Adele’s secret LA life

Hooked on placenta facials, doggy playdates with A-listers, plays games in the dark


by Daisy McLure |
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Since moving to Los Angeles five years ago, Londoner Adele’s life has changed beyond measure.

The Easy On Me singer – who is worth an estimated £130m – owns three lavish estates in one of the most exclusive enclaves in Beverly Hills worth an estimated £22m, with neighbours including her best mates, Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence, Cameron Diaz and Nicole Richie.

With her most recent single breaking chart records, the star of the moment will also be the subject of a two-hour interview with Oprah Winfrey next month, in which she’ll open up about her 2019 divorce from Simon Konecki, her incredible recent weight-loss, and raising her nine-year-old son, Angelo.

Her glamorous existence is a far cry from her early life on a central London estate.

But the notoriously private mum-of-one flies under the radar and is rarely snapped or spotted, unlike other celebrities in Tinseltown. Now, insiders lift the lid on her secret LA life and what the down-to-earth star – who has found new love with US sports agent Rich Paul – gets up to behind closed doors...

Legendary ‘wine nights’ and karaoke

Adele’s house parties are said to be “showstoppers” – in 2018, she planned, hosted and paid for her best mate Alan Carr’s wedding to Paul Drayton at her home.

The Chatty Man host said, “She did it all at her house. She sang with our first dance – it was amazing.”

And insiders say Adele loves to have all her mates over for what have become her infamous nights in.

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He married Paul Drayton in 2018 ©Shutterstock

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Emmett J Scanlan

He played the infamous villain on Hollyoaks but Brendan Brady soon turned into the good guy following his relationship with Ste Hay.However in 2013 he left the Channel 4 show and has since appeared in Peaky Blinders, Gangs of London and Guardian's of the Galaxy as the head riot guard.

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Adele Silva

Adele left the role of Kelly Windsor in Emmerdale in 2007 in an attempt to crack America.But, instead of setting Hollywood alight, in 2010 she was pictured working in a Ted Baker store in LA. She then returned to Emmerdale as Kelly in 2011 but left shortly after.

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Nikki Sanderson

Everyone knows Nikki as mouthy hairdresser Candice from Coronation Street. After leaving the cobbles she tried her hand at success across the pond – to lukewarm reception. She managed to land a role in film Boogeyman 3, but sadly for Nikki it went straight to DVD.Fast forward to 2012 and she joined the cast of Hollyoaks as Maxine Minniver.

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Nathalie Emmanuel

She shot to fame in this country as Sasha Valentine on the Channel 4 soap Hollyoaks, but since her exit in 2010 she's managed to find fame stateside.As well as an appearance in the Fast and Furious franchise, Nathalie, landed a role in Game of Thrones as interpreter Missandei. She also features in the second film in the Maze Runner trilogy, The Scorch Trials.

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Ricky Whittle

Another Valentine sibling to swap Hollyoaks for Hollywood was Ricky who played Calvin from 2006 until 2011. Unfortunately he was shot dead on his wedding day by Theresa McQueen.He has since starred in The CW Network series The 100, playing Lincoln, and American God where he has taken on the role of Shadow Moon.

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Ben Hardy

This is one actor who has well and truly swapped Walford for Hollywood.After his shock departure from EastEnders, in which he played Peter Beale aka Ian Beale's son, Ben landed a role in X-Men: Apocalypse – an actual main, speaking part. He's also appeared in Bohemian Rhapsody, Mary Shelley and Netflix's movie 6 Underground.

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Sam Strike

Another EastEnders alumni, Sam quit his role as Johnny Carter in 2014 and went on to star in British drama film Bonded By Blood 2.He later made his Hollywood debut in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre prequel Leatherface and has since played a serial rapist in the Netflix show Mindhunter.

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Robert Kazinsky

Rob played EastEnders favourite Sean Slater from 2006 until 2009, but got his big American break when he was cast in the hit vampire series True Blood, playing Macklyn Warlow. He then appeared in Pacific Rim, Warcraft and Captain Marvel.Rob returned to EastEnders for a brief stint in 2019 but viewers are yet to see him make another comeback.

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Patsy Palmer

We loved Patsy as Bianca in EastEnders, but she left the soap in 2014 to pursue her American dream.While she's yet to be cast in any major roles, Patsy did manage to land a job in a Best Buy advert. Well everyone's got to start somewhere, haven't they?And despite being an actress turned DJ, it's Patsy's children that have made it big in the US.

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Lacey Turner

She's well known for playing Stacey Slater in EastEnders but in 2010 Lacey bowed out of the show after her onscreen character fled the country after killing Archie Mitchell.Ahh throwback.Following her departure from the show, Lacey played the part of a witch in ITV2's show Switch but it wasn't long before she reprised her role as Stacey.In 2014 she headed back onto the square and finally confessed to the police that she killed Archie.

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Michelle Keegan

Coronation Street fans will remember where Michelle Keegan first started on TV and it was on the Cobbles.The actress played Tina McIntyre and during her time on the show she hid her abortion from David Platt, she tried to keep Gary and Izzy's baby after she was their surrogate and she was left devastated after her dad faked his own death but ended up actually dying.It's safe to say that she went out with a bang, after all Rob Donovan pushed her off a balcony.After leaving the ITV show, Michelle went on to star in Tina and Bobby, Our Girl and Brassic.

