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Adele’s Dad Is Still Persona Non Grata to Her

Adele at the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards
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A word of caution to fathers who sell out their famous kid to the tabloids: You may wind up being unceremoniously excised from your children’s (and grandchildren’s) lives. At least if your daughter is Adele, who doesn’t take kindly to such shenanigans.

Lindsay Lohan could take a pointer or two here.

Last year, Adele’s father Mark Evans gave an interview about his talented and zillion award-winning spawn in which he traced their sometimes tumultuous relationship. He says he and Adele had agreed to both talk to the tabs about it, but that she later changed her mind — after he’d already spilled the beans.

“I genuinely believed I was doing her a favour by speaking about how proud I was of her and how ashamed I was for my shortcomings as a parent, because it would put it out there on the record and stop people bothering her about it,” he told the UK’s Daily Mail. “Even afterwards I thought everything was fine because I got feedback from her management that she was very happy with the piece.”

“Then, a few days later, I got a call from Adele’s mum, Penny, shouting down the phone, ‘You shouldn’t have done that.’ Before I could reply, she hung up. That was the last contact I had with either of them.”

Since then, Mark has essentially been dead to the Oscar-nominated singer — she’s refused to speak to him and he hasn’t met her boyfriend Simon or their baby son. So of course he’s talking to the tabloids again because that’ll make it all better. Especially since he took the opportunity to criticize the name she (reportedly, since she’s stayed mum on the matter publicly) chose for her child.

“Not only did I hear I was going to be a grandad for the first time via the media, I found out the same way that she’s calling the baby Angelo James,” he said. “I’m not sure why she’s chosen James, other than a reference to James Bond, and God alone knows where Angelo has come from. It’s very LA, isn’t it?”

There’s a lot more in the interview, none of which is likely to make Adele rush to the phone to call up her dear old dad. Maybe he’s never heard that old adage, “When you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop digging.”

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