Adele and Husband Simon Konecki Split: A Look Back at Their Extremely Private Relationship
The couple announced Friday that they had separated
Despite their decision to end their marriage, a rep for the Grammy winner, 30, says the former couple is “committed to raising their son together lovingly,” according to the Associated Press.
Adele and Konecki welcomed Angelo on Oct. 19, 2012.
Over the years, Adele (born Adele Adkins) has remained a prominent figure in music, gaining a reputation as the reigning queen of chart-topping sadness.
Though fans of the “Hello” crooner have watched Adele’s career reach new heights, she’s kept her personal life extremely private.
Thirteen years Adele’s senior, Konecki was something of a wunderkind. He grew up in New York and moved to London when he was 10, studying at the prestigious Eton College for two years. He became a foreign exchange broker at 17 and was a power player at Lehman Brothers by 24. He left Lehman in 2005 to found the eco-friendly water brand Life Water and its charity, drop4drop, which brings clean water to developing countries across the world.
Previously married to a stylist, Konecki got divorced in 2008. Konecki and Adele met in 2011, and she first addressed their relationship in a since-deleted post on her blog around January 2012.
Some of Konecki’s relatives live in Boca Raton, Florida, and he and Adele were spotted going on an airboat ride through the Everglades that same month. In June of that year, she announced on her blog that the pair were expecting a child together.
Adele remained cagey about their relationship and their child for some time, pointedly refusing to share Angelo’s name with the press.
In 2015 in a rare move, she opened up to 60 Minutes Australia, saying, “It’s only because of [Konecki] and because of our kid and stuff that I’m all right.”
She added that despite being supportive, Konecki generally isn’t too invested in her music, though he did enjoy her most recent album, 25. “He cares about me more than anything, but he doesn’t care about the style of music that I make and stuff like that. He just loved it.”
The small family has lived a quiet life, spending time between her native London and Beverly Hills, where they bought a home in 2016.
“The reason her relationship works with Simon is because they are on the same page,” a source told PEOPLE at the time. “Their priority is their son, and Adele loves being a mother. Angelo is a very happy little boy.”
One romantic gesture from Konecki got an unusual bit of publicity in October 2016. Typically, Adele’s concerts end with attendees being showered with confetti printed with lyrics from her ballads “Rolling in the Deep and “When We Were Young,” but in honor of the pair’s fifth anniversary, Konecki somehow managed to slip in pink confetti adorned with handwritten love notes.
Adele’s reticence to discuss the relationship continued for quite some time until she talked to Vanity Fair for their December 2016 cover story, telling them: “All of my relationships are more important to me than any tour I’ll ever do. If my relationship with Simon or my relationship with Angelo started to flounder a bit now, I would pull out of my tour.”
She went on to call the pair’s romance “the most serious relationship I’ve ever been in.”
“He’s not threatened by any stage of my life that I’m going for, and that’s an amazing thing,” she added.
In the same interview, Adele addressed the key difference between Konecki and other men she dated after making it big. Others “were so insecure about themselves. They couldn’t handle it at all.”
Konecki, by contrast, “is already who he is.”
“He’s confident,” she added. “He’s perfect.”
In January 2017, Adele sparked rumors she and Konecki had married when she was photographed with a band on her left ring finger.
The singer went on to hint at their marriage the following month at the Grammys as she accepted the album of the year award for her smash album 25: “Grammys, I appreciate it, the Academy, I love you, my manager, my husband and my son — you’re the only reason I do it.”
She finally confirmed they had wed at a March 2017 concert in Brisbane, where she told the audience: “I’m married now.”