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Adele: Happy with new beau Rich Paul, but trusts ex-husband Simon Konecki 'with my life'

Adele performs on her CBS special "Adele One

Adele performs on her CBS special "Adele One Night Only," which aired on Nov. 14, 2021.   Credit: CBS / Cliff Lipson

Grammy- and Academy Award-winning singer Adele says that while she is happy in her relationship with agent Rich Paul, she still trusts her ex-husband "with my life."

"I think Simon probably saved my life, to be honest with you," the English star, 33, told Oprah Winfrey on Sunday's CBS concert and interview special "Adele One Night Only," speaking of Simon Konecki, founder of the U.K. charity drop4drop. "He came at such a moment [that] the stability that him and [their 9-year-old son] Angelo have given me, no one else would ever have been able to give me, like, especially at that time in my life."

Adele, 33, born Adele Adkins, added, "I was so young and I just think I would have got a bit lost in all of it," she said of her meteoric career. "And I could have easily gone down some dodgy paths." Yet while she told a concert audience in Australia in March 2017, and again at the Grammy Awards that year, that she and Konecki had gotten married, she says in the current issue of Vogue's U.K. edition they actually did not marry until 2018. They announced in April 2019 they were separating, and their divorce was finalized this March.

Regardless, "He came in and was stable," Adele told Winfrey. "The most stable person I've ever had in my life up until that point. Even now I trust him with my life. … Him and Angelo, like, they were angels sent to me."

She said she met American sports agent Paul, founder of the Klutch Sports Group, which boasts LeBron James among its clients, "at a birthday party. … And then a couple of years later we went out for dinner, which he says was a business meeting and I'm, like, 'A business meeting about what?' … It was just the first time we'd hung out only on our own and not with other friends and stuff like that. So that was a very natural way — I think that's how people would normally meet each other in real life."

She called him "so funny. No, 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." She said this relationship is her first in which she's "loved myself, and been open to loving and being loved by someone else, yeah."

Elsewhere in the wide-ranging interview, she responded when asked of the possibility of having more children, "I'm definitely open to it. I would like more children. It wouldn't be the end of the world if I didn't because I have Angelo, but yeah, I think so."

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