Adele opened up about the heartbreak her late alcoholic father caused her and the exact moment she knew she was not happy in her marriage during an interview with Oprah as part of the two-hour CBS special ‘Adele One Night Only.’
The 15th Grammy winner confessed to Oprah that she felt embarrassed when it dawned on her that a divorce from entrepreneur Simon Konecki was inevitable, but added that Konecki was the person she respected the most and they were still great friends.
‘I take marriage very seriously and it seems like I don’t…That’s what it should be. When we have kids, we stay together, and I tried. I was so disappointed for my son, I was so disappointed for myself,’ she said.
The singer wiped away tears as she talked about her reconcilement with her estranged father, shortly before his death in May.
‘My dad’s absolute lack of presence and effort…But I finally understood that it was the alcohol,’ she said.
‘Nothing as scary as what I’ve been through in the past two years behind closed doors,’ she added.
The singer said she was in a shooting for a ‘boujee magazine,’ when, for the first time, she said out loud what she had been feeling for a long period of time.
‘I just said it. I am really not happy. I’m not living, I’m just plugging along,’ Adele said she told a friend before filing for divorce in 2019.
The special also showed Adele in a Schiaparelli Ans dress singing her heartfelt lyrics to a famous audience.
Celebrities such as Gordon Ramsey, Melissa McCarthy, Gabrielle Union and Ellen DeGeneres were in attendance at the performance in the Los Angeles Griffith Observatory.
‘I just said it. I am really not happy. I’m not living, I’m just plugging along,’ Adele said she told a friend before filing for divorce in 2019
After Oprah touched on Adele’s ‘interesting relationship’ with alcohol, the singer said her father’s death had made an impact in her lifestyle
The hardest part, Adele said, was explaining the divorce to her son Angelo
The hardest part, Adele said, was explaining the divorce to her son Angelo.
She said: ‘The hardest part, trying to explain to a six-year-old that I do love him [Konecki] I’m just not in love with him.’
The 33-year-old artist said she stills spends a lot of time with her ex-husband and that he is a pivotal part of her life. She also offered insight into the many changes that fans have noticed in her life in the recent years.
After Oprah touched on Adele’s ‘interesting relationship’ with alcohol, the singer said her father’s death had made an impact in her lifestyle.
‘It [ Alcohol] took my dad from me,’ Adele said. ‘Once I realized I had to do a lot to work on myself, I stopped drinking and started working out a lot.’
Adele’s estranged father, Mark Evans, died in May at the age of 57 after a long battle with bowel cancer.
She said she met with her father in Wales shortly before his death, and got closure after the heartbreak she suffered as a little girl due to Evan’s absence in her life.
‘My dad’s absolute lack of presence and effort. But I finally understood that it was the alcohol,’ she said.
Adele sang her heartfelt lyrics including Hello, Easy on Me, Skyfall, When We Were Young
The mother-of-one defended her change in appearance and added that the way she looks does not determine whether she’s body positive or not
Adele said her father’s absence when she was a child had shaped the way she navigated relationships as an adult, and made her hurt her partners as a defense mechanism to avoid being hurt herself.
‘I hurt the first, not in a malicious way, but protect herself,’ she said.
Adele admitted that she got some closure when her father was able to understand how he hurt her by listening to her songs when they met before he died.
The British singer told Oprah that the only expectations she has for her 9-year-old son Angelo is for him to be a good person.
Adele also addressed her highly publicized change in appearance, and talked about her struggle with anxiety and how it affected her life.
The mother-of-one defended her change and added that the way she looks does not determine whether she’s body positive or not.
‘I was body positive then and I’m body positive now. It’s not my job to validate [anyone],’ she said.
She added that she occasionally eats fast food and her diet is not restricted.
The special also showed Adele singing her heartfelt lyrics to a famous audience, with celebrities such as Gordon Ramsey, Melissa McCarthy, Gabrielle Union and Ellen DeGeneres in attendance at the performance in the Los Angeles Griffith Observatory