KEY POINTS

  • Adele makes history as the first person to appear on the U.K. and U.S. Vogue cover with a different fashion shoot and interview in each
  • She looked back on her marriage with ex-husband Simon Konecki
  • The "Hello" singer also spoke about her new partner, Rich Paul

Adele is opening up about her divorce from her ex-husband Simon Konecki and how her "toxic" relationships with men prevented her from finding her happiness for years.

Ahead of the release of her first new album in six years, the "Hello" singer, 33, graces the November 2021 covers of the American and British editions of Vogue, making history as the first person to appear on the U.K. and U.S. cover with a different fashion shoot and interview in each. In her chat with the magazine, the Grammy winner looked back on her marriage with the Drop4Drop charity CEO, whom she divorced in 2019.

"I was just going through the motions and I wasn't happy," Adele told U.S. Vogue. "Neither of us did anything wrong. Neither of us hurt each other or anything like that. It was just: I want my son to see me really love, and be loved. It's really important to me."

Adele and Konecki tied the knot in 2017, five years after they welcomed their now-9-year-old son, Angelo. The two were separated by April 2019, and she filed for divorce in September that year. Adele and Konecki finalized their divorce earlier this year.

According to the "Rolling in the Deep" hitmaker, she has been on a journey to find her "true happiness" ever since.

"It just wasn't right for me anymore. I didn't want to end up like a lot of other people I knew. It wasn't miserable miserable, but I would have been miserable had I not put myself first. But, yeah, nothing bad happened or anything like that," Adele told British Vogue.

The singer also shared that she sought the help of a therapist to deal with the issues within her. She admitted that she didn't really have a healthy relationship with men in the past.

"Well, my therapist told me that I had to sit with my little 7-year-old self. Because she was left on her own. And I needed to go sit with her and really address how I felt when I was growing up. And issues with my dad. Which I’d been avoiding," she explained.

She continued, "Not being sure if someone who is supposed to love you loves you, and doesn’t prioritize you in any capacity when you’re little. You assume it and get used to it. So my relationship with men in general, my entire life, has always been: You’re going to hurt me, so I’ll hurt you first. It’s just toxic and prevents me from actually finding any happiness."

Adele has since moved on with Rich Paul, the founder of management company Klutch Sports Group, which represents high-profile basketball stars including LeBron James, Anthony Davis and John Wall.

Adele and Paul first sparked dating rumors when they attended Game 5 of the NBA Finals. Last month, they made their relationship Instagram official by posting photos of them taken at the wedding of Davis and Marlen P.

Adele told British Vogue that those she dated before found it "stressful being out or seen" with her, but Rich was not "frazzled by it at all."

"It feels like it's consistent and considerate enough that I don't care who knows," she said, adding, "He's great. He's so f---ing funny. He's so smart, you know."

Adele is set to make her musical comeback next week with a new single, "Easy On Me."

Adele Adele, photographed at the 59th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Feb. 12, 2017, nearly broke down after messing up her second performance of the night. Photo: Reuters