Hasn't the girl done well: As she scoops six Grammys, Adele – who was raised in a dingy flat – moves up in the world
Her ten-bedroom, grade-II listed home has two swimming pools and 25 acres of land
She was raised by a single mother in a series of down-at-heel apartments in the London hinterlands. Even in the first flush of fame, with a multi-platinum selling album and a raft of awards to her name, Adele Adkins chose to live with her mum, Penny, in a poky flat above the This, That And The Other Discount Store in West Norwood.
And even when she did get her own place it was a bedsit. Now, after picking up six Grammy Awards this week, we can see a seismic shift in the circumstances of our nation’s most celebrated vocal talent.
Those pragmatic surroundings may have been the ideal environment to inspire the songs of heartbreak which make up 21, the show-stopping second album which has established her as the biggest star in the music business bar none; but there is nothing understated about her latest billet.
Picture perfect: Adele's stunning new 6million Surrey mansion, complete with 25 acres of beautiful gardens
Dinner for a dozen: The plush dining room has plenty of room to spare
At the tender age of 23, this plain-spoken Londoner has recently taken up residence in a ten-bedroom, grade II-listed mansion in the Home Counties.
Success: Multi-platinum selling Adele Adkins who has swapped south London for a Surrey mansion
Complete with a brace of swimming pools —
inside and out — the sprawling estate is set in 25 acres of prime West
Sussex pasture, along with tennis courts and a self-contained staff
How much use these facilities will receive remains to be seen (she jokes that nine of the bedrooms won’t be used), but there can be no mistaking the statement: Adele has very much arrived. As if to drive home the point, the notoriously private singer invited Anderson Cooper, the doyen of U.S. TV celebrity interviewers, to tour her spectacular new home.
This, lest we forget, is a woman who has jealously guarded the identities of the errant lovers who inspired her two smash hit albums, 19 and 21. The girl who says of her absent father, after he gave an interview about her troubled childhood: ‘If I ever see him I will spit in his face.’
Not that you could have imagined that from the fulsome welcome laid on for Mr Cooper. She’s seen baking cupcakes for him in the state-of-the-art kitchen and gives him a tour of her bedroom, lingering to show off her collection of wigs (which she gives names like Jackie Collins and June Carter).
Adele, who was born in Tottenham and brought up around the Brixton area, is clearly proud to be renting the 15,000-a-month pile — just half an hour away from her boyfriend Simon Konecki’s home in Brighton.
The handsome red brick home, which was sold for 1.8 million in 2004 — and is now said to be worth around 6 million — was built at the end of the 19th century and was originally designed as an aristocratic family house with its own ballroom.
Rolling in the Deep End: One of the star's incredible swimming pools. She has two to choose from at her new property
In the summertime: Adele's new house also features an outside pool, perfect for warmer months
High-tech: The gleaming white kitchen where Adele can bake cupcakes to her heart's content
Open plan: Another view of the luxurious kitchen, which features sofas and a television for guests to sit and relax as dinner is prepared
The house originally belonged to the
wealthy Harvey family. Their daughter was the first wife of Donald
Campbell, who was killed in 1967 while trying to break the world water
speed record in Bluebird K7.
The estate, which boasts glorious views of the South Downs, has its own helicopter landing pad. Briefly converted into a convent in the Seventies, the house was extended to include a private chapel and nuns’ quarters. Adele’s bedroom suite features marble washbasins, a marble fireplace and elaborate floral murals.
Dressing room: The perfect place for the singer to bathe in front of an open fire
A different kind of green room: One of the other bathrooms, with chic green tiles and a deep bath
Should she break from tradition and
write a record not inspired by heartbreak (her current relationship is
understood to be very happy), there will be ample space to work in her
own music room and then relax by a huge baronial fireplace embossed with
a coat of arms.
that the house is in any way ready for such activity. During his visit
for CBS show 60 Minutes, Mr Cooper noted the absence of furniture and
the sprawl of open suitcases in the master suite.
Room with a view: One of the beautiful sitting rooms where Adele will be able to sit down and switch off
Decadent: One of the other reception rooms features dark wood and chic patterned sofas
Despite this, a disarmingly relaxed
Adele spoke freely about a range of subjects, including her body image
(an issue very much in the spotlight given Karl Lagerfeld’s insensitive
remarks last week, when he described her as ‘a little too fat’).
bluntly that she had no desire to be a ‘skinny Minnie’, Adele said:
‘I’ve never seen magazine covers and music videos and thought I need to
look like that. To sell more records I don’t even need to — I’m selling
Secluded: The red-brick mansion is set back and hidden from prying eyes
Through the keyhole: The hall and imposing staircase at the front of the house
Greenery: The house is situated in the middle of stunning green woodlands
‘I don’t find
that attractive and even if I did have, you know, a Sports Illustrated
body, I’d still wear elegant clothes. I ain’t lookin’ like no “slapper”.
Exploiting yourself sexually is not a good look, I don’t think.’
With obvious modesty and considerable
charm, she also spoke of how easily, to this day, she becomes
starstruck, recalling her amazement when Beyonce and Jay Z recognised
her at the Grammys.
‘That blew my mind,’ she said. ‘So then I went out onto the balcony, fell to my knees and cried. I was all red eyed.’
Humble beginnings: A flat above a South London bargain shop where Adele used to live with her mother
ADELE: IN HER OWN WORDS
On her weight
I’d rather weigh a ton and make an amazing album than look like Nicole Richie and do a s*** album. My aim in life is never to be skinny.
On stage fright
I’m scared of audiences. At a show in Amsterdam I was so nervous I escaped out the fire exit. I have anxiety attacks a lot.
On her estranged father
I was ready to start trying to have a relationship with him [before he sold his story]. He’s blown it. He will never hear from me again. If I ever see him I will spit in his face.
On losing her voice
It was literally like someone switched a click off in my throat; my voice went so much deeper. I felt like something popped in my throat.
I find it quite difficult to think 20 million people are listening to an album I wrote very selfishly to get over a break-up.
Her story is all the more extraordinary given her background. Her mother, Penny Adkins, was an art student living in Tottenham when she met a womanising Welsh plumber, Mark Evans, in a pub in 1987.
In an interview, he recalled: ‘For me, it was love at first sight.’ They moved in together within a few months, and she was pregnant within a year. Evans said the baby wasn’t planned, but he asked his 18-year-old girlfriend to marry him because he was sure that they’d be together for ever. She turned him down on the grounds she was too young.
Her father said: ‘After Adele was
born, I’d lie on the sofa all night, cradling her in my arms and
listening to Ella Fitzgerald and Nina Simone. I’m certain that is what
shaped Adele’s music today.’
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Living the dream: Adele showed off the house to Anderson Cooper on American talkshow 60 Minutes
Plush property: Adele shows Anderson Cooper around her new 10-bedroom property. She has joked that nine of the bedrooms will be empty
She sang, for family and friends, from the age of four. At 14, she decided she wanted to audition for the Brit School in Croydon and she was on her way. Her second album, 21, has sold 6.4 million copies worldwide. It was the biggest selling album of last year.
Now, at last, it seems the personal life of Britain’s brightest new star will match her achievements. Will she ever be able to relax in those surroundings Only time will tell, but the signs are highly promising.
Retreat: The garden features a secluded outhouse with chairs for some al fresco relaxing
Spacious: Adele has her pick of places to relax when she wants to take a time out
Exercise time: The house also features an outside tennis court, but it remains to be seen whether exercise phobe Adele will use it
Picturesque: As well as containing ten bedrooms, the property also has sprawling grounds
VIDEO: Watch part of the Anderson Cooper interview