Adele got the surprise of a lifetime during her ITV concert special in London, England earlier this month when she was met onstage by her former English teacher, Ms. McDonald. A video that surfaced on the internet shows Adele breaking down into tears while hugging her former teacher.
In a clip shared from the special, Dame Emma Thompson asked the star who had inspired her when she was young. After the singer opened up about the impact the teacher had on her, Thompson revealed that she was actually in the audience. Adele instantly burst into tears as Ms. McDonald was brought onstage where the pair embraced.
“I’m so proud of you,” McDonald told the Grammy-winning artist. “I didn’t know you were coming,” Adele said through her tears. “That’s OK, it was supposed to be a surprise,” McDonald quipped, to the singer’s emotional laughs and gasps. However, the pair briefly caught up before Adele stepped away from center stage to get her makeup redone.
The pop superstar shared moments from the concert on Twitter, calling the return to London “just heaven.” She tweeted, “Home Sweet Home. I’ve always dreamt of doing An Audience With… There was so much love in the room for each other, it felt like such a gig!” She added, “Everyone was raucous and bang up for it! And my teacher Ms. McDonald was there, it was just heaven.”
Adele shared her fourth studio album, 30, on Friday, her first since 2015’s 25. Since officially announcing the album last month, Adele has been open about how much of it was created and evolved amidst her divorce from her husband Simon Konecki. However, the couple finalized their divorce in March. Meanwhile, Adele shared the 30 release date in a lengthy, reflective social media post, admitting that the finished product of the new album isn’t anything close to what she’d originally envisioned creating after the success of 25.
An Audience With Adele comes just a week after the singer previewed new tracks from 30, during her CBS special, Adele: One Night Only, during which she opened up about the tumultuous last few years of her life spent penning the new album as she dismantled her marriage.
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