Monday, November 28, 2016

Adele's secret love and the battle to protect her son as she sky-rocketed to £200million fortune

From humble beginnings Adele has risen to national treasure
status thanks to her down to earth attitude despite her
riches and celebrity profile.

In the final part of an exclusive three-part series renowned
celebrity author Sean Smith lifts the lid on the worldwide
phenomenon which is Adele. Read the first part here.

Sean talked to those close to her and has created the
definitive account of her life, from the gritty streets of
Tottenham through her rise to fame, right up to today as one
of most successful singers on the planet.

Adele was exhausted after a transatlantic flight that she
hated, was struggling with a bout of sniffles and was trying
to calm her now familiar nerves.

It was hardly an ideal preparation for a 19-year-old about to
perform the most important gig of her life to date.

One of the ways she handles her anxiety is to chat away in
the manner which has since become her trademark.

She walked on stage at Joe’s Pub in Manhattan and declared
in a broad London accent, ‘Forgive me if I start coughing up
or something during a song,’ which she followed with her
inimitable chuckle and the audience of just 184 prospective
fans and record company executives were already half in love
with her.

It was a gamble to try breaking the US at a time when her
debut album 19 had reached number one and she had
collected her first BRIT the previous month.

Joe’s was an intimate venue, renowned for giving new acts a
showcase. Any doubts about Adele were soon dispelled.

Armed with just a guitar, a single spotlight and her matchless
voice you could hear a pin drop as she charmed her American
audience – just as she has done ever since.

Shanta Thake, the programme director at Joe’s, observed,
‘When she opened her mouth to sing, we were like, “What is
happening here?!” Seeing her live was, like, a phenomenon.’

The executives were so impressed that negotiations were
swiftly concluded for a recording contract with Columbia.

She appeared at Joe’s again the following night and signed
her US deal in her dressing room before the concert.

Unsurprisingly, Adele was becoming a wealthy young woman.
The following month, in April 2008, she set up her first
company, Melting Stone Ltd, in which she was the sole
shareholder, director and company secretary.

She had total control. In its first year, company turnover was
£1.2 million with a net profit of £562,000 – not bad for a 20
year old from West Norwood.

Adele had an old head and a young heart. Just when
everything was going smoothly, she fell properly in love for
the first time.

He was ten years older, cultured and artistic and more likely
to suggest what book she should read than what topping she
should have on her pizza.

Adele is a very smart woman and he sparked her interest in
film and literature, food and wine, travel, politics and history.

Quite simply, she was besotted and spent a happy summer
drinking too much red wine and watching the Al Pacino films
she loved on the TV together in the flat she was now renting
above a shop in Notting Hill.

No comments:

Post a Comment