Why Adele is helping a world famous couple split

Six months on from her painful split from Kanye West, Kim Kardashian leans on pal Adele who guides her through single life with private late-night talks as they help inspire each other to find happiness


by Daisy McLure |
Updated on

They have both gone through high-profile marital splits – and now Adele and Kim Kardashian are said to be confiding in each other and sharing tips on how to move on and find happiness after each experiencing heartache.

Last week, as she announced her fourth album, 30 – written about her 2019 divorce from Simon Konecki – Adele said she had “finally found my feeling again” after coming to terms with their separation, which had left her in “a maze of absolute mess and inner turmoil”. In her highly anticipated new single, Easy On Me, she sings about changing who she was to put him first.

Earlier this month, Adele opened up about the devastating impact of the divorce on their nine-year-old son, Angelo.

adele and her ex husband
She split from her ex Simon in 2019 ©Getty Images

Discussing the guilt that resulted from her decision to end her marriage, the 33-year-old superstar revealed, “I voluntarily chose to dismantle [Angelo’s] entire life in the pursuit of my own happiness. It made him really unhappy sometimes. And that’s a wound for me that I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to heal.”

Her painful admission – revealing that her son had questioned why his parents couldn’t still live together – came ahead of the release of her new album, which she says she hopes will offer her only child some answers.

The notoriously private star added, “If I can reach the reason why I left… If I can find that happiness and he sees me in that happiness, then maybe I’ll be able to forgive myself for it. I want my son to see me really love and be loved. It’s really important to me… I’ve been on my journey to find my true happiness ever since.”

Check out: the most shocking celebrity breakups of the decade


Most shocking breakups of the decade - slider

Louise and Jamie Redknapp1 of 30
CREDIT: Getty Images

Louise and Jamie Redknapp

They were the British A-list couple that we thought would last but the world was stunned in July 2017 when Louise and Jamie Redknapp confirmed they'd split after 19 years together. Months later Louise opened up about the end of her marriage and following the end of the Redknapp marriage, it was reported that celebrities were refusing to sign up to the BBC show because of the Strictly curse.

Cheryl and Ashley Cole2 of 30
CREDIT: Getty Images

Cheryl and Ashley Cole

Cheryl and Ashley Cole first met in 2004 and quickly became an A-list couple. Two years later they tied the knot in an extravagant wedding. However, in 2010 following cheating allegations that were splashed across the media, Chez split from her footballer husband.

Lisa Armstrong and Ant McPartlin3 of 30
CREDIT: Getty Images

Lisa Armstrong and Ant McPartlin

Lisa Armstrong and Ant McPartlin had been together for 23 years and married for 11 but in January 2018, the TV presenter confirmed he was filing for divorce following his rehab stint.However after a drink driving arrest, a second visit to rehab and liking a lot of shady tweets – the pair officially divorced nine months after splitting.

Lenny Henry and Dawn French4 of 30
CREDIT: Getty Images

Lenny Henry and Dawn French

At the beginning of the decade, Dawn French and Lenny Henry announced they were splitting after 25 years of marriage.

Paul and Alex Hollywood5 of 30
CREDIT: Getty Images

Paul and Alex Hollywood

Great British Bake Off star Paul Hollywood and his wife Alex split after 20 years together. They'd previously split in 2013 after the GBBO star had an affair with his American co-star but they managed to patch things over and make things work. For a while.

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie6 of 30
CREDIT: Getty Images

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie

We still can't believe Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie split in 2016 after ten years together and two years marriage. The couple are parents to six children; Maddox, 18, Shiloh, 13, Pax, 16, Zahara, 14, Vivienne, 11, and Knox, 11. Even George Clooney was stunned at the news; well, to be fair he did find out during an interview.

Millie Mackintosh and Professor Green7 of 30
CREDIT: Getty Images

Millie Mackintosh and Professor Green

We thought they'd be a real-life Romeo and Juliet (minus the death) but Millie Mackintosh and Professor Green called it quits after being married for three years. We weren't the only ones who thought they were a power couple; remember when Craig Lawson joked he'd be the next Pro Green and Millie with Camilla Thurlow? Yeah, that didn't last.

