adele and Tinnie Tempah were found discreetly leaving the Beverly Hills restaurant Katsyua together. Both artists shared a successful music career with several Brits and Grammy Awards between them.
However, Tinnie Tempah later shut down all speculations claiming that they just had a “great friendship.”
Adele and Simon Konecki
Adele and Simon Konecki got married in 2016 and share a six year old boy, Angelo. She was introduced to the 45-year-old Charity CEO, Simon Konecki by their mutual friend Ed Sheeran. Ed however denied that this was true.
Adele and Simon Konecki were married for 7 years when they announced their split in 2019. Adele’s representatives released a statement saying, “Adele and her partner have separated. They are committed to raising their son together lovingly. As always they ask for privacy. There will be no further comment.”
Adele had publicly addressed Simon Konecki as her “husband” during her 2017 Grammy awards acceptance speech. Speaking to Vanity fair, she called her marriage to Simon as “the most serious relationship I’ve ever been in.”
Simon Konecki had been married for four years before he started dating Adele. She was forced to speak on the issue when Adele was rumoured to be the reason behind his divorce.
In 2020, it was revealed that Adele did not have pre nuptial agreement with ex-husband Simon Konecki, which meant she would be hooked on an extremely large divorce settlement and a messy separation. Adele and Simon Konecki’s primary residence for legal purposes during the marriage was the state of California in the United States. In California, an ex-spouse is entitled to 50% of all income and assets generated during the marriage. Adele was rumored to have earned around $200 million before taxes during their married years.
Adele and Skepta
Adele sparked dating rumors with rapper and producer Skepta after her split with Simon. She took her fans by surprise when the news of her speculated romance with the fellow Tottenham native started circulating, right after her divorce. Adele and Skepta (real name : Joseph Junior Adenuga Jr.) were even spotted celebrating his birthday together. The Sun reported that “Adele and Skepta have been there for each other a lot after both their relationships split up.”
“They have a close bond and the’re definitely a special connection”
In 2016, Skepta told ES Magazine, “Adele texts me all the time and keeps me in check.”
“She speaks to me about how things are going.”
Adele and Skepta added to the speculations when she posted a pic of Skepta with the caption “Tottenham boy” alongside a heart emoji. Skepta retweeted it writing, “love you” with a rose emoji.
While Adele was married, Skepta was rumored to be dating supermodel Naomi Campbell. He also has a daughter named River, born in 2018. The identity of River’s mother is unknown.
Just when we got our hopes up, Adele shut down the rumors when she referred to herself as a “single cat lady” during her appearance on SNL, in October.
Adele’s Net worth
Adele is one of the most popular and successful British singer-songwriter in recent years. Over the decade between 2009 and 2019, she earned over $400 million, majorly through record sales and concert performances. As of 2020, Adele’s net worth is of $190 million.
Adele’s debut studio album “19” received great critical and commercial success upon its release. The album was certified gold in early 2009 by the RIAA and had sold 2.2 million copies worldwide by July 2009.
It was followed by the release of her second album “21” which became so popular that by December 2011, it has sold over 3.4 million copies in the UK alone, and became the biggest selling album of the 21st century at the time, overtaking the record set by Amy Winehouse’s album “Back to Black.” Adele’s third album, “25” was again the best-selling album in 2015 selling over 17.4 million copies. Adele’s work in Skyfall was also one of her most notable musical works selling about 5 million copies.
Adele has sold more than 100 million records worldwide.
- Adele started singing at a very young age of just 4.
- Adele was 8 months pregnant when she recorded a song for the 2012 movie “Skyfall”.
- Adele has named her albums “19”, “21” and “25” after the ages they were written at.
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