Adele recently revealed that we’ve been pronouncing her name wrong for years! Gobsmacking, innit?! The Grammy-winning singer is an absolute icon and we simply can’t wrap our heads around the fact that her name hasn’t been given the respect it deserves—just kidding, but you know what we mean!
Discovering that we’ve been pronouncing her name wrong has left us truly mortified and we need to rectify this right away! We found this out when the superstar recently took part in a fan Q&A titled Happy Hour With Adele in Los Angeles to promote the release of her ‘I Drink Wine’ music video from her recent album 30. During the session, she answered questions from audience members and virtually from people at home.
The video, directed by Joe Talbot, stars Kendrick Sampson of Insecure fame, as a handsome fisherman spotted by Adele while she floats along a river with a glass of wine in hand.
The fan who catalysed this revelation, held up a glass of wine to the camera as a nod to her music video, and delightedly said: “Hi Adele (which she pronounced as uh-dele, not ah-dele), I’m Annie, and I’m from London. My question is: on your journey to self-love while writing 30, did your perspective on how you saw yourself when you wrote 25 change at all, and how?”
Before the singer began answering the question, she quickly praised the fan for pronouncing her name correctly. “Where’s she from, Enfield or something? Love that—she said my name perfectly,” Adele quipped happily.
The ‘Hello’ hitmaker further elaborated on the correct way to say her name and revealed that she prefers a slight lilt at the end of her name, so it’s pronounced as “uh-dehwl” which is more in sync with her North London accent. Honestly? Mind blown!
Meanwhile, Adele opened up about her passion for teaching and English literature and expressed plans to obtain an English lit degree after completing her Las Vegas residency during the Q&A session. The singer is slated to return to Vegas for her residency at the Colosseum, Caesars Palace, which begins in November and will run through March 2023.
“It’s something that, if I hadn’t made it in my singing, I think I would definitely be a teacher. I think I would be an English lit teacher,” she shared with the crowd. “After Vegas, I really want to get a degree in English literature. I definitely think I use my passion for English lit in what I do. I wish I’d gone to university and had that experience, but I will do it online with a tutor. That’s my plan for 2025, just to get the qualification.”
After a tearful and heartwarming reunion with her old English teacher, Miss McDonald, last year during the singer’s ITV special, An Audience With Adele, her passion for literature became apparent.
During the filmed television special, Adele was asked by Emma Thompson about her inspiration growing up to which she said, “[Miss McDonald] left in year eight but she got me really into literature. I’ve always been obsessed with English and obviously now I write lyrics.” It was then revealed that her former teacher was in the audience at the London Palladium, leading to an emotional reconnection.
Adele also talked about her downtime, admitting that she’s the happiest when she “makes special time” for her relationship with boyfriend and American sports agent Rich Paul. We can’t help but stan those two lovebugs!