There really is no place like home for Adele – who has just moved into a lavish, £7million, 10-bedroom country pile.
The six-time Grammy winning singer is renting a sprawling £15,000-a-month former convent in West Sussex.
It boasts two swimming pools, a helicopter hangar and landing pad, a cellar, tennis court, games’ room and media centre.
Adele, 24, has taken up residence in the 25-acre property, which also has a pavilion and guest cottage nestling in its beautifully landscaped gardens, with her boyfriend Simon Konecki, 36.
And after sharing her mum’s humble South London flat then going it alone in a grotty, cramped bedsit, it’s no wonder Tottenham-born Adele was keen to show off her spacious new pad.
Showing US TV host Anderson Cooper around for his series, Adele said: “After my first record I moved out of my mum’s to Notting Hill on my own.
"My life fell apart. My phone got cut off, my credit card got cut off, the house was a mess. It was awful.
“I couldn’t function without my mum so I moved back in with her. I’d rather be defeated than one day come in and the rats would be eating me.
"It was basically a bedsit with walls.”
Watch the full interview with Anderson Cooper
Adele Laurie Blue Adkins was born in Tottenham, London, England, UK, to a single teenage mother named Penny on 5 May 1988. Adele's father split from Adele's mother when Adele was 3 years which as of 2012 Adele had not forgiven him for. She began singing at age four and asserts that she became obsessed with voices. Adele has cited the Spice Girls as a major influence in regard to her love and passion for music, stating that "they made me what I am today." Adele impersonated the Spice Girls at dinner parties as a young girl. To make her look like singer Gabrielle, her mother made an eye patch with sequins, which Adele said was embarrassing. At the age of 9, Adele and her mother, a furniture-maker and adult learning activities organiser, relocated to Brighton. At the age of 11, Adele and her mother moved to Brixton, and then to neighbouring district West Norwood, in South London. West Norwood is the subject for Adele's first record, "Hometown Glory", written when she was 16. After moving to South London, she became interested in R&B artists such as Aaliyah, Destiny's Child and Mary J. Blige.
Adele says that one of the most defining moments in her life was when she watched Pink perform at Brixton Academy. "It was the Missundaztood record, so I was about 13 or 14. I had never heard, being in the room, someone sing like that live [...] I remember sort of feeling like I was in a wind tunnel, her voice just hitting me. It was incredible." Adele graduated from the BRIT School for Performing Arts & Technology in Croydon in May 2006, where she was a classmate of Leona Lewis and Jessie J. Adele credits the school with nurturing her talent. In school, she was more interested in going into A&R and hoped to launch other people's careers. Although she moved away from North London aged 9, Adele remains an ardent fan of her hometown Premier League football club Tottenham Hotspur.