It looks like Adele fans around the world may have some new material to look forward to in the near future – and the material could be more gut-wrenching and heartbreaking than ever before. Late last month, Adele (Adkins) and her husband, Simon Konecki, announced that they are splitting up after just two years of marriage. While the couple’s close friends say the Adele-Konecki divorce is amicable, it does raise questions about what will happen to the singer-songwriter’s reported $180 million fortune.
Adele, 30, and Konecki, 45, met in 2011. The couple went public with their relationship in 2012 and secretly married in 2016. They have a six-year-old son, Angelo Adkins. Sources close to the couple state that Adele and Konecki had been drifting apart from each other for months before they decided to split.
“Adele and Simon’s relationship never seemed traditional. Throughout their relationship when Adele was in Los Angeles, weeks would sometimes go by before they were spotted together. Simon always seemed to do his own thing while Adele was spending time with [their son] Angelo in L.A,” says a source close to the couple.
Adele and Konecki have managed to keep a relatively low profile during their time together as a couple, though rumors about problems in their relationship began circulating a few months ago after the superstar was photographed without her wedding band. What’s more, is that rumors have also suggested that she has moved on to a new man after reports state that she was spotted kissing a new man in New York City just days after their split was announced.
Perhaps one of the most surprising pieces of information surrounding the news of the divorce is that the couple did not sign a prenup. This could potentially cost Adele millions of dollars.
How will the lack of a prenuptial agreement affect the Adele-Konecki divorce?
With $180 million on the table, to say there is a lot at stake is an understatement. If the couple files for divorce in California, where they own multiple homes, it could result in quite the payout for Konecki. This is because California is a community property state – meaning that under California divorce law, any property or income acquired during a marriage is shared equally. Konecki could be entitled to half of Adele’s earnings from the time the couple married.
The fact that the couple did not sign a prenup comes as a bit of a surprise, considering Hollywood’s track record for success when it comes to marriage. A prenuptial agreement is a staple legal tool most celebrities use before marriage to protect their assets.
While a prenuptial agreement can be a topic of contention for couples preparing to marry, the fact is that they are an invaluable tool high net worth couples should take advantage of, particularly in a situation where there could be millions of dollars at stake.
Adele’s Multi-Million Dollar Fortune: What’s at Stake in the Adele-Konecki Divorce?
In May 2018, The Sunday Times listed Adele on their 2018 Rich List as having an estimated net worth of 140 million pounds ($182 million). Her 2015 album, 25, sold 20 million copies worldwide and was followed by a world tour of over 100 shows.
When it comes to the couple’s property, things may get even more complicated. The couple owns an apartment in West London which is reportedly valued between 1.5 million and 3 million pounds. In addition to their West London apartment, the couple owns a collection of million-dollar properties in Kensington, a mansion in Beverly Hills, and a home in Los Angeles.
This early on in the divorce process, it is unknown how the couple’s property and assets will be divided, though sources close to them state that Adele has already gifted Konecki a property valued at over $600,000.
If you’re going through a divorce or have been through a divorce, you have probably shed a tear (or two) listening to breakup songs. Whether they are sad breakup songs or happy, “pick-me-up” songs, there is no doubting that a good song can help you feel less alone during such a life-changing and heartbreaking moment in your life. If you’ve dealt with heartbreak or divorce before, you probably have listened to one of Adele’s many hits – and it may give you comfort knowing that she is going through just what you are (or were) going through.
While not much is known about the reasoning behind the Adele-Konecki divorce, one thing for certain is that Adele fans are very likely to say “Hello” to a whole new album’s worth of heart-rending music in the near future – but is the world ready for it?
Update: On January 15, 2021, Adele and Konecki submitted a joint judgment package to the court – two years after announcing their split. The couple signed a confidentiality agreement in March 2020, but the initial filing showed that both parties wanted joint visitation and custody of their son. Details of the settlement have not been made public, but records show that properties and assets were determined through mediation.