After being out of the limelight for six years, Adele finally announced that she will be releasing her fourth studio album, titled 30, on November 19.
In a lengthy Instagram post on Wednesday, the singer, 33, explained that she finally felt ready to release her music, having “never felt more peaceful” following her divorce from Simon Konecki.
After admitting that she spent many nights “sobbing and consumed with grief” as she struggled to cope with the breakdown of her marriage – Adele went on to refer to her album as being like a friend to her, describing it as “my ride or die during the most turbulent period of my life’.
Former Flames: After admitting to spending many nights “sobbing and consumed with grief” as she struggled to come to terms with the divorce with Simon Konecki (pictured in 2012), Adele moved on to her album to get her through it
Adele and charity director Simon, 47, announced in April 2019 that they were going their separate ways, and five months later Adele filed court documents.
The couple, who dated for seven years and married for two, are co-parents of their eight-year-old son Angelo.
Their divorce was finalized in March this year and Simon is believed to live in one of three homes on Adele’s Beverly Hills compound so he can be close to Angelo.
While Adele may have been comforted by her songwriting process, the British beauty undoubtedly got a lot of help from her real-life friends.
As she prepares to release her first new music in six years, MailOnline takes a look inside the inner circle of the singer who has supported her over the years.
Two’s company: Showbiz worlds first collided for Adele and Jennifer when they met at the Academy Awards in 2013 and we clicked instantly and have remained friends ever since (pictured together on a girls night out in 2019)
Showbiz worlds first collided for Adele and Jennifer when they met at the Academy Awards in 2013 and we hit it off right away.
Both stars became Oscar winners that night when Adele won for the James Bond theme song Skyfall and Jennifer took home the award for Best Supporting Actress in American Hustle.
However, Jennifer has since revealed that she had been a fan of Adele’s music since 2008 and admitted that she felt “starstruck” when she saw the Hello singer perform at the annual Hollywood awards ceremony that year.
Jennifer admitted to orchestrating their first meeting, previously saying, “I remember sneaking backstage while she was performing Skyfall, trying to squeeze a ball gown along a pile of ropes and cables to get a little closer.
She added: “I’ve been a fan of hers since Chasing Pavements (saying ‘fan’ about Adele always sounds like an understatement, doesn’t it?)
Jennifer also praised the London-born singer as “a gift and an international treasure” and said she knew her personally as “sweet, funny and intelligent.”
Rolling in the jeep: Adele and James first met in a plane hanger in Wales in 2009 and became close friends, with Adele taking part in the presenter’s Carpool Karaoke segment in 2016.
Adele and James first met in 2009 in a plane hanger in Wales and became close friends.
The Grammy-winning singer then took part in Carpool Karaoke with James in 2016 and later gushed that she “had the best time” in his company.
The pair left fans hysterical with the segment, which started with James pretending to call her and announcing, “Hi, it’s me. I was wondering if you’d like to meet up after all these years?’
The duo also undoubtedly bonded as two British stars living in America, with both stars being born in London but moving to Los Angeles.
Their friendship has remained strong over the years and last year Adele and James enjoyed a holiday in Anguilla with their mutual friend Harry Styles.
Three’s company: It is believed Emma and Adele were first introduced by their mutual friend Jennifer Lawrence, with the trip seen on a wild night out in New York City in 2015.
It is believed that Emma and Adele were first introduced by their mutual friend Jennifer Lawrence, while the trio enjoyed a wild night out in New York City in 2015.
Jennifer and Emma then teamed up to enjoy an Adele concert the following year, where things got so wild that Jennifer ended the night sick.
Adele then showed her support for her boyfriend when Emma won the Best Actress Academy Award for La La Land in 2017.
“Ah Emma,” Adele wrote in a post, accompanied by a shot of her standing in front of a huge TV in a nightgown as the actress received her Oscar.
Double problem: Comedian Alan has been friends with Adele since 2008 after meeting at the BRIT Awards. The pair are so close that Adele revealed she was ordained to marry Alan and his partner of 11 years, party planner Paul
Comedian Alan has been friends with Adele since 2008 after meeting at the BRIT Awards.
The pair are so close that Adele revealed she was ordained to marry Alan and his 11-year-old partner, party planner Paul.
The Chatty Man star later praised the “sweet” singer for taking on the honorable role at the intimate celebrations, which took place in Adele’s backyard in Los Angeles in January 2018.
Last year, Alan revealed that he kept in touch with Adele by FaceTiming her during the initial lockdown.
The TV funny man admitted that the singer looked “amazing” and he was desperate to try her new diet.
When asked if he was chatting with Adele during a conversation with host Roman Kemp on Capital Breakfast, Alan said, “Oh yeah, we facetimed her recently! And of course she looks great now, don’t you think?’
Lief: Adele and Nicole became neighbors when the Hello singer bought a home in Beverly Hills in 2016. Adele then gave fans a great insight into their friendship with an adorable birthday message last September
Adele and Nicole became neighbors when the Hello singer bought a home in Beverly Hills in 2016.
Since then, the two have enjoyed many fun girls’ nights together, with Adele giving fans a great insight into their friendship with an adorable birthday message last September.
The British singer took to Instagram to confess how much she loves and admires Lionel Richie’s daughter, while also sharing a hilarious clip and cute snaps
Also posting a selection of photos of herself with Nicole, Adele wrote: ‘Happy belated birthday to my daily dose of grace @nicolerichie I admire you and love you so much.
‘You are the embodiment of self-preservation, self-love and absolute cruelty! You are so cherished by so many angel girls! Keep making us laugh darlings, we worship you to the moon and back ♥️.’
Best friend: While she may be one of the biggest names in modern music, Adele still hasn’t forgotten her roots and keeps in touch with her childhood best friend Laura
While she may be one of the biggest names in modern music, Adele still hasn’t forgotten her roots and keeps in touch with her pre-celebrity friends.
Adele and Laura formed their friendship when they both attended the prestigious BRIT School, which is known for spawning a host of stars, and remain close friends to this day despite a fleeting quarrel that inspired Adele’s song My Same.
Laura also has revealed that the singer was the first to notice that she was suffering from postpartum psychosis.
She explained that her concerned “spirit sister” Adele quickly noticed the signs of the severe mental illness in her after she gave birth to the singer’s godson.
The Someone Like You hitmaker saw Laura’s symptoms — including hallucinations, depression, and mania — while FaceTiming.
Ready: Adele announced the title and release date of her new album on Wednesday in an Instagram post alongside a lengthy note explaining she was finally ready to release her music and thanking her album for being like a friend.