Adele and boyfriend Rich Paul: a relationship timeline of the new It couple

'I just love being around him. I just love it' Here's everything you need to know about Adele and boyfriend Rich Paul

Singer Adele and boyfriend Rich Paul attends a game between the Golden State Warriors and the Los Angeles Lakers on October 19, 2021 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles.
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Adele and boyfriend Rich Paul appear to be smitten, and there's photographic evidence to prove it. Although the songstress has the power to send us into an emotional stupor with her breakup ballads, we have a feeling she's found inspiration for a different type of love song.

Upon the October 14, 2021 release of her new track, "Easy On Me," fans gathered collectively on the Internet for a virtual evening of wallowing—crying, sipping wine and letting it all out. The honest and poignant song about her divorce from ex Simon Konecki pulls at our heartstrings, just like all of her other hits. 

So how does the queen of the best breakup songs of all time look in her new relationship? Pretty damn happy, which in turn makes us all the more excited for her new chapter. (Though make no mistake, we will gladly cry our mascara right off when her album 30 drops on November 19.) 

In a candid conversation with Vogue, the beloved English singer doesn't hold back: she discusses not only her new music, but her divorce, what the transition meant for her 9-year-old son Angelo and her strained relationship with her late father. Nothing seems to be off-limits, and we love getting a peek at her vulnerability and humor, despite difficult topics. 

A part of the interview we couldn't resist? Her mention of her new beau. Not only is it sweet, but it makes it pretty difficult for us not to root for their newfound romance.  

"I want my son to see me really love, and be loved," she confessed. "It’s really important to me." 

Adele and boyfriend Rich Paul: Inside their romance

It all began several years ago at a party over a few rounds of Aperol spritzes. The sports agent, unlike other men at the get-together, was dancing away, something that Adele seemed to admire. Plus, the way she describes their interaction in Vogue will make you feel like you're talking to a friend. 

"I was a bit drunk. I said: 'Do you want to sign me? I’m an athlete now.'"

Although things began in a platonic matter, she notes how he "just incredibly arrived" when she needed comfort the most, when she lost her father in 2020. 

Things took a more romantic note in July 2021 when she attended an NBA game alongside her beau. The entertainment world viewed it as a public declaration of love, but truthfully, it was just the singer's desire to go to the game. 

Then, the two looked oh-so-happy at the Staples Center for the NBA season opener on October 19—a month ahead of her album release—and we are so here for this happiness. 

She further reveals to Vogue that their relationship is simple: he makes her happy, she doesn't feel frazzled and she can just be herself.

"I just love being around him. I just love it," she said. 

We can't wait to see what the future holds for these two—and what type of songs we'll be treated to next!

Danielle Valente
Digital News Writer

Need a TV show recommendation? Maybe a few decor tips? Danielle, a digital news writer at Future, has you covered. Her work appears throughout the company’s lifestyle brands, including My Imperfect Life, Real Homes, and woman&home. Mainly, her time is spent at My Imperfect Life, where she’s attuned to the latest entertainment trends and dating advice for Gen Z.

Before her time at Future, Danielle was the editor of Time Out New York Kids, where she got to experience the best of the city from the point of view of its littlest residents. Before that, she was a news editor at Elite Daily. Her work has also appeared in Domino, Chowhound, and amNewYork, to name a few. 

When Danielle’s not writing, you can find her testing out a new recipe, reading a book (suggestions always welcome), or rearranging the furniture in her apartment…again.