is famously the queen of — and her 2021 album, , offered up a slew of new tearjerkers as it chronicled her from ex-husband .
The Grammy winner first met the charity founder in 2011. The pair were spotted on a date in early 2012, and by that summer the two announced that they were .
"It's the most serious relationship I've ever been in," Adele told Vanity Fair of her romance with Konecki in 2016.
The couple kept their relationship and their son, Angelo, out of the public eye, with Adele rarely speaking out about her personal life — until she .
Since their split, the "Oh My God" singer has spoken more candidly about her relationship with and gratitude for Konecki, as well as her with sports agent .
Here's everything to know about Adele and Simon Konecki's relationship, from their first date to their divorce, and why Adele says she can still "."
While the pair managed to keep their early relationship almost entirely out of the spotlight, Konecki later hinted that their romance may have started in October 2011, when he celebrated the pair's fifth anniversary at the singer's Nashville concert in October 2016.
In early 2012, the pair were on an airboat ride in Florida's Everglades, near where some of Konecki's relatives live in Boca Raton.
That same month, Adele addressed their relationship publicly for the first time in a since-deleted blog post on her website.
Soon after sweeping all six of her nominations, the singer and her new boyfriend were spotted on a romantic getaway to the oceanside Post Ranch Inn in Big Sur, California. A source told PEOPLE that the couple were there "to enjoy some alone time," adding, "it's very romantic."
At the time, Adele also reportedly moved out of London, trading her former home for a new 25-acre estate in West Sussex — notably just 30 minutes from Konecki's home in Brighton.
The singer, then 24, revealed on her website that she and then-boyfriend Konecki, who was 38 at the time, were expanding their family. "[We] are expecting our first child together. We're over the moon and very excited," she wrote, asking fans to "please respect our privacy at this precious time."
Adele had previously told PEOPLE in 2008, "I want loads of kids." The "Rolling in the Deep" singer shared that she hoped to have three sons before turning 30, adding, "I really want to be a mum badly."
And baby makes three! In October 2012, a family source confirmed to PEOPLE that Adele and Konecki had welcomed named Angelo. The pair initially kept their newborn's name private, later revealing it to be Angelo.
"We are all over the moon," the source said of the new addition. The baby was the first for the singer and the second for the entrepreneur, from a previous marriage.
Adele famously avoids social media, but made a rare exception to around Christmas 2014. "Just wanted to wish everyone happy holidays & all the best for 2015! PS Simon & I are still very much together, don't believe what you readx," the Academy Award winner wrote on .
Adele made a rare public statement about her relationship with Konecki in 2015, explaining how "his love" inspired her music to . "Being in such an amazing relationship with someone that's so there for me and so loyal and is really part of my core now, that's what made me write about everything I've ever done, because I've got his love," she said.
"I know that sounds a bit like I'm trying to write a Hollywood movie," the singer added, "but it's only because of him and because of our kid and stuff that I'm all right."
Konecki showed off his romantic side for the couple's fifth anniversary in 2016. At one of Adele's concerts — which typically end in a shower of white confetti scrawled with her lyrics — the charity founder swapped out the usual for pink confetti featuring sweet handwritten love notes like "Happy anniversary," "I love you" and "You are an angel."
Speaking to Vanity Fair for its December cover story, Adele made it clear that her personal life comes first. "All of my relationships are more important to me than any tour I'll ever do," the singer said. "If my relationship with Simon or my relationship with Angelo started to flounder a bit now, I would pull out of my tour."
She added that she was glad to have found someone outside of "show business because we all have egos." Speaking about the founder, she went on, "He's not threatened by any stage of my life that I'm going for, and that's an amazing thing. It's the most serious relationship I've ever been in."
While accepting for album of the year for , the appeared to confirm that she and Konecki had in fact .
"Grammys, I appreciate it, the Academy, I love you, my manager, my husband and my son — you're the only reason I do it," she said, referring to Konecki as her husband for the first time publicly.
The confirmation came one month after Adele was seen on her left ring finger, sparking marriage speculation. Reps for the Grammy winner had "no comment" at the time.
During her first post-divorce interview with British in October 2021, Adele revealed that despite referring to Konecki as her "husband" at the 2017 Grammys, the pair didn't officially tie the knot until 2018. (Their cites their marriage date as May 2018.)
"The timeline the press have of my relationship, my marriage, is actually completely wrong," Adele told the outlet. "We got married when I was 30 … and then I left." When asked how soon she had left after her and the philanthropist wed, she said, "I'm not gonna go into that detail." The artist continued, "remember I am embarrassed. This is very embarrassing. It wasn't very long."