Bruce and Kris Jenner8 of 30
CREDIT: Getty Images

Bruce and Kris Jenner

They're the head of the Kardashian/Jenner household but in 2013 the world was shocked when Bruce and Kris Jenner announced they had separated after 23 years of marriage. A year later, Kris filed for divorce and cited "irreconcilable differences" as the reason. A month after their divorce was finalised, Bruce publicly came out as a transgender woman – Caitlyn.

Katy Perry and Russell Brand9 of 30
CREDIT: Getty Images

Katy Perry and Russell Brand

One of the most heart-breaking celebrity break ups was definitely Katy Perry and Russell Brand, after all, she found out their 14-month marriage ended via TEXT. Their entire split was shown on her documentary Part of Me and remarkably Katy still performed on stage just hours after Russell announced he wanted to end their marriage.

Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom10 of 30
CREDIT: Getty Images

Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom

Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom had only known each other for three weeks before they tied the knot. Yes, really. They lasted four years before the Keeping Up with The Kardashians star filed for divorce. However, in 2015 she withdrew the file after Lamar suffered a drug overdose and she had to take control of his health decisions. There were reports that the pair would reunite but in 2016 their divorce was finalised.

Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries11 of 30
CREDIT: Getty Images

Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries

Kim appeared to have followed in the footsteps as her younger sister Khloe when she got engaged to Kris Humphries after just seven months. She documented her 'dream' wedding on Keeping Up with The Kardashians but their relationship didn't last and they split just 72 DAYS after their wedding. Their breakup was also documented on their show.

Stormzy and Maya Jama12 of 30
CREDIT: Getty Images

Stormzy and Maya Jama

We're still devastated about Stormzy and Maya Jama splitting, tbh. They were the dream team and had been together for four years – despite being very private they appeared in Vogue magazine together and the grime artist dedicated a song to her. However in August 2019 they called it quits and the TV presenter unfollowed him on Instagram.

Seal and Heidi Klum13 of 30
CREDIT: Getty Images

Seal and Heidi Klum

Seal and Heidi Klum renewed their wedding vows every year on their anniversary however after a seven-year marriage they called it quits. The A-list couple are parents to four children; Leni (who Heidi had from a previous relationship, but Seal adopted) and during their relationship they also welcomed Henry, Johan and Lou into the world.

Gary Lucy and Natasha Gray14 of 30
CREDIT: Getty Images

Gary Lucy and Natasha Gray

After dating for 10 years and then being married for four, Gary Lucy and Natasha Gray called time on their marriage. The pair confirmed the news in a statement saying, "This was a very difficult decision, but was reached mutually and amicably. No other parties are involved."

Liam Payne and Cheryl15 of 30
CREDIT: Getty Images

Liam Payne and Cheryl

We're pretty sure the world was shocked when Liam Payne and Cheryl announced they were dating. However they then went on to welcome baby Bear Grey Payne into the world and despite breakup rumours they posed together at the Brit Awards in 2018. Unfortunately a few months later – and a total of two years together - they split.

Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy16 of 30
CREDIT: Getty Images

Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy

This break up is still a bit weird and we're not really sure why it happened because – spoiler alert – they're not real people. Anyways, in 2015 the puppets announced the end of their relationship in a lengthy statement.

Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick17 of 30
CREDIT: Getty Images

Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick

Another KUWTK break up – this one more surprising than the others – was Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick. The pair had been together for nine years and during that time they welcomed Mason, Penelope and Reign. They'd split a few times throughout their relationship – which included Scott doing to rehab and cheating allegations. However in 2015 they split for good.

Cheryl and Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini18 of 30
CREDIT: Getty Images

Cheryl and Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini

Cheryl literally surprised the world when she announced on Instagram that she had eloped with Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini after three months of dating. The pair seemed totally in love until Cheryl raised concerns among fans after losing a lot of weight and slammed any split rumours by revealing her father in law had died. Unfortunately their romance wasn't to last and after 18 months of marriage they split.

