They say God could not be everywhere, so what did he do? He made mothers! Penny Adkins, the mother of Adele, is a single mother. She raised Adele at the tender age of 18 all by herself. Penny has been on the news ever since Adele talked about her and her father in an interview. Not only recently, but Adele has been seen talking about her mother, Penny Adkins, calling her best friend!
The world’s one of the best-selling artists, Adele, gives a lot of credit to her mother, Penny Adkins, for her success in the music industry. Adele is known for her secrecy and goes to great measures to keep her personal life low-key, hidden from the public eye. Regardless of that, during the promotion of her new album, Adele has finally allowed her fans in on her personal life for the first time. So let’s get to know her mother, Penny Adkins, a little more, shall we?
Penny Adkins And Her Life As A Graceful Single Mother
Being a single mother is never easy, from keeping an eye on your children and raising them properly to managing the whole house while doing a job, single mothers are real-life superheroes, aren’t they? Penny Adkins is one of them. She’s the pillar that kept Adele motivated, according to the British singer herself.
Penny Adkins was born in Islington, London, in the year 1968. She met Mark Evans, Adele’s father, in 1987. The couple welcomed their baby girl Adele Lauri Blue Adkins, their only child, in 1988. Penny gave birth to Adele when she was 18 years old when she was in university. In order to take care of her daughter, she was forced to forego her plans to attend college. Even though Penny left college, Adele says her mother never made her feel she left her dreams of going to college and that she would always be grateful to her.
Penny and Mark parted ways when Adele was nine months old, but they always maintained a close friendship for many years while co-parenting their only child. In 1999, however, Mark succumbed to alcoholism. That left Penny to raise Adele as a single mother. Mark decided to return to his home in Wales, which resulted in him being further separated from his daughter and Penny.
Penny worked very hard for Adele. She took various jobs, including being a furniture maker, a masseur, and adult learning activities organized over the years in order to support them both and their house.
More About Penny Adkins
After a brief stay in Brighton, the family moved back to London around 1999. They lived in Brixton for a while before relocating to West Norwood. Adele and her mother had a small flat above a shop with a housemate. She has described that house as the finest house she has lived in during an interview.
Adele and Penny lived in that house until the singer graduated from the BRIT School and received a record deal with XL Recordings. Following the life-changing record deal that Adele got, she relocated to a new home in Notting Hill.
Adele speaks very highly of her mother, and her tracks like Million Years AGo and Hometown Glory were written as an inspiration she got from Penny. As a thank you for everything she had done for her, Adele gifted a home that cost £600,000 in Notting Hill.
A Little About Adele’s Father
Despite remaining mainly anonymous, Mark Evans said in an interview that he wished he could have been there for his daughter and Penny Adkins. He described himself as a ‘bad father’ when Adele needed him the most. Mark said the best thing he could do as a father at that time was not let Adele see him as an alcoholic.
Sadly, he passed away at the age of 57 following a long battle with cancer. Despite their troubled relationship, Adele said that they reconciled before his death. She played a few songs from her new album to him and felt a huge gaping hole filled. She mentioned they found peace together, and Adele forgave him for all the years he could not be in her life.
Adele has garnered numerous honorary awards for her unique and outstanding music. People connect with her songs on a different level which has led to her having a very strong fan and loyal fanbase. She has sold over 120 million copies worldwide.
Adele was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best New Artist, and she won it. She always was honored with a BRIT Award for Rising Star. She has a very distinctive voice that makes her stand out from the crowd. Rolling Into Deep, Sky Fall, Easy On Me, and a lot of her songs are among her well-known and popular songs that we are sure you have heard and loved! Adele has come a long way with hard work and continues to surprise us as an audience. All thanks to the support of her mother, Penny Adkins!