Adele looks utterly gorgeous on the cover of Vogue both here and in America, ahead of the release of her new single and album.
A total transformation from the fulsome young woman who back in 2015 wrote Hello: that anthem for broken-hearted girls everywhere.
Now she’s moved from Tottenham to LA, ditched half her body weight, conquered her anxiety and divorced husband Simon who, she said, ‘saved me’ when she was struggling with fame and alcoholism.
A pop colossus with the world at her feet, she also has a hot new boyfriend who is not intimidated by her celebrity and fierce independence.
One of her songs, she says, is about the failings of men and might even become a wake-up call for wives to ditch their dull husbands.
‘Can you imagine couples listening to it in the car?’ she asks. ‘I think a lot of women will be like: ‘I’m done.’ ‘
Of her own ‘not very long’ marriage, she says: ‘I . . . knew looking around me at other couples [that] I could become miserable. I knew I’d break Simon’s and my son Angelo’s heart, but I had to put myself first.’
Well, she sure did that — and this is where I have to admit my concerns.
Adele says that she ‘voluntarily chose to dismantle [Angelo’s] entire life in the pursuit of my own happiness’: a wound to her child that she rightly fears will never heal.
Adele looks utterly gorgeous on the cover of Vogue both here and in America, ahead of the release of her new single and album
She goes on to say that, inspired by her therapist, she recorded conversations with Angelo, eight, about the divorce on her iPhone, and that one of these will feature on an upcoming song.
‘I wanted to explain to him through this record, when he’s in his 20s or 30s, who I am and why,’ she explains.
Why didn’t you write him a private letter, Adele, instead of disclosing his pain to your millions of fans?
A pop colossus with the world at her feet, she also has a hot new boyfriend who is not intimidated by her celebrity and fierce independence. Above: Adele with new boyfriend Rich Paul
She’s moved from Tottenham to LA, ditched half her body weight, conquered her anxiety and divorced husband Simon (pictured) who, she said, ‘saved me’ when she was struggling with fame and alcoholism
She puts her dramatic weight loss down to exercising three times a day. One wonders how much time she is leaving to devote to poor Angelo, who has to make new friends in La La Land and start all over again.
I admire this proud and talented artist and I salute her physical reinvention.
But I hope that, in years to come, Adele will not find herself ringing an estranged Angelo to say: ‘Hello from the other side . . . I’m sorry for everything that I’ve done.’
Game, set and bling to Emma
Thank heavens Andy Murray has been reunited with his wedding ring, which he’d carelessly left tied to his shoes (it gets in the way when he plays tennis) while they aired outside.
Long-suffering wife Kim has forgiven him, yet it makes me wonder why he can’t just play wearing the ring?
Our Emma Raducanu smashed the U.S. Open drenched in Tiffany jewels, including £4,500 diamond earrings, a £2,750 pendant, a £17,100 diamond bracelet and, er, a £3,275 white gold ring.
Emma Raducanu smashed the U.S. Open drenched in Tiffany jewels, including £4,500 diamond earrings, a £2,750 pendant, a £17,100 diamond bracelet and, er, a £3,275 white gold ring
Fears, surely, for Kylie’s future happiness as she moves to Australia while boyfriend Paul Solomons remains in London — but she is determined to make their love work.
She should be so lucky, as I’m not sure we Aussie gals are cut out for long-distance romance.
I tried that once with a bloke who lived in Leighton Buzzard. It lasted five weeks.
She’s only ten, Vic
Is it any wonder Victoria Beckham’s Instagram followers are fleeing her account when she posts pictures of daughter Harper, ten, wearing a creamy face mask and an under-eye mask that supposedly reduces wrinkles.
The only muck a ten-year-old should be wiping off her face at the end of the day is good old-fashioned mud!
Help Afghan heroes first
While hundreds of abandoned translators who fought alongside our troops in Afghanistan live in fear for their lives, we give visas for safe passage to the UK for the entire Afghan girls’ football squad, their coaches and families.
A strange priority when the right for girls to take a penalty is deemed more important than our duty to prevent these brave men facing a shoot-out of an all too different kind if the Taliban ever find them.
An NHS doctor reveals that of the 1,000 patients currently dying with Covid every week, 90 per cent have not been vaccinated.
They’ll be the same anti-vaxxers who refuse the flu jab, despite experts predicting this flu season could kill 60,000 people.
Meanwhile, many cancer sufferers can’t even get a scan. It’s a scandal.
God save the Queen
Spare a thought for the Queen, standing by her embarrassment of a son Andrew as he faces a civil claim (which he denies) of rape and her grandson Harry pouring horse manure all over the Royal Family.
Now she’s had to cut ties with her dodgy pal Sheikh Mohammed Al Maktoum. How she must wish her ‘strength and stay’ Prince Philip was still beside her.
Though, as a devout Christian, she no doubt believes he still is.
Critics attack Priti Patel for displaying ‘lower-middle-class aggression’ and others poke fun at her working-class accent. What horrible snobbery.
You can attack the Home Secretary for not removing disgraced Met boss Cressida Dick, for her abysmal record on illegal immigration, for failing to stop kids being knifed to death on our streets or for the police’s failure to protect women — but not for dropping her ‘aitches’.
Critics attack Priti Patel for displaying ‘lower-middle-class aggression’ and others poke fun at her working-class accent. What horrible snobbery
Liz Truss was hilariously hailed as the new Margaret Thatcher arriving at conference in a sleek Tory blue pant suit and helmet hair.
It takes more than a new hairstyle to become the Iron Lady who, as it happens, never wore trousers in her life.
Kristen Stewart is tipped for an Oscar as Diana in the new movie Spencer, portraying the Princess descending into madness.
When Kristen’s Di isn’t vomiting in the loo, she’s self-harming or ripping off a necklace from Charles at dinner, letting the pearls drop into her soup and eating it, pearls and all.
To play Diana like this is a travesty. If there were an Oscar for traducing an exceptional woman, Kristen, you’ve got it.
The latest NHS wheeze to save GPs seeing people face to face is for pharmacists to do it instead and prescribe drugs and treatments.
My nan was ‘treated’ for years for an upset stomach by her local chemist only to find she had advanced bowel cancer. All the doctors could do was send her home to die.
Wonderful! I’m A Celebrity has signed Richard Madeley.
Having worked with him and Judy, I know he’s a complete pro, endearingly goofy and with a teenager’s enthusiasm — especially for wife of 35 years Judy.
He still buys her sexy Jimmy Choos while proudly boasting she has the best legs in the business.
Wonderful! I’m A Celebrity has signed Richard Madeley
A horticultural ‘dead-head’ has decided we should be ashamed of our wisteria.
Having been brought here from China by an East India Company tea inspector, the very scent of this beautiful plant is tainted by oppression and colonial conquest.
Bad news then for geraniums and agapanthus (both from South Africa), verbena (the Americas) and forget about roses (Central Asia) — all regions with a history of hideous oppression.
Sympathy for the hitherto-unknown Bridgerton actress and Louis Vuitton ‘ambassador’ Phoebe Dynevor, 26, who shot to stardom in the show but now complains being famous made her ‘so full of anxiety’ she had to see a therapist.
Lockdown, moans Phoebe, was oh-so tough.
Not half as tough as it was for countless brilliant young actresses with more acting ability than her (a low bar) who haven’t had a job in 18 months.