As she gave her acceptance speech at the Grammys in 2017, Adele thanked her manager for being like a father to her.
It was a rare glimpse into the singer’s tumultuous relationship with her father, one that has scarcely been discussed.
“I owe you everything. We’ve been together for 10 years, and I love you like you’re my dad,” she said of her manager, Jonathan Dickins.
“I love you so, so much. I don’t love my dad, that’s the thing. That doesn’t mean a lot. I love you like I would love my dad.”
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In 2011, the 30-year-old cut her father out of her life after he spoke publicly about their private lives, and suggested his absence is responsible for the singer’s rocky love life.