Adele makes tantalizing references to a man who helped her overcome marital heartbreak in new single Oh My God
ADELE has made millions living out her deepest heartaches on smash hit singles like “Someone Like You,” “Rolling In The Deep” and “Hello.”
But after channeling the pain of her divorce from Simon Konecki last year into the long-awaited fourth album 30, she seems to have finally found happiness.
The superstar from Tottenham in north London has been in a relationship with US sports agent Rich Paul since last year.
And when she first opened up about the relationship in November, she gushed: “He’s amazing. He’s so damn funny, he’s so smart.”
The release of the video for her single ‘Oh My God’ last week – in which she bites a ‘forbidden’ apple – made fans revisit her past relationships.
A teaser clip from the video released on January 8 showed Adele, 33, in a flowing red dress, holding the apple in front of her face.
And the full video, released on Wednesday, sees her singing in a warehouse littered with spilled apples – and with a python coiled over a chair.
Adele is first seen silhouetted against a halo before lights come on revealing her in a priestess gown.
As she sings, multiple versions of her move across the screen while a troupe of dancers perform around her.
In one scene, a couple of dancers start undressing each other before collapsing onto a mattress.
The lyrics read: “I know it’s wrong, but I wanna have fun. Maybe baby I’m just losing my mind
“Because this is trouble, but it feels right. Staggering on the brink of heaven and hell is a fight I cannot fight.”
“‘You and Ludwig had intensive nightly conversations’.
Sharing the video with her fans this week, Adele described it as her “I’m a hot mess” song.
And the explicit theme of temptation written through the film sparked a wave of speculation about the identity of the man who inspired the track.
But sources last night claimed to have the answer to the riddle – naming Adele’s collaborator on the 30th album, Swedish music producer Ludwig Goransson.
The 37-year-old Grammy and Oscar winner – named after the great German composer Ludwig Van Beethoven – collaborated with Adele on the tracks ‘Strangers By Nature’ and ‘Wild Wild West’.
A source told how the couple became friends when they worked together on 30 and Adele confided in Ludwig about her fears.
The source said: “Adele began working with Ludwig around the time she was witnessing the end of her marriage to Simon.
“She has said many times in the past that the studio is her safe place when she’s going through something difficult, and this was no exception.
“She and Ludwig developed a close friendship and they had some very intense late night conversations about their lives and relationships.
“He was then engaged to his now wife, Serena, so there’s no indication that anything romantic happened between them. “He supported her as a friend.
But Adele seemed very attracted to him for a short time and it was noticed by those around her.
“She was a bit of a moth to a flame. So when that song was unveiled, there was speculation that Ludwig was at least partially the inspiration.”
Ludwig – who bears a striking resemblance to Adele’s ex Simon – made his name as a songwriter for US sitcoms Community and New Girl.
I know it’s wrong, but I want to have fun. Maybe baby I’m just losing my mind ‘Cause this is trouble, but it feels right.
Oh my god Adele
He then began collaborating musically with US sitcom Community’s Donald Glover, in the actor’s other guise as rapper Childish Gambino – who Adele has told her has been into him “for ass years”.
Ludwig’s soundtrack for the 2015 Rocky film spin-off Creed earned him a handful of nominations, then in 2018 he won an Academy Award and a Grammy for his score for the Marvel film Black Panther and two other Grammys for the Gambino Hit This Is America.
In the same year he married his fiancée, the American violinist Serena McKinney.
They live in a £4.8million mansion in Los Feliz, a suburb of Los Angeles.
Adele praised Ludwig in an article in online magazine The Face last year about the team behind the 30th album.
She said: “We just hit it off and the chords and cadences that he has in his bank – I’ve never heard anything like it. “He’s the coolest guy. Something about the Scandinavians is different. I don’t know where they got their damn ideas from, but they’re amazing.
In another interview with Rolling Stone magazine, she recounted how each of the recording sessions for the album began with a “six-hour therapy session” and said that she was a “hot mess” while working on Strangers with Ludwig. .
She also revealed how she first became attracted to the composer when their paths crossed in Los Angeles – where she admitted to having sought out Europeans.
Adele recalls, “I met him at a party and I was like, ‘He’s definitely European, that guy’.”
In April 2019, it was revealed that Adele had split from Simon – father of her nine-year-old son Angelo – after they kept the split a secret for several months.
And in September 2019, The Sun announced she was dating British rapper and Tottenham star Skepta.
The couple, who are said to have been in regular contact since splitting from Simon, had met on several occasions, including for a trip to immersive attraction The Crystal Maze Experience in London’s West End to mark the grime star’s 37th birthday in September 2019 to celebrate.
Adele began working with Ludwig around the time her marriage to Simon ended. They developed a close friendship and had intense late-night conversations about their relationships.
Skepta – real name Joseph Junior Adenuga – is said to be the secret lover who Adele revealed last year she was contemplating part of her marriage breakdown, although they dated after the split.
In November, Adele said: “I couldn’t pretend I wasn’t in my own storm.
“I couldn’t really indulge myself. I couldn’t be consistent, and neither could he.
“I associate it with the breakdown of my marriage. So he’s part of the storm.”
In October 2020, Adele appeared to confirm the end of her romance with Skepta on US TV show Saturday Night Live, where she said she was coming back to life as a “single cat lady”.
Adele – whose fortune was estimated at around £130million last year – has been linked to Rich since they were spotted at a basketball game in Arizona in July.
And in her comeback interview with Vogue magazine in November, she revealed she’s been dating other men since the split.
She said: “I dated before Rich but they hated it. They would find it stressful going out with me or being seen, which meant I was guarding everything. It never developed because we never experienced things together.
“Whereas Rich isn’t upset at all.
“It feels like it’s been consistent and considerate enough that I don’t care, who knows.”
Notes in their albums
ADELE has gone to great lengths to protect the identities of the men who have hurt her in the past – while also offering subtle clues as to who they are.
Her debut album 19 was mainly inspired by a boyfriend who cheated on the star before she found fame – and whom she later left.
She said in 2008: “When I broke up with my boyfriend, I did it via text message. ‘Babe, I can’t take it anymore’.”
She later shared how her ex stalked her after the album’s success – and demanded royalties.
She said: “He really thought he had some influence on the creative process by being ap***k”.
Her next album, 21, was – she revealed – made after a painful breakup spanning three months.
The most common theory is that the subject is Alex Sturrock, her photographer during her “An Evening With Adele” tour.
Her third album, 25, which she wrote while she was with husband Simon, is said to be inspired by her journey back to herself after becoming a mother.