Adele's 'embarrassing' divorce was kickstarted after one pivotal moment

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Adele's divorce from Simon Konecki was kickstarted by one pivotal moment - a magazine 'personality test' that the singer-songwriter completed and saw her marriage was crumbling.

The singer-songwriter, who is about to release her new album 30, opened up her heart to Oprah Winfrey in her One Night Only interview which aired last night on CBS, during which she discussed her weight loss, her heartbreak and her new love with new boyfriend Rich Paul.

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Speaking about her decision to get divorced, Adele, 33, whose father left when she was just two years old, admitted she was embarrassed by it.

She explained, "I've been obsessed with a nuclear family my whole life because I never came from one. From a very young age [I] promised myself that, when I had kids, we'd stay together. And I tried for a really, really long time."

But she revealed that taking a 'personality test' in a magazine is what prompted her decision to finally get divorced after less than a year of marriage and an eight-year relationship.

Adele, whose weight loss sparked huge interest last year, said, "One of the questions asked, 'what's something that no-one would ever know about you?', and she blurted out to her friends: 'I'm really not happy. I'm not living, I'm just plodding along'.

"They all gasped," she recalled.

"From there, I was like 'What am I doing? What am I doing it for?'"

She explained, "I take marriage very seriously... and it seems like I don't now," she said, remorsefully.

"Almost like I disrespected it by getting married and then divorced so quickly. I'm embarrassed because it was so quick."

Adele's divorce was finalised earlier this year, after she previously revealed she got married in 2018 and separated later that year.

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LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 12: Adele and Simon Konecki attend The 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 12, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)

Adele who has son Angelo, nine, with her ex-husband Simon, previously opened up on her wound that won't ever heal, and admitted it was the first time he had seen her perform on stage as she belted out some of her best hits and new music at the Griffith Observatory in LA.

During the concert, Adele premiered three new songs listed on the tracklist of her new album, 30 - I Drink Wine, Love Is A Game and Hold On.

Winfrey singled out the latter as a highlight, reciting the lyrics, "I'm such a mess / The harder that I try, I regress / I am my own worst enemy / Right now I truly hate being me."

Adele admitted she often felt that way during her divorce - and her friends would tell her to "hold on".

"It was just exhausting trying to keep going with it. It's a process - the process of a divorce, the process of being a single parent, the process of not seeing your child every single day. [It] wasn't really a plan that I had when I became a mum."

Selina Maycock
Senior Family Writer

Selina is a Senior Family Writer for GoodtoKnow and has more than 16 years years of experience. She specialises in royal family news, including the latest activities of Prince George, Charlotte, Louis, Archie and Lilibet. She also covers the latest government, health and charity advice for families. Selina graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2006 with a degree in Journalism, and gained her NCTJ and NCE qualifications. During her career, she’s also written for Woman, Woman's Own, Woman&Home, and Woman's Weekly as well as Heat magazine, Bang Showbiz - and the Scunthorpe Telegraph. When she's not covering family news, you can find her exploring new countryside walking routes, catching up with friends over good food, or making memories (including award-winning scarecrows!)