Editor’s Note (October 28, 2020): Adele took to Instagram today to thank SNL for the opportunity to be on their show. She signed off the post with “I’m going back to my cave now to be the (single) cat lady that I am!”–indicating that she is still single.
Adele and rapper Skepta are reportedly becoming closer, according to a People Exclusive. The pair who are said to run in the same circles also have another important thing in common: their children.
According to People, the pair have formed a “deep connection” over their shared love of music, their shared home neighborhood of Tottenham in London, and their shared experience of raising young children in London. Skepta, real name Joseph Junior Adenuga, has a 2-year-old daughter named River from a previous relationship. Adele, also a single parent, has one son, Angelo James, who is 8-years old.
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Skepta previously shared in 2016 that the two had connected and that Adele, “speaks to [him] about how things are going.”
Adele has previously been acknowledged as a “very involved” mother who loves life as a mom, according to an article published in Harpers Bazaar. The singer and her ex, Simon Konecki, filed for divorce in 2019 and now share the parenting of their son. An insider told Harpers Bazaar that Adele, “loves her mom life.”
“Her whole mindset changed after she decided she wanted to be a healthier mom,” the insider said. “And she never looked back.”
Skepta has also publicly stated his love of being a dad, telling Metro that, after two miscarriages with his ex, having River “definitely made everything feel worth it.”
By joining their lives, the musical duo will be joining the ranks of blended families. According to the Office for National Statistics, as of 2011, there were 544,000 stepfamilies in the UK, representing about 11% of coupled families. While the number has gone down from the 2001 statistics, there are still hundreds of thousands of UK families looking to Adele and Skepta as an example of how to blend two families.
Hand in Hand, an organization dedicated to providing tools and resources to parents to “build resilient families and supportive communities of parents and professionals,” recommends seven main strategies when blending families or adding a stepparent: placing focus on individual relationships; supporting children as they handle the transition; using laughter to build closeness and reduce tension; finding someone to listen to you individually; using activities to unite rather than alienate; speaking of the other parents involved with respect; and finding a calm within the inevitable storms.
As difficult as blending families can be, approaching it with love for each other and your children can make all the difference. With both Adele and Skepta acting as involved, loving parents, they will set an example of how to merge two lives and two family dynamics.
SOURCES: People, Harpers Bazaar, Metro, Office for National Statistics, Hand in Hand
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