Could Adele have tied the knot with her boyfriend Rich Paul? (Pictures: Allen J Schaben/Los Angeles Times/REX/Shutterstock/REUTERS)
Adele reigned supreme at the 2022 Brit Awards, coming away with three big wins on the night celebrating the best of British music.
The 33-year-old singer received the awards for album, artist, and song of the year for the release of her latest album, 30, and the single Easy On Me.
Looking elegant in a velvet black gown, there was one addition to Adele’s wardrobe that has got everyone talking.
As the Rolling in the Deep singer took to the red carpet, fans were quick to notice that she was sporting a large rock on her ring finger, sparking rumours that she has secretly tied the knot with boyfriend Rich Paul.
But who is Adele’s boyfriend-turned-potential-fiancé? Here is all you need to know about Rich Paul.
Who is Rich Paul?
American sports agent Rich, 39, is regarded as one of the most powerful men in sport.
Adele and Rich were spotted at the NBA Finals (Picture: Christian Petersen/Getty)
He owns a super successful agency, which manages LeBron James, among other NBA basketball players.
It’s reported Rich first met LeBron in 2002, when he worked at Creative Artists Agency, under the sportsperson’s then-agent Leon Rose.
He went on to found Klutch Sports in 2012, which is based in Los Angeles. Other clients include Anthony Davis, Ben Simmons, Draymond Green, and Lonzo Ball.
Rich is also in the process of writing his memoir, called Lucky Me, which he hopes will ‘uplift and inspire those who lived this and educate those who didn’t’.
Off the back of his successful career managing some of the biggest sports stars, it’s been reported Rich is worth an estimated $100 million (£74m).
He’s also active on social media, with more than 365,000 followers on Instagram where he mainly posts about his various clients.
How long have Adele and Rich Paul been together?
Adele and Rich have been together since spring 2021, months after her divorce from Simon Konecki was finalised.
As rumours swirled that the pair were dating, they went Instagram official after they attended the lavish wedding of NBA player Anthony Davis in September, where Adele shared a photo of the pair to social media.
Prior to the wedding, Adele and Rich had only been spotted together once, sitting courtside at the NBA Finals, in July.
In a recent profile with Rolling Stone, the singer revealed she met Rich on a dancefloor at a mutual friend’s birthday party years ago – before they reconnected in spring, around the time her father, Mark Evans, died.
Adele has been with Rich Paul since Spring 2021 (Pictue: Karwai Tang)
While she doesn’t remember which song they danced to, Adele said she assumes it was something by Drake.
Shortly before he was pictured with Adele for the first time, the businessman hinted he had been spending time with her in an interview with the New Yorker.
The father-of-three said: ‘She was over yesterday’, with the writer saying he dropped the name of a ‘major popstar’, and when asked what they were doing, he replied ‘hanging out’.
Speaking to Oprah for her special, Adele said her relationship with the 39-year-old is the first time she’s ‘loved myself and been open to loving and being loved by someone else’.
She added: ‘It’s just timing. But it’d be interesting to see what my reaction is like in general to anything that hurts me now that I feel so secure in myself, and I’m talking outside of romance as well.’
Adele is smitten with Rich Paul (Picture: REUTERS)
In her ITV special – An Audience With Adele – which aired last year, the singer heaped praise on her beau, saying: ‘He’s just hilarious. Oh, he’s so funny, he’s hilarious, yeah. And very smart.
‘You know, he’s very, very smart. It’s quite incredible watching him do what he does. And just the easiness of it. It’s just been very smooth.’
When did Adele split with Simon Konecki?
Adele is on good terms with ex-husband Simon Konecki (Picture: Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
Adele was married to charity entrepreneur Simon who she began dating in 2011 and they welcomed their son Angelo the following year.
However, it was announced that they had separated in April 2019, and their divorce was finalised earlier this year.
The pair remain close, though, and charity CEO Simon – who lives across the road from Adele and Angelo – was reportedly in attendance at Adele’s performance at Griffith Conservatory, along with their son.
Adele told Oprah: ‘I think Simon probably saved my life, to be honest. He came at such a moment, whereas the stability that him and Angelo have given me, no one else would ever have been able to give me, like, especially at the time in my life. I was so young and I just think I got a bit lost in all of it.
‘He came in and was stable. The most stable person I’ve ever had in my life up until that point, even now I trust him with my life.’
She also dedicated her recent Brits win to both her son and Simon, saying that the album is their shared story.
‘I would like to dedicate this award to my son and to Simon, his dad. This was all of our journeys,’ she said.
‘Not just mine. I am very proud of myself for sticking to my guns and putting an album out that was about something so personal to me because not many people do stuff like that any more.
‘My son has been so gracious. So gracious and kind and patient with me over the last couple of years. It is for him.’
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