Perrie Edwards and Zayn Malik19 of 30
CREDIT: Getty Images

Perrie Edwards and Zayn Malik

Little Mix's Perri Edwards and One Direction's Zayn Malik were X Factor sweethearts. They supported each other's career, posted adorable snaps and even got a puppy together. The singers then got engaged but two years later – following cheating accusations and after Zayn quit One Direction – it came to light that he ended their relationship. While she claimed he dumped her via text, he denied it.

Adele and Simon Konecki20 of 30
CREDIT: Getty Images

Adele and Simon Konecki

She's notoriously private with her life but in 2019 is came to light that Adele and her husband Simon Konecki had split. Awhopping £145m is the figure being talked about in relation to their divorce. In 2012 they welcomed their only child into the world – Angelo.

Chris Pratt and Anna Faris21 of 30
CREDIT: Getty Images

Chris Pratt and Anna Faris

Chris Pratt and Anna Faris announced they were splitting back in 2018 and a few months later their divorce was finalised. At the time they released a statement, saying: "We tried hard for a long time, and we're really disappointed. "Our son has two parents who love him very much and for his sake we want to keep this situation as private as possible moving forward."They went on to say they "still have love for each other".

Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan22 of 30
CREDIT: Getty Images

Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan

Step Up stars Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan called it quits after being married for eight years. At the time they insisted they'd "lovingly chosen to separate as a couple". During their relationship they welcomed their daughter Everly into the world.

Bradley Cooper and Irina Shayk23 of 30
CREDIT: Getty Images

Bradley Cooper and Irina Shayk

We were devastated in June 2019 when one of the hottest A-list couples – Bradley Cooper and Irina Shayk – split after four years together. Apparently the parents to their daughter Lea De Seine hadn't "been good for a few months".

Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes24 of 30
CREDIT: Getty Images

Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes

Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes dated for seven years and were married for six but in 2012 it came to light that she had filed for divorce. He later spoke out and admitted he "did not expect" the turn of events.

Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux25 of 30
CREDIT: Getty Images

Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux

Friends star Jennifer Aniston and her husband Justin Theroux called it quits after being married for two years. At the time they said the "decision was mutual and loving" and it appeared to be the truth because a year later to paid tribute to his ex-wife to celebrate her 50th birthday.

Miranda Kerr and Orlando Bloom26 of 30
CREDIT: Getty Images

Miranda Kerr and Orlando Bloom

Victoria's Secret model and Hollywood actor Miranda Kerr and Orlando Bloom broke up after six years together. After being married for three years they announced they'd been "amicably separated for the past few months" before confirming their relationship had ended.

Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth27 of 30
CREDIT: Getty Images

Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth

Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth lived a real-life story after falling in love on the set of The Last Song. However after four years together they split. They were then on/off but decided to call it quits AGAIN after eight years together. Their relationship didn't end there though because they reunited and got married but eight months after their wedding they split again.

Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson28 of 30
CREDIT: Getty Images

Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson

Another couple who took the world by surprise were Twilightstars Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson. They met on the set of the vampire phenomenon back in 2009 and fell in love. While we all thought it would last, it didn't. Their relationship hit a rough patch in 2012 when Kristen's affair with her married director Rupert Sanders was exposed by paparazzi. Robert forgave her and they tried to make it work but they split a few months later.

Fergie and Josh Duhamel29 of 30
CREDIT: Getty Images

Fergie and Josh Duhamel

After eight years together Fergie and Josh Duhamel announced their split. Fast forward two years and Fergie filed for divorce.

Matt Leblanc and Aurora Mulligan30 of 30

Matt Leblanc and Aurora Mulligan

In news that shocked Friends fans the world over, In February 2022 it was reported that Matt LeBlanc - best known for playing Joey Tribbiani on the show – had split from his girlfriend of six years, Top Gear producer Aurora Mulligan.

adele new boyfriend
With her new boyfriend Rich ©Instagram / adele


Loved up Adele's baby joy: 'She's moving her mum in to help out'

How Khloe Kardashian and Jacqueline Jossa have bonded over their insecurities

Meghan Markle and Kim Kardashian's secret battle

In interviews for US and UK Vogue, the Hello singer also spoke about her new romance with sports agent, Rich Paul, 39, after meeting through mutual friends earlier this year. “We’re very happy. He’s great,” she gushed. “He’s so f--kng funny. He’s so smart, you know.”

