Adele has separated from her US-born CEO husband Simon Konecki after three years of marriage.
The award-winning British superstar, who met the charity entrepreneur in 2011 and married him in secret in 2016, said the pair were committed to raising their six-year-old son Angelo together ‘lovingly’.
The Rumour Has It singer, 30, who is notoriously private about her relationship, confirmed the shock split from the 44-year-old on Friday.
Adele and Simon Konecki in the audience at Grammy Awards in 2013, three years before they married
The star leapt up to kiss her partner excitedly at the Grammys in 2017 in Los Angeles
Simon, in green shirt, and Adele relaxing at the Glastonbury Festival in 2015
Two years ago the pair chatted and laughed in the audience of the 2017 Grammys
Key moments in the couple’s VERY private relationship
2011 – Couple start dating
January 2012 – First pictured together on holiday in Florida
June 2012 – 24-year-old Adele announced she was expecting her first child, confirming the news on her blog
October 2012 – The couple’s son, Angelo was born on October 19. Adele would later describe motherhood as ‘hard but phenomenal’
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
December 2014 – Rumours swirl that couple have split. Singer denies reports in rare public statement on Twitter, writing: ‘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’
2016 – Couple marry in secret
2017 -Adele announces marriage while picking up the Grammy for album of the year in February 2017
Adele and Simon tied the knot sometime in 2016, though they managed to keep the secret wedding under wraps until the following year.
The singer confirmed the union on-stage as she picked up a Best Album Award at the 2017 Grammys.
During an emotional acceptance speech, she said: ‘I’m married! My husband, my son, you’re the only reason I do it.’
Simon is a charity CEO who was born on April 1974 in New York but moved with his family to London when he was 10 years old.
He reportedly went to school with Bear Grylls and Tom Parker Bowles at Eton.
His sisters, Victoria and Alexandra, attended Princess Anne’s alma mater Roedean boarding school.
The singer’s representatives said: ‘Adele and her partner have separated. They are committed to raising their son together lovingly. As always they ask for privacy.’
Her spokespeople, Benny Tarantini and Carl Fysh, said the star would be making no further comment on the matter.
The singer confirmed their union while explaining the writing process behind her hit Someone Like You during her arena gig in Brisbane, Australia in March 2017.
In a video obtained by The Sun, she told a rapturous crowd: ‘I could see in their eyes as they were listening to it on their headphones that it reminded them of something or someone and that’s what I wanted to remember.
‘How it was I felt at the beginning of the relationship that inspired that record, because as bad as a break up can be, as bitter and horrible and messy as it can be, that feeling when you first fall for someone is the best feeling on earth, and I am addicted to that feeling.
‘Obviously I can’t go through with those feelings because I’m married now. I’ve found my next person.
‘But that feeling, when you first meet someone and everything about you just feels alive for the first time. I wanted to go back to that.’
During her Album of the Year acceptance speech at the February 2012 Grammy Awards in LA Adele paid tribute to Simon.
Taking to the stage at the Staples Center in Los Angeles the hitmaker had said to the audience: ‘Grammys, I appreciate it, the Academy, I love you, my manager, my husband and my son – you’re the only reason I do it.
Fans have also been wondering when Adele will be releasing her fourth studio album, and while it was reported by NME her next record is set for December 2019, nothing has been confirmed.
The Rolling In The Deep singer married her partner of five years, Simon Konecki, in 2016 but tonight the pair announced their separation
Adele and Simon together at the 54th Annual Grammy Awards at Staples Center in LA in 2012
Adele, known for her chart-topping albums 19, 21 and 25, is one of the best-selling artists in the world and has won a string of awards.
She released her debut album 19 in 2008 which contained her first song, Hometown Glory, written when she was 16.
The songstress won Grammys for Best New Artist and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance in 2009, and released her second album, 21, in 2011.
This album netted her six Grammy awards, two Brit Awards and three American Music Awards.
She won an Oscar in 2013 for Best Original Song for Skyfall and in her emotional acceptance speech quickly thanked her charity worker beau Simon, who was her date for the evening (above)
Adele laughed as she sat with Simon at the 2012 Grammys, they welcomed their son Angelo that year
Following a three-year break from music, she released her third studio album, 25, in 2015 which became the best-selling album of the year selling 17.4 million copies.
She won an Oscar in 2013 for Best Original Song for Skyfall and in her emotional acceptance speech quickly thanked her charity worker beau Simon, who was her date for the evening and gave her a quick kiss after her name was announced.
She said: ‘And my man, I love you baby.’
Adele and Simon chatted with musician Keith Urban at the 2013 Grammy Awards