Adele, Family, Biography, Career and Achievements
Adele Biography and Family – Adele Laurie Blue Adkins is a British singer-songwriter who was born on May 5, 1988 in Tottenham, London. She is the first woman in the history of the Billboard top 100 to have three top singles one after the other. She has sold millions of albums worldwide and won a total of 15 Grammys as well as an Oscar.
She has also beaten Madonna’s record for the longest consecutive run at the top of the charts. She was ranked 9 among the 100 Top Celebrities in the year 2016
Mark Evans is the father of Adele but had split up from the family while Adele was a little girl. He was born in Wales in 1962 and was a plumber by occupation.
Penny Susan Adkins is the mother of Adele who was born in 1968. She was just 18 years old when she got pregnant with Adele.
Cameron O’Sullivan is the half-brother of Adele sharing the same father.
Simon Christopher Konecki, a businessman is the partner of Adele. He was born on April 7, 1974 and went to Eton College. His sisters are Victoria Konecki and Alexandra Konecki. His parents Andrew and Rosemary Konecki live in Boca Raton, Florida.
It’s no news that the singer likes to keep her family business private, we managed to dig up a bit of information about them anyway.
Point at an overly emotional female and we will show you the man that gave her some serious daddy issues. In the star’s case, that man is Mark Evans and he’s Adele’s father. Shortly after meeting her mother, they moved in together and had Adele, but by the time she was 9 months old her parents had already separated. At this point, Mark still played a role in her life, although he moved back to Wales. What caused the actual rift between them to grow further was his father’s death.
While speaking to The Sun in 2011, he said,’ My drinking made Oliver Reed look like a teetotaler, I was a rotten father at a time when she really needed me.’
He added, ‘ I was putting away two litres of vodka and seven or eight pints of Stella every day, I drank like that for three years. God only knows how I survived it. I was deeply ashamed of what I’d become and I knew the kindest thing I could do for Adele was to make sure she never saw me in that state.’
They still have a strained relationship, but due to his own encounter with bowel cancer, the same culprit that took his father’s life, Adele’s father claimed that they had patched up their broken relationship. Which is a big deal, because she apparently once claimed that she would spit on him if she saw him on the street.
The two allegedly reconciled while her most recent album, 25, was still in the works, Adele later denied it.
Her name is Penny Susan Adkins and she gave birth to and practically raised the star on her own. Adele’s relationship with her mother is a sharp contrast from the one she has with her dad, she has often referred to her mum as her best friend and she acknowledges her as one of the influences in her life that led to her success.
Adele loves her mom and has often acknowledged her in some of her songs, such as, Hometown Glory, Million Years Ago, and her cover of The Cure’s Lovesong.
That’s not all she has done for her mother though, in February, 2013, Adele gifted her mother with an apartment worth a whopping £600,000.
The star’s husband, Simon Konecki is also the father of her son. The star is a stickler for keeping her business private and as such has tried but failed to keep the fact that she tied the knot with her long time boyfriend a secret, she finally acknowledged the fact that they were hitched during her 2017 Grammy acceptance speech.
The two met through Ed Sheeran in 2011, when she was taking a break from singing due to her throat surgery.
He was a director of EBS, a division of trading giant Icap, before managing teams of senior brokers at Lehman Brothers. At some point he decided that he wasn’t going to work for ‘the man’ anymore, rather he would make the world a better place.
That led to him co founding Life Water, an eco-friendly brand of bottled water in the UK, with his friend Lucas White, which later gave birth to a charity, Drop4Drop, which campaigns to provide clean water in poor countries.
Above all, she tries to keep her little one out of the public eye as much as she can, yes she is a vicious Mama bear and she has the law suit to prove it. She was 7 months pregnant when she announced the news of her pregnancy and after his birth no one knew his name for months as it was very personal to the star.
Little Angelo was born on October 20, 2012 and almost 2 years later, he became the center of some court filled drama. Sometime in July 2014, the star sued paparazzi and won a five-figure sum in damages after they published photographs of her Son the previous summer.
In April 2019, the singer’s representatives revealed that Adele and Konecki had split.
Adele has recorded a total of three studio albums since the beginning of her career in 2008: 19, 21 and 25, Adele’s first two albums, 19 and 21, earned her critical praise and a level of commercial success unsurpassed among her peers. After becoming a mom in 2012, Adele returned to the charts with the ballad “Hello” in 2015, the lead single from what was dubbed her comeback album 25.
In 2017 she won five Grammys for her work on 25, including album, record and song of the year.
Adele’s debut album, 19, which is named for the singer’s age when she began recording the project, went on sale in early 2008. Led by two popular lead singles, “Hometown Glory” and “Chasing Pavements,” the record rocketed Adele to fame.
