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The only thing that could possibly be more exciting than attending an Adele concert would probably be having the superstar, Grammy Award-winning artist serenade you directly.
That’s a claim that Adele’s boyfriend Rich Paul can now lay claim to as the 34-year-old musician surprised him over the weekend during one of her Las Vegas residency shows by singing happy birthday directly to him from the stage. Fans, of course, captured the 41st birthday wishes on camera.
@Adele singing Happy Birthday to @RichPaul4 @AdeleAccess @AdeleResidency #daydreamer #Adele #WeekendsWithAdele pic.twitter.com/CIRulY2U64December 17, 2022
"I love you more than life itself," Adele, whose Vegas residency includes a 'magical' stage exit, is heard saying in the clip before launching into a heartfelt rendition of the classic happy birthday song accompanied by the entire audience.
Just a couple of weeks ago, the mother-of-one celebrated a "divorce party" at a Las Vegas show after "traumatic" marriage breakdown from former partner Simon Konecki.
After growing visibly emotional during a performance of her hit song Someone Like You, the British singer learned that one of the audience members was celebrating her divorce alongside 13 friends. At that point, Adele chose to share her own experience.
"I know all about broken hearts," she said, likely referring to her split from ex-husband Simon. Adele's divorce from the charity CEO was finalized in 2021, two years after the couple separated. She has since found love with US sports agent, Rich, and continues to co-parent her 10-year-old son, Angelo, with Simon.
"I got a bit emotional earlier, now I’m really crying. I have tears running down my cheeks," Adele said to her fans. "You bringing all your friends is so moving to me. Relationships falling apart, whether you’re married or not, it’s really difficult – it’s really traumatic."
What’s more, Adele also got candid about mental health on stage, telling the crowd that she was going through "five therapy sessions a day" while going through the "traumatic" breakup.
The star is, clearly, in a better place nowadays, busy with her much-anticipated Weekends with Adele residency, which kicked off in November after last-minute COVID-19-related postponements back in January of 2022.
"Thank you so much for coming back to me," the artist said during one of her shows. "It looks just like I imagined it would, it's just perfect, thank you."
As for her relationship with Rich, the two were first spotted courtside at an NBA game in the summer of 2021. Since then, the two have made a number of public appearances at sports events (he is an agent, whose clients include NBA legend LeBron James, after all!) and eventually made their relationship Instagram official.
In January, reports about the couple moving in together started circulating with some revealing that Adele herself had put an offer on Sylver Stallone's old mansion. In May the deal was basically made official when Adele posted a picture of the front of her new house with her and Rich posing in front of it, each one holding a pair of keys.
Anna Rahmanan is a New York-based writer and editor who covers culture, entertainment, food, fashion and travel news. Anna’s words have appeared on Time Out New York, the Huffington Post, Fortune, Forbes, Us Weekly, Bon Appetit and Brooklyn Magazine, among other outlets.
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