If there’s one A-list celebrity we would really like to be BFFs with, it’s Adele. For most of us, it’s almost like we’ve grown up with her – from the Hometown Glory days in 2007 when she was just 19 through to her third studio album 25 via an impossibly catchy Bond hit and one unforgettable Glastonbury headline slot – it’s safe to say everyone and their nan loves Adele, and would all love to go for a pint with her.
Which is why we were excited when rumour had it (sorry) that Adele was romantically involved with Rich Paul, a US sports agent who represents various prominent NBA players, from LeBron James to Trae Young and Ben Simmons (Maya Jama‘s new boyfriend). Particularly after her divorce from Simon Konecki – with whom she shares an eight-year-old son, Angelo Adkins – was finalised in March 2021, we love to see Adele looking happy again.
And now the pair have seemingly confirmed their romance. Here’s a timeline of their relationship so far.
31st May: Rich teases that he’s dating a ‘major pop star’
As per Page Six, Rich revealed that he’s been ‘hanging out’ with a ‘major pop star’ in an interview with the New Yorker. While Adam Mendelsohn, Paul’s advisor, reportedly told the interviewer her name, the writer didn’t include it in the piece.
“She was over yesterday,” Paul says in the piece. When asked what they were doing, Paul replied: “Hanging out”, before clarifying: “I’m not dating, I’m single. Put that in the story.”
18th July: Adele and Rich are first seen together IRL
Adele and Rich were first seen together at Game Five of the NBA Finals. Snaps of the pair sat next to each other circulate like wildfire online with many referring to Adele as ‘Rich Paul’s girlfriend’, but there’s nothing concrete to confirm that the pair are romantically involved. Saying that, their closeness and that super-happy grin on Adele’s face are giving us serious date vibes.
On 20th July, an unnamed ‘insider’ reportedly tells Page Six: “They are [definitely] dating”.
24th July: The pair appear to confirm their romance on a date in NYC
Adele and Rich seem to confirm their romance on a date at Italian restaurant Cipriani in NYC. In photos obtained by The Sun which are described as ‘flirty’, Paul seems to be acting affectionately towards her, and reportedly ‘stroked her back and put his arm around her for a cuddle’.
We’d love to see Adele confirm the relationship on her own terms soon. We’ll keep you posted.