KEY POINTS

  • The surprise reunion took place during Adele's concert in London
  • Adele credited the teacher for changing her life when she was young
  • The teacher thanked her for remembering her during the teary reunion

Adele recently broke down in tears after she was surprised with a visit from her former English teacher and childhood inspiration during her concert.

Earlier this month, the "Easy on Me" singer filmed a U.K. concert special called "An Audience With Adele," which aired  Sunday, and captured the wonderful moment where Adele was reunited with Miss McDonald, according to TODAY.

The channel's Twitter account shared a clip from the event that was held at the London Palladium, where the singer was asked by actor Emma Thompson about her childhood mentor, states Entertainment Tonight.

When Thompson asked Adele if she had someone who supported or inspired her "from all the trials and tribulations of life" when she was younger, she immediately mentioned McDonald. "Yeah, I had a teacher at Chestnut Grove who taught me English," the 33-year-old singer said. "That was Miss McDonald."

“She left in year eight but she got me really into literature, I’ve always been obsessed with English and obviously now I write lyrics," the 33-year-old singer continued, per Independent. “But she also did street dance, I was too scared to go in, but like in the canteen they used to do these dances and stuff like that. She was so bloody cool, so engaging, and she really made us care, and we knew that she cared about us and stuff like that. She used to have all these gold bracelets and gold rings"

“She was bloody cool and so relatable and likable, that I really looked forward to my English lessons,” she added.

"Yeah, cause it's odd, actually, funny enough…" Thompson said, and the audience erupted in cheers as Adele looked to the audience and asked "Is she here? Is Miss McDonald here?"

Almost immediately, Adele's beloved teacher emerged from the audience, surprising the Grammy-winning artist. Adele, who just couldn't hold back her tears, welcomed her mentor on to the stage and said, "Hi! You look amazing darling!" The two shared a tight embrace and McDonald replied, "Oh my God, I'm so proud of you."

A shocked Adele said she never expected to be reunited with her teacher she hadn't seen since she was 12, to which McDonald replied, "That's OK. It was supposed to be a surprise."

McDonald then revealed that she no longer teaches, and instead focuses on raising her children.

The Vogue interview marks the first major one since 2016 for Adele, shown here during the 2017 Grammy Awards in LA The Vogue interview marks the first major one since 2016 for Adele, shown here during the 2017 Grammy Awards in LA Photo: AFP / VALERIE MACON

 "Thank you for remembering me," McDonald told her former student. "No, you really did change my life," Adele said before hilariously turning to the audience and saying, "Mum, can you believe it?"

The two of them were only able to catch up for a few moments, but Adele made sure to ask McDonald for her phone number before she went back to her seat. She also said, "I've still got my books you know! I've got all my books from when you were my teacher."

After the special aired, Adele tweeted about the meaningful evening, and she even gave a shoutout to her favorite teacher, whom she met after two decades. She wrote, "Home Sweet Home. I've always dreamt of doing 'An Audience With…' There was so much love in the room for each other, it felt like such a gig! Everyone was raucous and bang up for it! And my teacher Ms McDonald was there, it was just heaven," along with a heart emoji.