Notoriously private Adele married in secret and her split came out of the blue

Adele splits from husband Simon Konecki

Adele and Simon Konecki have separated after more than seven years together. Here is a timeline of their relationship.

2012

Adele, who is notoriously private, reportedly started dating charity boss Konecki in 2011 and they were first pictured together on holiday in Florida in January 2012.

In June that year, a 24-year-old Adele announced she was expecting her first child, confirming the news on her blog.

She wrote: "I'm delighted to announce that Simon and I are expecting our first child together.

"I wanted you to hear the news direct from me, obviously we're over the moon and very excited but please respect our privacy at this precious time. Yours always, Adele xx."

The couple's son, Angelo was born on October 19 2012. Adele would later describe motherhood as "hard but phenomenal". She added: "It's the greatest thing I ever did."

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Adele married in secret and her separation also came out of the blue (Yui Mok/PA)

2014

Adele took a break from performing following the enormous success of her 2011 album 21, and her Oscar win for the theme from James Bond film Skyfall.

The singer denied being a "recluse" and in December 2014 took the rare step of issuing a public statement on her private life.

She dismissed reports she had split from Konecki, writing on Twitter: "Just wanted to wish everyone happy holidays & all the best for 2015! PS Simon & I are still very much together, don't believe what you read x."

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Adele ha confermato di essersi separata dal marito Simon Konecki. La coppia ha un figlio di sei anni, Angelo. Ed è a lui che è dedicata la breve dichiarazione congiunta diffusa dai due e riportata da moltissime testata statunitensi e del Regno Unito: "Adele e il suo compagno si sono separati. Ma rimangono impegnati a crescere insieme il loro figlio con amore. Come sempre chiedono che venga rispettata la loro privacy. Non ci saranno ulteriori commenti sulla vicenda", recita il comunicato diffuso. Adele e Simon, 45 anni, hanno iniziato a frequentarsi nel 2011 e il 29 giugno del 2012 hanno rivelato di aspettare il loro primo figlio, nato il 19 ottobre successivo. I due si erano poi sposati in gran segreto nel 2016 ma l'ufficialità la cantante l'aveva data solo nel 2017 durante i Grammy Awards, quando parlò per la prima volta di Simon come del "marito".  "A mio marito e mio figlio, siete le uniche persone per cui lo faccio", aveva detto dal palco commossa Adele, ringraziando per i premi ricevuti. Nello stesso anno, durante un concerto a Melbourne, parlando della hit 'Someone Like You', dedicata proprio al neo marito, era tornata sull'argomento. "Stavo tentando di ricordare come mi sentivo all'inizio della relazione che ha ispirato questa canzone" aveva affermato. "Un feeling che quando lo avverti per la prima volta è il miglior feeling che ti possa capitare sulla Terra e da cui sono diventata dipendente. Ovviamente si tratta di un feeling che non potrò più provare di nuovo, visto che ora sono sposata", aveva aggiunto tra gli applausi e le grida del pubblico.  Da allora la star londinese ha sempre custodito gelosamente ogni particolare della sua vita privata e familiare, proteggendo dall'attenzione dei media il piccolo Angelo.
Adele reacts as she accepts the global success award at the BRIT Awards at the O2 arena in London, February 24, 2016. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth EDITORIAL USE ONLY
British singer Adele, winner of Best Original Song for "Skyfall", is interviewed at the Governors Ball following the 85th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California February 24, 2013. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
Adele waves to singer Beyonce who is in the audience as she and co-song writer Greg Kurstin (not pictured) accept the Grammy for Song of the Year for "Hello" at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California, U.S. , February 12, 2017. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Singer Adele reacts after making a mistake and starting over while performing a tribute to the late George Michael at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California, U.S. , February 12, 2017. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
Singer Adele arrives at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California, U.S. , February 12, 2017. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
Singer Adele arrives at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California, U.S. , February 12, 2017. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
Singer Adele arrives at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California, U.S. , February 12, 2017. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
Singer Adele arrives at the 58th Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California February 15, 2016. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok/File Photo
Singer Adele arrives at the 58th Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California February 15, 2016. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok/File Photo
British singer Adele receives her award for British Album of the Year at the BRIT Awards at the O2 arena in London, Britain, February 24, 2016. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Adele reacts as she accepts the global success award at the BRIT Awards at the O2 arena in London, February 24, 2016. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Adele reacts as she accepts the global success award at the BRIT Awards at the O2 arena in London, February 24, 2016. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Adele reacts as she arrives to accept the award for best British single at the BRIT Awards at the O2 arena in London, February 24, 2016. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth EDITORIAL USE ONLY
British singer and songwriter Adele accepts the award for best British female solo artist at the BRIT Awards at the O2 arena in London, Britain February 24, 2016. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Singer Adele performs "All I Ask" on stage at the 58th Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California February 15, 2016. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
British singer Adele performs the song "Skyfall" from the film "Skyfall," nominated as best original song, at the 85th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California February 24, 2013. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni (UNITED STATES TAGS:ENTERTAINMENT) (OSCARS-SHOW)
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2017

Adele and Konecki tied the knot in a secret ceremony in 2016 but thanks to her closely guarded private life, managed to keep the news under wraps.

However, she confirmed she had walked down the aisle while picking up the Grammy for album of the year in February 2017.

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Adele is one of the most critically and commercially successful artists of her generation (Ian West/PA Wire)

During an emotional acceptance speech, she said: "My husband, my son, you're the only reason I do it."

And she removed any doubt over her marital status a month later during a concert in Australia.

While discussing her worldwide hit Someone Like You, which is about a break-up, she said: "Obviously I can't go through with those feelings because I'm married now. I've found my next person."

2019

Adele announced she and Konecki had separated and promised to raise Angelo "together lovingly".

Representatives for the star said: "Adele and her partner have separated. They are committed to raising their son together lovingly. As always they ask for privacy."

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