Adele and Rich Paul's Relationship Timeline Is Truly Adorbs

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Presenting: Adele and Rich Paul's 'Ship TimelineKevin Mazur - Getty Images

SoOooOOooo, despite months of breakup rumors, it seems Adele and her boyfriend/maybe fiancé Rich Paul have taken things to the next level. After sporting a very-engagement-looking ring on *that* finger and talking about expanding her fam, it now seems like Adele bought a house with Rich after just about a year of dating. Uh, that's major! However, seeing as Adele and Rich Paul's relationship timeline has been confusing AF since the very beginning, fans really can't know anything for sure when it comes to these two. And that's where we come in.

While Adele has not confirmed confirmed anything about being engaged or having babies or moving in with Rich, she and her sports agent boo (who, btw, reps LeBron James, no big deal) are clearly all kinds of serious. So it seems to us that the time has come to go through every! single! detail! of their relationship (including some recent drama rumors that Adele flawlessly shut down on Instagram) to get you up to speed. Let's jump in.

December 17, 2022

You're def gonna wanna break out some tissues for this one lol. Rich Paul celebrated his 41st birthday in the absolute most iconic way possible: at the Adele show in Las Vegas. And not only did he get to bear witness to the legendary singer, but she legit took a few moments during her concert at Caesars Palace to sing "Happy Birthday" to him!!!

"I love you more than life itself—we wish you happy birthday," Adele said from the stage. Tear ducts = activated.

August 15, 2022

In her stunning (!!) cover story for ELLE's September issue, the singer ever-so-briefly discusses her relationship with her boyfriend. "I've never been in love like this. I'm obsessed with him," she gushes. Then, when asked by the publication if she would ever want to remarry (a refresher: the singer divorced ex Simon Konecki in 2019), she confessed, "Yes, absolutely." "I definitely want more kids...I'm a homemaker and I'm a matriarch, and a stable life helps me with my music. But right now, all I got in my brain is [my upcoming Las Vegas residency]. I wanna f*cking nail it." We hear ya loud and clear, Adele! 😉

June 11, 2022

During an interview with E! News, Rich hints at the possibility of expanding his family and discusses having "more kids" and being "an older dad." He muses, "As a young dad, growing a business, it was pretty tough...But now looking as an older dad and my kids being much older, and obviously, if I was to have more kids...I'm looking forward to being a different dad, a more patient dad." S'cute!

May 11, 2022

After just about a year of dating, Adele posts a series of pics showing herself and Rich looking v loved-up along with the caption, "Time flies."

Oh, and that mansion in the first pic? Apparently, Adele and Rich bought live in...together. Per Just Jared, the massive 21,000-square-foot Beverly Park home was previously owned by Sylvester Stallone and sold to Adele and Rich for $58 million. Casual.

Further evidence that things are going v well: Right around the same time, an anonymous tipster submits a blind item that's most definitely about Adele and Rich to IG gossip guru @DeuxMoi, saying that the two are "endgame." According to the source, "He put a ring on it." Okay!!

May 5, 2022

After a few quiet months with zero sightings of the couple, Adele turns 34...but she doesn't appear to celebrate with Rich. Instead, the agent spends the night in Miami, per Page Six, where he's spotted hanging out with LeBron James at the American Express Presents Carbone Beach dinner party. Hmm....

But just a few days later, Rich seems to make it up to Adele by taking her on a belated birthday getaway to Napa Valley. "Adele is still seeing Rich," a source tells People. "They are both very busy though. She is working on her residency and Rich is busy with his clients. They see each other when they can."

February 20, 2022

Adele and Rich once again sit courtside at an NBA All-star game in Ohio and look wildly in love. Oh, and fans note that Adele is wearing what definitely looks to be a simple gold wedding band instead of that big diamond.

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February 11, 2022

Adele visits The Graham Norton Show and says that her rescheduled Vegas show is definitely happening this year because she wants to have a baby next year. Um??? She adds, "I have plans next year. Imagine if I have to cancel because I am having a baby!"

She also addresses speculation that she and Rich are engaged, saying, "As if I would ever tell anyone if I was or wasn't." V coy, Adele.

February 8, 2022

In a surprising twist, Adele shows up to the 2022 Brit Awards casually wearing what looks like a massive engagement ring. Just peep that Lorraine Schwartz pear-shape sparkler!

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February 1, 2022

Adele decides to shut down those rumors of relationship troubles with a post on IG. Alongside a cute pic of herself, she writes, "Hiya, so I'm really happy to say that I am performing at the Brits next week!! Anddddd I'll also be popping in to see Graham for a chat on the couch while I'm in town too! I'm looking forward to it! Oh, and Rich sends his love." Case closed.

