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Adele’s Father Complains to Press That He’s Never Met Her Son

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Adele has an estranged — at best — relationship with her father, in part because of her parents’ split and in part because he speaks about her in the press. Her dad, Mark Evans, spoke to the press once again in hopes of gaining her attention and access to her new baby boy … but it’s probably not going to happen.

“I’ve left messages on her phone, I’ve written to her and I’ve sent her birthday and Christmas cards but it’s like I’m dead to her,” Evans told The Daily Mail. “I’m not interested in her celebrity status or her money, I just want my daughter back and I want to be a proper granddad to the little one.”
Evans revealed that he didn’t know he was going to be a grandfather until the rest of us did. “Not only did I hear I was going to be a granddad for the first time via the media, I found out the same way that she’s calling the baby Angelo James,” he said. (We guess that’s the little man’s name!)

“I’d hoped so much that she’d put my late dad’s name, John, in there somewhere, but alas it looks as if it is not going to be,” he lamented.

He also complained that Adele’s baby name may reflect her “celebrity status,” but considering the singer is probably the least spotlight-courting in the business, that seems unlikely. “I’m not sure why she’s chosen James, other than a reference to James Bond, and God alone knows where Angelo has come from,” he scoffed. “It’s very L.A., isn’t it?”

Ouch! How does he know those aren’t family names from the baby’s father, Simon Konecki? Or maybe Adele just likes the way they sound. In any case, he’s likely not winning himself back into her good graces by criticizing her decision.

It turns out, Evans was upset that Adele didn’t name the baby John, after his own father. He pined, “If only she’d called him John. That would have meant so much to me – and to Dad, God bless him. He’d have been so touched,” he said. “She spent every minute with him when she came to stay at weekends and school holidays as a kid. She adored him and he always had so much time and patience for her.”

Evans continued, “It’s Dad I think of when I see Adele on television now. It tears me apart to see her living her dream because I know how much my father would have loved to have seen her succeed. I can’t watch her live shows, it is too painful for me because all I would think about is what my father, who loved her so much, was missing.”

Evans won’t even watch Adele’s triumphant return at the Academy Awards. “The same goes for the Oscars. I know she’ll win because she’s brilliant,” he assured, “but I won’t be there and I won’t even watch it on television. It would upset me too much to know that I was watching something that my dad never got to see. I’d break down and fall apart … and believe me, if Adele caught a glimpse of my face at the Oscars and saw how upset I was, she’d know straight away what I was thinking and the kid would crumple. I’d never want to put either of us through that.”

Evans’ predicament surely is a heartbreaking one; he said he’s bummed to be “missing out on … simple pleasures like taking him out for a walk in his buggy along the promenade at Penarth like I used to with Adele, then stop off for an ice cream on the way back,” he sighed. “I want to do all the granddad stuff with him – feed the ducks in park, skim pebbles in the sea, splash around in the surf. And then there’s all the music we could listen to together. I’d play him my old blues records and sing him lullabies to help him close his eyes at bedtime,” he said. “I just want normality. I want to be like any other grandad. I’ve got mates who I see with their grandchildren and I can’t bear to watch. It shows me what I’m missing out on.”

Unfortunately, seeing as Adele is ferociously protective of her private life and her tot, we don’t see this happening anytime soon. We hope they can work out their differences and put their problems behind them, but that won’t happen if Evans keeps talking to the press about not talking to his daughter.

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