And as the star – who shed 7st following her marriage breakdown, admitting she became “addicted” to exercise in a bid to ease her anxiety following the split – details her journey to new-found happiness, insiders say she has been secretly helping her pal, Kim Kardashian, 40, with her own struggles amid her third divorce from the father of her four children, Kanye West, 44.

kim kardashian kanye west
The divorced pair going to the NBC studios together before filming SNL ©Getty Images

Insiders previously told Closer that the pair had struck up a friendship after meeting through Adele’s new boyfriend, whose clients include the basketball-star boyfriends of two of Kim’s sisters – Khloé’s on/off beau, Tristan Thompson, and Kendall’s boyfriend, Devin Booker.

A source says, “Kim’s been struggling with the fact that they no longer live as a complete family – she never wanted that for her children, so she feels terribly guilty over it.

“Adele has been a huge support and has told Kim she is proof that, sometimes, you need to make the difficult decision to put yourself first for everyone to find happiness.

adele hiking
She enjoys exercise and hiking... ©Instagram / adele

“Adele’s really passionate about the subject as she went from being so unhappy to finding her true self and being more content than she thought possible.

“Kim is inspired by her strength, and she’s become her go-to friend over the last couple of months – she now calls Adele her ‘divorce coach!’

“Often, Kim will call Adele at night in a panic over the magnitude of her decisions and Adele will quote snippets of the book she swore by after leaving Simon – Untamed by Glennon Doyle – to help reaffirm her decision and completely overhaul her attitude.

“She’s also encouraged Kim to meditate daily to help get out of her own head and have a clearer mindset, which has been helping immensely, too.”

kim kardashian working out
...as does Kim, who often visits the gym ©Instagram / kimkardashian

Since filing for divorce in March, Kim has sparked speculation she may reunite with the rapper amid a series of cosy public displays and reports she was “open” to a reunion.

Kanye even sat in the front row to support his estranged ex last week as she followed in her friend Adele’s footsteps to guest-host US comedy show Saturday Night Live – watching as she light-heartedly poked fun at him.

“I married the best rapper of all time,” she quipped. “A talented, legit genius who gave me four incredible kids. So, when I divorce him, you have to know it came down to just one thing: his personality.”

Closer magazine
©Closer magazine

And insiders say Adele has urged the reality star to stay on good terms with Kanye – but insists it doesn’t mean they have to get back together.

Adele maintains a strong co-parenting relationship with Simon and, last month, his BFF and EastEnders star Sid Owen invited her to his wedding to Victoria Shores, insisting, “[She and Simon] are really good friends, they still get on well.”

And insiders say Kim – who shares joint custody of North, eight, Saint, five, Chicago, three, and two-year-old Psalm with the rapper – has taken inspiration from Adele’s co-parenting set-up, which she hopes to mirror with the troubled rapper.

WATCH: Roman Hackett on life before joining TOWIE: ‘I was worried about the racist comments’

The source adds, “Kim and Adele have made a pact to lean on each other whenever they need and this has given Kim a huge amount of strength – it’s made her feel more confident in her decision to not look back.

“Adele has helped her to see that she isn’t a failure for pulling the plug on her marriage – if anything, she’s setting the greatest example possible to her children by showing them the importance of doing what truly makes you happy, as well as surrounding them with love. Kim and Adele have really come to rely on each other.”

And, in an effort to fulfill that pact, pals say Adele has vowed to help Kim find love again, like she has.

The source adds, “Kim’s ready to move on and meet someone who will give her butterflies again and remind her why she’s done this – to ultimately find true happiness.

“Adele’s already got her eyes on one of Rich’s friends, who she wants to set her up with. They’re hoping to go on a double date in the next couple of weeks, which is giving Kim something to look forward to and smile about.”

Just so you know, whilst we may receive a commission or other compensation from the links on this website, we never allow this to influence product selections - read why you should trust us