Who’s the Bloke Who Broke Adele’s Heart?

On the eve of her new album's release, we're still pondering the big question.

who broke adele's heart?

Adele’s album 21, which sold 30 million copies worldwide and earned her six Grammys in 2012, was an emotionally charged exploration of heartbreak, loss and denial. But just who was the man who supposedly broke our diva’s heart and inspired the breakthrough songwriting? More than four years after the album’s release, we still have no idea.

Now, with Adele’s highly anticipated new album, 25, set to drop tomorrow, we’re wondering if her work still has traces of that long-lost (but not necessarily forgotten) romance. If the haunting video for the lead single, Hello, is any indication—and if titles like “I Miss You” and “Send My Love (To Your New Lover)” offer additional clues—Adele still hasn’t shaken her relationship demons. Even though she has supposedly found happiness with a new boyfriend and … // READ MORE

become a better listener
Want a More Meaningful Life? Shut Up and Listen
Sometimes, connection and enlightenment happen in the silences.

I’ve always been a little bit of a chatterbox. In the seventh grade, my music teacher threatened to ban me from the middle school concert because I couldn’t stop talking to my BFF during choral practice. Once, during my teenage years, a homeless man in New York’s Penn Station looked up from his spot on the terminal floor to tell me and my sister (another chatterbox) to shut up because our animated conversation was interrupting his nap. And early on in my career, as I played back a recording of me interviewing someone for a magazine, I realized that I was doing almost as much talking as my subject.

Damn, girl.

Through the years, I’ve learned to cut back on the chatter and make a conscious effort not to interrupt when someone … // READ MORE

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