Eight-time Grammy winner Adele has a lot to celebrate in 2013: Her happy relationship with boyfriend Simon Konecki, their new baby boy, and the fact that she's up for yet another Grammy next month--as well as an Oscar! However, there's one family member who won't be sharing in the joy with her.
Adele vowed last year that she wants nothing to do with her own father, and that promise is holding true--according to her dad himself. In a new interview, Adele's father, Mark Evans, confirms that the singer has completely cut him off and won't accept any attempts at reconciliation. In fact, it's like he is "dead" to her.
"I'm not interested in her celebrity status or her money, I just want my daughter back and I want to be a proper granddad to the little one," Evans, a part-time plumber in South Wales, told the Daily Mail on Sunday.
The rift between Adele and her dad runs deep--Evans, 49, walked out on his daughter and her mother when Adele was only 3 years old. However, he did manage to be a presence in her life, as Adele would spend holidays with her paternal grandparents. By the time she was a teenager, their relationship appeared to have improved. Unfortunately, in 2011--at the peak of Adele's rise to fame--he spoke to the press about their difficulties. The superstar responded with fury to what she considered a major transgression by telling Vogue in 2012 she'd "spit in his face" if she ever saw him again.
Evans claims to have gone to great lengths to reinstate himself in his daughter's life--including embarrassing pleas to her management and label staff to intervene on his behalf--but Adele has been firm in not allowing him to approach her. Evans says he has never met Konecki and he longs to build a bond with his grandson. "I'm missing out on so many of the joys of being a grandfather. Simple pleasures like taking him out for a walk in his buggy," Evans lamented to the Daily Mail.
Evans notes that his daughter maintained a good relationship with his parents and was particularly close to her grandfather before he passed away in 1999. In fact, he says he learned about her pregnancy secondhand from his own mom.
"It’s so sad it's come to this, and all over an honest account of my feelings for her," Evans says, adding that he won't be watching his daughter on TV at the Oscars--where she'll perform her Best Original Song-nominated tune, "Skyfall," from the James Bond flick of the same name, next month.
"I've never said a bad word about Adele and I'm absolutely gutted she’s cut me out of her life."