The next day, a source for Us Weekly says Rich and Adele are "still solid" and "committed" to their relationship despite the tension brought on by the residency drama, noting that Rich has been "very patient and supportive" of his GF.

January 25, 2022

Speculation mounts that Adele canceled her Las Vegas residency due to drama with Rich. By which we mean that a source tells Page Six, "Adele's been crying and couldn't get through a single full rehearsal for the past month. Just constantly on the phone with Rich…loudly shouting and sobbing." Yikes.

Oh, and another source says, "She and Rich had been fighting, and their relationship was volatile before she canceled her dates. Adele is very emotional and dramatic. He's an NBA guy who has to go on the road—they are very different—and they hit a rough patch."

January 7, 2022

Another night, another NBA courtside date, with Adele and Rich looking cute as ever and laughing together throughout the game.

December 10, 2021

Adele supports Rich's New Balance sneaker collab by posting several pics of herself rocking a pair of Rich Paul 550s to her IG Story. Love to see a supportive GF.

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Not long after, they are spotted at an NFL game, even holding hands at one point.

November 11, 2021

During an interview with Rolling Stone, Adele says that she and Rich first met years ago at a mutual friend's birthday party while they were both dancing to Drake. She also reveals that she reconnected with Rich one week after her estranged father passed away in May 2021.

Three days later, Adele's concert special, Adele One Night Only, airs on CBS, which includes a sit-down interview between Adele and Oprah Winfrey. During the interview, she says that her relationship with Rich is the first time that she's loved herself enough to be really able to love someone else. "It's just timing," she explains. "But it'd be interesting to see what my reaction is like in general to anything that hurts me now that I feel so secure in myself, and I'm talking outside of romance as well."

October 13, 2021

A source tells Us Weekly that Adele and Rich "complement each other perfectly" and "are in a fantastic place" in their relationship. "They're very committed at this point and it's hard to imagine they won't be together for an extremely long time," the source says, adding, "She really feels like she hit the jackpot."

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Less than a week later, Adele and Rich are spotted courtside at another NBA game, this time between the Golden State Warriors and the Los Angeles Lakers in L.A. Go sports!

October 7, 2021

Adele opens up about Rich to Vogue, saying he's "just so f*cking funny" and that "he was always there" but she "just didn't see him" as a romantic prospect until recently. "I don't feel anxious or nervous or frazzled," she adds. "It's quite the opposite. It's wild....I'm a 33-year-old divorced mother of a son, who's actually in charge. The last thing I need is someone who doesn't know where they're at or what they want. I know what I want. And I really know what I don't want."

September 19, 2021

Adele and Rich go Instagram official (!!!!) on the last slide of this IG photo dump from NBA star Anthony Davis' wedding to Marlen P, so it seems like their relationship is legit:

A few days later, a source tells E! News that Adele is "very much in love with Rich" and that things are getting "more serious" between them. "They have both met each other's kids but have been keeping it low-key around them," the insider explains. "They both stay at each other's places in L.A. and are pretty much inseparable. She feels really comfortable around him and is in a good headspace right now. She is all about having fun and being in good company and Rich definitely provides that."

August 4, 2021

A source tells Us Weekly that Adele and Rich have actually been together "for months," adding, "They have traveled with each other between Los Angeles and New York. He's very shy and keeps a low profile when they go out, whereas Adele is super sociable."

According to the source, the two run in the same social circle, so it's been easy to keep things on the low-down. As they explain, "The people they hang out with know them both personally already, so they don't have to introduce each other, which is probably why nobody picked up on their relationship sooner." Makes sense!

July 17, 2021

Adele and Rich are spotted together for the first time at a Milwaukee Bucks and Phoenix Suns NBA game in Phoenix. Ofc, it isn't long before dating rumors start circulating.

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Amusingly, the news comes from an ESPN host named Brian Windhorst, who accidentally blows up their spot on his podcast the next day, musing, "Rich Paul, [LeBron James'] agent, brings his girlfriend to the game sitting next to LeBron. His girlfriend is Adele. Rich Paul is at the game with Adele. This is the first time they've come out in public together, so this will be all over the tabloids, especially in England tomorrow." Lol, oops.

May 31, 2021

In a profile for the New Yorker, Rich teases that he's been "hanging out" with a "major pop star" lately, though he doesn't name names. He's also quick to add, "I'm not dating, I'm single. Put that in the story."

October 8, 2020

Adele celebrates hosting Saturday Night Live with an Instagram post and uses the opportunity to confirm that she is, in fact, single. (FYI, this post comes amid rumors that she’s dating Skepta due to them being spotted chilling at a mall—in other words, Rich Paul wasn’t in the picture yet!)

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