"I always called him my husband, because we had a kid together," Adele added, noting that she enjoys keeping the press at arm's length. "They know nothing!" she said, hinting that she particularly wants to keep the media in the dark regarding her son. "They don't know my son's name, my son's birthday. I've got the upper hand on everything. I love it."
In April 2019, representatives for Adele announced that she and Konecki were . "Adele and her partner have separated," the singer's reps Benny Tarantini and Carl Fysh said in a statement to the .
"They are committed to raising their son together lovingly. As always they ask for privacy. There will be no further comment," read the statement.
Adele later revealed to that the pair "kept [the breakup] to ourselves for a very long time."
Five months after announcing their split, PEOPLE confirmed that the singer had officially from her estranged husband in Los Angeles. According to the filing obtained by , Adele cited irreconcilable differences and of Angelo.
Multiple U.K. outlets reported that Adele and Konecki agreement when they wed.
Despite their split, the co-parents remained close to each other in terms of physical proximity, with Konecki from Adele's L.A. home, a source told PEOPLE.
"They are doing what's best for Angelo," said the source. "Her son is her world."
Adele later confirmed the former couple's living arrangements in an interview with , telling the outlet that her ex "bought the house opposite my house" in hopes that "nothing changes for Angelo."
Two years after announcing their split, Adele and Konecki in March 2021. Documents obtained by confirmed that the former couple would share joint legal and physical custody of their son. Additionally, neither party would pay spousal support.
Adele debuted her new love during the , where the singer and the sports agent made their together. A few days later, a source confirmed to PEOPLE that for "a few months."
In October, Adele confirmed their relationship to British , saying, "It feels like it's consistent and considerate enough that I don't care who knows." She continued, "He's great. He's so f---ing funny. He's so smart, you know."
"I was just going through the motions and I wasn't happy," the "Rolling in the Deep" singer of her and Konecki's relationship in her first major post-split interview. "Neither of us did anything wrong."
"Neither of us hurt each other or anything like that. It was just: I want my son to see me really love, and be loved. It's really important to me," she said. "I've been on my journey to find my true happiness ever since."
In October 2021, Adele released her first new single in six years — — one month before dropping her fourth studio album, . The emotional album largely chronicles her divorce and to Angelo in the track "My Little Love," in which the singer candidly explains her and Konecki's divorce to her son.
"I love your dad 'cause he gave you to me. You're half me and you're half Daddy," she says in the vulnerable clips.
The "Hello" singer opened up to for her November CBS special , sharing her gratitude for the stability Konecki provided as she rose to stardom.
"Even now I trust him with my life," Adele . "I feel like him and Angelo were angels sent to me."
"He came at such a moment, where the stability that he and Angelo have given me, no one else would have ever been able to give me. Especially at that time in my life," she said, continuing, "I could've easily gone down some dodgy paths, [or been] sort of self-destructive from being so overwhelmed by all of it. And he came in and he was stable, the most stable person I've ever had in my life up until that point."
During a on SiriusXM Hits 1, the 15-time Grammy Award winner shared that her divorce hasn't shifted her belief in marriage.
"I can't really say why, but I'm definitely open to marriage again. I definitely am," Adele said. "The feeling I had, in being married, was the safest feeling I've ever had in my life. Sadly, it didn't work out. But, you know, I miss being married."
In an interview with magazine, Adele said she "would've regretted" not having a child with Konecki and to their son.
"I was like: I'd be a f---ing damn fool to walk away from this man being the father of my child compared to any other man that I encountered before or after up until recently, phew! I would've regretted that, forever!" she told the outlet.
The singer added that she's glad that Angelo has "the dad that I never had," (Adele and her were estranged) noting, "Simon is so invested and so interested. He gets onto [Angelo's] level in anything. Whatever Angelo is into, what he wants to watch, where he wants to go and play, his new f------ playground games that change every week — he is a big child in that sense of being so curious with him."
Adele swept the for her fourth studio , taking home including album of the year — but she couldn't have done it alone, she said .
"I'd like to dedicate this award to my son. And to Simon, to his dad. This album was all of our journey, not just mine and I'm very proud of myself for sticking to my guns and putting out an album that was about something so personal to me."
Photos published by the showed both Konecki and Adele's current boyfriend Rich Paul standing next to each other in the audience at Adele's July 2022 performance in Hyde Park. The outing marked the first time Konecki and Paul were seen together in public. They were also joined by Adele and Konecki's son at the concert.
Speaking with , the singer said she "definitely would like a couple more kids," adding, "It would be wonderful if we can. If not, I've got Angelo. I just want to be happy."
She admitted that motherhood had changed her in "every single way. Good, bad, strange. I love being a mom."
The Grammy winner also commented on her breakup with Konecki, calling the divorce "tough." She explained, "It was, but it was never really tricky because we're such good friends. Over my dead body is my kid having a messy divorce in his life."