"I was a rotten father at a time when she really needed me," her father admitted.
It would take years of resentment and anger, fuming up inside her, to push Adele to go up on stage while accepting her Grammy award and tell the world, "I don't love my dad."
The man she so publically admitted to not having any love for was Mark Evans, her biological father who abandoned her and her mother when the singer was just three years old. Her parents met when they were very young but they had never gotten married.
Although there were instances when Adele would visit her father, she still feels like she grew up without a father in her life. "I don't know what a dad is supposed to do because I never had one," Adele said in a MusicLife story, according to the book, Adele: The Biography.
Her father, Evans would constantly turn to alcoholism, barely even trying to be there for his daughter even when she needed him. "I was putting away two litres of vodka and seven or eight pints of Stella every day," Evans said in an interview with The Sun. "I drank like that for three years. God only knows how I survived it. I was deeply ashamed of what I’d become and I knew the kindest thing I could do for Adele was to make sure she never saw me in that state."
"I was a rotten father at a time when she really needed me," he added.
In an interview, Adele revealed, "I'd cut off contact with him when I was ten or 11," though she did see him a few years later at her grandmother's funeral. But her father claims that these are lies.
Despite their rocky relationship, Adele said on MusicLife that she was ready to reconcile with her father. She knew it wouldn't be the typical father-daughter relationship but was still ready to reconcile and make each other a part of their lives. "I'm sure I will see him again," Adele said in the MusicLife story, as quoted by Adele: The Biography. "I think we can be friends. I don't need him to be a dad now."
However, she found out that her father later went behind her back and did something that she thought was unforgivable. Adele couldn't believe that her father would go off and speak to tabloids and provide them with private pictures of her from her childhood that were never seen before.
The interview mentioned above which Evans talked about his alcoholism and sold the information and pictures to The Sun was the one that deepened their rift. Adele felt completely betrayed and couldn't bear that her own father would dole out information and photographs from her life for the money, when he had never cared about her childhood before. This was the last straw and the singer felt like her father no longer deserved a second chance at making things right.
So infuriated was Adele at her estranged father for breaking her trust, she said to Rolling Stone, "I never knew my dad. He has no f*ckin’ right to talk about me."
When she spoke to Vogue, she also talked about how he had completely ruined things just when they were so close to mending their relationship. "I was actually ready to start trying to have a relationship with him," the Grammy-award wining singer said, as quoted by E! Online. "He's f---ing blown it."
She went on to say, "He will never hear from me again. Because there is nothing that would upset me more than my dad being bribed by the press. It's like, 'Just let them run it, then. Don't you give them ammunition.'"
What she found so hard to believe was that her father was barely a part of her life as she grew up but now felt like it was okay to have opinions about the now-famous singer. "It makes me angry! To come back after 10 years and be like, 'Maybe her problem with men comes down to me.' It's like, 'F--k off! How dare you comment on my life?' It makes my blood boil," Adele shared.
While Evans might get a few bucks off the interviews, Adele believes she is the one who will have to face the aftermath. "There's consequences other than just getting a bit of f---ing money that lasts you half a year," she said.
Rather than tell the newspaper about how much he cared for his daughter, Adele wished he would have told that to her in person instead. "It blows my mind. 'I love her so much.' [he told the rag] Really? Why are you telling me that through a newspaper? If I ever see him I will spit in his face," she admitted.
Overcoming all the obstacles in her life, Adele has shown the world her chin-up attitude and how she's going to march on to what she deserves.
At the 2017 Grammys, before she went back home with five of the covetted awards, she revealed that the person who has come closest to being the father figure in her life was her manager, Jonathan Dickins.
"I owe you everything," she said in her speech, as quoted by Variety. "We’ve been together for 10 years, and I love you like you’re my dad. I love you so, so much. I don’t love my dad, that’s the thing. That doesn’t mean a lot. I love you like I would love my dad."