Rumor has it that everyone’s favorite Spice Girls fanatic has a new man in her life. According to “Page Six,” Adele is dating LeBron James’s agent, Rich Paul. Not to be misread as “Adele is dating LeBron James” — an easy mistake to make and one that led me to imagine a world in which LeBron and Adele regularly do “Carpool Karaoke.”
On Saturday, Adele and Paul were seen together courtside at game five of the NBA Finals. Very Sporty Spice! After the game, ESPN’s Brian Windhorst appeared to confirm the two are dating on an episode of the sports podcast The Lowe Post, referring to Adele as Paul’s girlfriend. Now, a source has told “Page Six” that Adele and Paul are “100 percent” dating. I, for one, wish the couple a hearty congrats.
Though this is news to most of us, Adele and Paul may have been keeping their relationship under wraps for a few months. In a May New Yorker profile, Paul dropped the name of a “major pop star,” saying she was at his house the day before. When asked what they were doing, Paul said “hanging out.” When asked why they were hanging out, Paul said, “Why not?” Why not, indeed! At the time, however, Paul added, “I’m not dating. I’m single. Put that in the story.” Hmm, are you sure about that, Rich?
If the two are dating, it would be one of Adele’s first public relationships since getting divorced in 2019. Last year, Adele was connected to British rapper Skepta, though it appears that relationship may have been platonic. That same year, Adele was spotted on a boat with Harry Styles, but again, that seems to have been more fanfiction fodder than confirmation of a relationship.
Neither camp has confirmed whether Adele and Paul are indeed together. However, if they are, Paul apparently has some music-industry experience, as Drake credits the sports agent with convincing him to make “Best I Ever Had” his lead single off an early mixtape. The song went on to become Drake’s first top-ten single. Perhaps Paul can lend that expertise to — oh, I don’t know — a new Adele album???