From bedsits in Brixton to biggest selling albums...

Years before she became famous with her soulful music, Adele Laurie Blue Adkins was born in Tottenham, London.

She arrived on 5 May 1988 to 19-year-old Penny Adkins and her partner, 22-year-old Mark Evans.

Mark left when Adele was three and a few years later spiralled into alcoholism. He admits: ‘I was a rotten father at a time when she really needed me.’

By the age of four, Adele was obsessed with singing and her mum often kept her up past bedtime to perform for her friends at dinner parties.

Adele confesses it was the Spice Girls who inspired her.

‘I’ll never be ashamed to say I love the Spice Girls because they made me who I am,’ she says.

However, it wasn’t long before Adele began to play up. Aged 11, she and her mum moved to Brixton, south London – at the time an area ravaged by gang crime.

Adele began cutting class at her local state school.

Luckily, things improved when Penny enrolled Adele in Croydon’s BRIT School. Her classmates included Leona Lewis and Jessie J.

‘The kids were passionate about what they were doing there,’ says Adele, ‘whereas the ambition at my state school was to get pregnant and sponge off the government.’

Trained in music, Adele graduated from the BRIT School in 2006 and cut a three-track demo. Things started to change after a pal posted her tracks on MySpace.

‘My friend gave me the website password. I went on there and had all of these emails from record companies,’ says Adele.

‘Three days later, I was in the offices of XL Recordings, who ended up signing me.’

Adele’s debut album went platinum four times over and won her two prestigious Grammy Awards. Her second record 21 did even better.

In January 2012, it was reported that Adele had started dating charity boss Simon Konecki.

Taking a break from music, Adele welcomed her and Simon’s son Angelo in October of that year.

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