A "couple of years" ago
In a special CBS interview with Oprah Winfrey in 2021, aptly titled Adele One Night Only, the singer explained she and 39-year-old Paul met at a birthday party on a dance floor. Clearly, it had all the makings of a textbook romance—though things took a while to progress.
Adele explained, "We met a couple years later. We went out for dinner, which he says was a business meeting and I'm like ‘A business meeting about what?'"
Presumably, this was one of the initial meetings which sparked romance rumours earlier in 2021, taking us to the exact time frame of...
He was quick to reiterate that it wasn't anything serious at the time, insisting: "I'm not dating, I'm single. Put that in the story."
Much like many celebrity couples before them, the pair didn't last long before their relationship went public... kind of.
In July, they were spotted attending a basketball match between the Milwaukee Bucks the Phoenix Suns. During the game, Adele and Paul spoke animatedly to each other and certainly looked the image of a budding new romance.
The confirmation was all-but there when US Weekly reported Adele and Paul had been dating "for months". According to an unnamed source, the pair had been travelling between Los Angeles and New York to see each other.
Finally, the humble Instagram soft launch arrived. After attending NBA star Anthony Davis‘ wedding to Marlen P. together, the singer shared several images from the big day—and hidden at the end of her carousel was a sweet picture of Adele and Paul cosied up together in a photobooth.
Now the relationship was out in the open, Adele spoke about her affection for Paul a little more openly. In an interview with Vogue, the mum-of-one explained how Paul makes her feel "safe".
"I don’t feel anxious or nervous or frazzled. It’s quite the opposite. It’s wild. I’m a 33-year-old divorced mother of a son, who’s actually in charge. The last thing I need is someone who doesn’t know where they’re at, or what they want. I know what I want. And I really know what I don’t want."
She added: "I just love being around him. I just love it. He was like, 'What are people going to say?' And I was like, 'That you signed me. As an athlete. You’re my agent.' And he was like, 'OK, cool.'"
During her CBS special with Oprah Winfrey where she spoke about how she and Paul first met, Adele also elaborated on their relationship dynamic.
"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 the best part? Adele said the relationship has only made her more sure of herself.
"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."
We truly love that for her.