Adele opened up about the heartbreak her late alcoholic father caused her when he abandoned her at age three and how she reconciled with him shortly before his death during an interview with Oprah as part of the two-hour CBS special ‘Adele One Night Only.’
The 15th Grammy winner confessed to Oprah that she got some closure after meeting with her estranged father, Mark Evans, in Wales before he passed away in May from bowel cancer.
‘My dad’s absolute lack of presence and effort…But I finally understood that it was the alcohol…It took my dad from me,’ she said tearing up.
Adele told Oprah her father’s absence when she was a child had shaped the way she navigated relationships as an adult, and made her hurt her partners as a defense mechanism to avoid being hurt herself.
‘I hurt the first, not in a malicious way, but protect herself,’ she said.
The singer also talked about her divorce and how she felt ’embarrassed’ that her relationship with ex-husband Simon Konecki had failed, just as her parents’.
‘I take marriage very seriously and it seems like I don’t…That’s what it should be. When we have kids, we stay together, and I tried. I was so disappointed for my son, I was so disappointed for myself,’ she said.
‘Nothing as scary as what I’ve been through in the past two years behind closed doors,’ she added.
After Oprah touched on Adele’s ‘interesting relationship’ with alcohol, the singer said her father’s death had made an impact in her lifestyle.
‘It [ Alcohol] took my dad from me,’ Adele said. ‘Once I realized I had to do a lot to work on myself, I stopped drinking and started working out a lot.’
Adele’s estranged father, Mark Evans, died in May at the age of 57 after a long battle with bowel cancer.
She said she met with her father in Wales shortly before his death, and got closure after the heartbreak she suffered as a little girl due to Evan’s absence in her life.
‘My dad’s absolute lack of presence and effort. But I finally understood that it was the alcohol,’ she said.
Evans and his daughter famously fell out in 2011 when Evans – who walked out on the singer when she was a child – claimed in an interview that she struggled to find love because of her abandonment issues.
It was revealed in 2019 that Evans – who announced his bowel cancer diagnosis six years earlier – was earning just £50 a day as a Yodel delivery driver after giving up his career as a plumber.
Evans admitted he was a ‘rotten father’ to his daughter when she was growing up, blaming his alcoholism – triggered by the collapse of his relationship with Adele’s mother Penny Adkins – for the way he treated her.
He walked out when his daughter was three, leaving her mother to raise her single-handedly.
He said: ‘I was putting away two liters of vodka and seven or eight pints of Stella every day.
‘I drank like that for three years. God only knows how I survived it.’
He added that he was ‘deeply ashamed’ of what he had ‘become’, adding: ‘The kindest thing I could do for Adele was to make sure she never saw me in that state.’