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Rachel Shenton

From 2010 to 2013 Rachel Shenton starred in Hollyoaks as Mitzeee Minniver. The feisty character left the show and moved to America upon discovering she's five months pregnant with Riley Costello's baby.After leaving the Oaks, Rachel went on to star in Switched at Birth and White Gold. However, it was in 2018 when she won an Oscar for her short movie The Silent Child, in which she wrote and starred in.

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Martine McCutcheon

She's well known for playing Tiffany Mitchell in EastEnders but after Frank Butcher ran her over outside the Queen Vic she died.Fast forward a few years and Martine McCutcheon played Natalie in Love Actually. You know, the movie that everyone goes crazy about around Christmas time.She's also appeared in Agatha Christie's Marple, Midsomer Murders and as a panelist on Loose Women.

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Roxanne McKee

Roxanne first graced our screen as Louise Summer's in Hollyoaks. During her time in the village she cheated on Calvin Valentine with Warren Fox, had an abortion after not know who her baby daddy was and was murdered by her fiancé Warren Fox on their wedding night.Cute.After leaving the Channel 4 show, Roxanne went on appear in EastEnders: E20, Vendetta and Game of Thrones. In the popular HBO programme, she played Doreah; you know the woman who betrayed Daenerys with Xaro and was left to die in the vault with him.How charming?

A source says, “Adele’s wine nights are so popular that she’s spoken to Cameron [Diaz] – who has launched her own organic wine – about buying a vineyard together.

“She will often cook, then she and her pals will get silly, talk late into the night, and have been known to belt out a karaoke Beyoncé song or two!”

Hiding out in darkened rooms...

She’s previously labelled herself a “bit of a recluse” and insiders say Adele is very careful to live out of the spotlight – steering clear of celeb hotspots and choosing more discreet haunts so she can let her hair down.

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She’s been dating Rich Paul for a few months ©Instagram / adele


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The source says, “Adele’s good at finding secret or undercover haunts where she won’t be bombarded by fans and paps.

“Some of her favourite restaurants in LA are hole-in-the-wall places like her go-to sushi spot, Kiyono, and Wi Jammin, a small family-owned Caribbean restaurant she loves.

“She and Rich recently went to a place in Koreatown called Maze Rooms Escape – recommended by her British pal and neighbour, James Corden – where you can play interactive games in darkness, which she absolutely loved, especially as no one could see who she was!”

Private gyms, puppy walking and Pilates

Adele recently credited her exercise “obsession” for her 7st weight loss, revealing that she often works out three times a day.

The star frequents a small, private gym in West Hollywood for her rigorous morning workouts with her personal trainer, Gregg Miele.

She is also said to enjoy Pilates sessions with Robbie Williams’ wife, Ayda Field, as well as swimming, boxing and hiking.

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She’s just got two new dogs ©Instagram / adele

A source says, “Adele loves going on sunset walks with her mates and she’ll choose her trail depending on her mood, with her favourites being Franklin Canyon and the Santa Monica Mountains.

“She recently got two new puppies who need a lot of exercise, so she enjoys taking them out and doing doggy playdates with Robbie and Ayda’s pup, Buddy.

“She’s joked about having to carry the dogs when they get tired and tells her mates back home in England that she’ll become a true Los Angeleno if she ever gets a doggy stroller!”

Playdates with the Cordens

Adele’s son, Angelo, is said to be close to comedian James Corden’s son Max, 10 – both of whom attended a NBA game alongside the singer and boyfriend Rich last week – with the boys enjoying regular playdates together.

A source says, “Max and Angelo get on really well and Adele will invite Julia [Carey, James’ wife] over for a natter while the boys run wild and play in the garden, riding their bikes and skating.

“The kids have grown up together and Adele loves the fact that they can connect over their UK roots, which gives them a special bond.”

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The duo have done a carpool karaoke together ©The late late show

The star is “very involved” with Angelo’s school, where he is said to have a close-knit group of friends.

The source adds, “Adele enjoys having Angelo’s mates over after school and being a regular mum – jumping in the pool with them or making them toasties while they play computer games.

“As he goes to a small private school in Beverly Hills, quite a few of his classmates have high-profile parents so he’s not treated any differently, which is what Adele wanted.”

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Sheep placenta facials and infrared saunas

She’s been wowing fans with her new look since shedding 7st and showed off her flawless complexion in a recent Q&A on Instagram.

And insiders tell Closer that Adele has become a devotee of celebrity skincare guru, Yonat Zilberg, who was recommended to her by close pal Nicole Richie.

A source says, “Adele’s never been a fan of all the high-end beauty treatments, but ever since Nicole gifted her a voucher for a facial with Yonat, she’s been hooked.

“Yonat’s spa is tucked away so she can sneak in and out without being snapped. She goes every couple of weeks for treatments and has become hooked on the facials which use her famous serum and facials, which is made from sheep placenta.

“Adele has regular massages, too, which are a must, given her intense workout regime.

“She’s also a huge fan of infrared sauna pods, floatation therapy and drip therapy [where vitamins are given through the veins]. These all aid fitness recovery as well as help her to relax and destress, which has helped to curb her anxiety.”

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