Released in the United States through Columbia Records, 19 resonated with American audiences, much as it had with British music fans. Adele cemented her commercial success with an appearance in October 2008 on Saturday Night Live. At the taping of the show, the album was ranked No. 40 on iTunes. Less than 24 hours later, it was No. 1.
Adele’s much anticipated follow-up album, 21, again named for her age at the time of recording, did not disappoint upon its release in early 2011. Tapping even deeper into Adele’s appreciation for classic American R&B and jazz, the record was a monster hit, selling 352,000 copies within its first week.
Anchored by hits like “Rolling in the Deep” and “Someone Like You,” 21 placed Adele in rarified air. In February 2011, she found herself with two Top 5 singles and a pair of Top 5 albums in the same week, becoming the only artist besides the Beatles and 50 Cent to achieve that milestone. And with 21 staying at No. 1 for 11 weeks, Adele also broke the solo female artist record previously held by Madonna’s Immaculate Collection for consecutive weeks atop the album charts. 21 went on to sell more than 30 million copies worldwide.
On October 22, 2015, Adele announced that she would release her third album, 25, in November. She posted 25‘s cover on Instagram, and said of her first full-length studio project in several years: “My last record was a break-up record, and if I had to label this one, I would call it a make-up record. Making up for lost time. Making up for everything I ever did and never did. 25 is about getting to know who I’ve become without realizing. And I’m sorry it took so long but, you know, life happened.”
25, released in November 2015, is a collection of emotional, sometimes plaintive songs looking at the ins and outs of relationships, owing much of its sound to traditional pop craft. The album went on to become an international smash hit, reaching No. 1 on iTunes in 110 countries. In the U.S., 25 sold 3.38 million copies in seven days, beating the ‘NSync record of 2.42 million album copies sold in a week. Among other feats, 25 is also the only album to reach a million copies sold in the U.K. in 10 days.
Adele’s Top Songs
“Rolling in the Deep” (2011)
Adele wrote her first No. 1 Billboard single, “Rolling in the Deep,” the day after breaking up with her “first real relationship” that she later said “made me an adult.” From her sophomore album 21, the ballad hit a chord with her listeners, spending seven weeks at the top of the Hot 100 charts beginning on May 21, 2011, as well as 19 weeks at the top spot on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary charts.
Adele’s second song to hit No. 1 was also from the album 21, which Adele said she wrote to help her get over her breakup — reportedly with Alex Sturrock, a 31-year-old photographer. “Someone Like You” spent five weeks at the No. 1 position on the Billboard Hot 100 beginning on September 17, 2011.
On October 23, 2015, Adele released the ballad “Hello,” an epic track that again showcased her soaring voice over classic pop craft. The accompanying visual clip, featuring actor Tristan Wilds as the romantic interest, was directed by up-and-coming filmmaker Xavier Dolan and reportedly became the first music video to be shot with IMAX cameras.
“Hello” debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s pop charts, thus becoming Adele’s fourth chart-topper and making history as the first single to receive more than 1 million downloads in a week’s time. The song remained at No. 1 for multiple weeks in the U.K. as well.
“Set Fire to the Rain” (2012)
Adele’s third consecutive No. 1 song from the album 21, the power ballad “Set Fire to the Rain,” spent two weeks at the Hot 100 spot beginning February 4, 2012. During a live show, the singer explained she got inspiration for the counterintuitive lyrics when her lighter stopped working in the rain.
“Send My Love (To Your New Lover)” (2016)
This track, from Adele’s 2015 album 25, was Adele’s fifth song to hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary charts. It also hit the No. 8 spot on the Hot 100 on September 24, 2016.
“Rumour Has It” (2012)
From Adele’s album 21, “Rumor Has It,” written for Adele by singer-songwriter Ryan Tedder, spent 19 weeks on the Billboard charts, hitting No. 16 on the Hot 100 on May 5, 2012.
The “Skyfall” single, recorded for the James Bond movie of the same name, hit No. 8 on the Hot 100 billboard charts on October 20, 2012.
“When We Were Young” (2016)
Adele’s second single off of 25 was “When We Were Young,” a meditation on looking back and growing older. The song hit No. 14 on the Hot 100 charts on March 5, 2016.
“Chasing Pavements” (2009)
The first of Adele’s songs to hit the Billboard Hot 100, “Chasing Pavements,” the lead single from her debut album, peaked at No. 21 on February 28, 2009. The singer says she wrote the song after an argument with her then-boyfriend in a London club. “It was six in the morning. There was no one chasing me, I wasn’t chasing anyone. I was just running away. I remember saying to myself, ‘What you’re chasing is you’re chasing an empty pavement,'” she said.