- Adele, 33, has reportedly been dating sports agent Rich Paul for a few months now.
- The couple recently went Instagram official.
- The singer-songwriter just opened up about her relationship with Rich in a new interview.
Adele was previously married to CEO Simon Konecki, and the two share a son together, Angelo. They were together for seven years before Adele filed for divorce in 2019. In March 2021, the two finally reached a settlement, per Page Six.
Since then, a few romantic rumors have followed the "Hello" singer around (including a possible connection with British rapper Skepta), but she has continually posted about living the single life on Instagram.
Now, she's stepping into the spotlight with her new boyfriend Rich Paul, 39, a high-profile sports agent. Here's everything to know about Rich, including his celeb connections:
Rich Paul is a sports agent who works with NBA players.
Rich founded Klutch Sports Group, an agency that represents professional basketball players, per People. His clients include LeBron James, Trae Young, and Ben Simmons. He's known for being very good at his job—and persistent. Since starting his company in 2012, Rich has done almost $2 billion in deals, according to a recent New Yorker article.
One NBA general manager described Rich as "absolutely unrelenting in getting his players what they want, and he will use every means available to him to do that." Rich is also known for his commitment to "player empowerment," or helping NBA players build fan bases that support them, not just their teams.
FYI, here he is:
He's from Cleveland, Ohio.
Rich was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. Growing up, he "definitely wanted to be an athlete," per the New Yorker, but he later realized that path wasn't for him, due to his height. "Your heart is big, but I'm small in size," he said.
Rich originally went to college at the University of Akron before transferring to Cleveland State when his father was diagnosed with intestinal cancer. He then dropped out after his father's death.
Rich's father "was always telling me my education was important," he told the New Yorker. "I always wanted to work. But I still probably would have finished school if my father was alive. I never wanted to let him down." So instead, Rich decided to follow in his footsteps as "as an entrepreneur and businessman."
Rich has been friends with LeBron James for about 20 years.
Rich and LeBron first met in 2002 at an airport, according to the New Yorker. They quickly became friends after bonding over their love for vintage sports jerseys. They stayed close, and Rich started working with LeBron right after he was drafted into the NBA.
"I just felt like Rich was someone I wanted to grow with," LeBron explained to ESPN Magazine back in 2012. "He'd always kept it real with me, and I wanted him to be down with my team." Now, the two hang out pretty much everywhere together, from basketball courts to red carpets.
Rich has tons of celeb friends.
And LeBron isn't Rich's only celeb connection. He's also been spotted at games with famous figures like Khloe Kardashian:
And JoJo Siwa:
Plus Jay-Z, Lionel Richie, Trevor Noah, Chance the Rapper—the list goes on!
Rich and Adele have been together for a few months.
"Rich just incredibly arrived," she said. "I don't feel anxious or nervous or frazzled. It's quite the opposite. It's wild." Adele explained that the two first met while at a party when she asked him (while "a bit drunk") "Do you want to sign me? I'm an athlete now."
The duo were friends for a while before deciding to date. The singer said she knew she'd hit it off with Rich because "the last thing I need is someone who doesn't know where they're at, or what they want. I know what I want," she added. "And I really know what I don't want."
The pair made their first public appearance together at (you guessed it) an NBA game in July. "I didn't mean to go public with it. I just wanted to go to the game," Adele explained. "I just love being around him. I just love it."
And, according to her, it's going pretty well. "He's just so f—ing funny," she said. "He was dancing. All the other guys were just sitting around. He was just dancing away."
Like Adele, Rich is also a parent.
He has three kids but has never been married, according to the New Yorker. He posted a snap of daughter Reonna on Instagram a while ago:
And, he's about to be a published author.
Rich's memoir, Lucky Me, will be published by Roc Lit 101 (part of rapper Jay-Z's entertainment company, Roc Nation). The book will follow Rich's journey from growing up in Ohio to establishing a career in professional sports, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
“Lucky Me is more than my story,” Rich said. “Lucky Me is the story of every young Black man who grew up like me. I want to use my story to uplift and inspire those who lived this and educate those who didn’t. I cannot tell you what it means to partner with my friend and mentor Jay-Z on this project. Lucky Me was the name of the book before I even spoke with Jay because his music was my life’s soundtrack.”
Sounds like these two will be achieving power couple status in no time.