Adele and rumoured new boyfriend share humble roots after being raised in shop flats

The pair were seen having a great time together on Saturday
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As the singing icon's fans know, she grew up above a bargain furniture shop in South Norwood, near Croydon in south London.

She lived with her mum Penny, who honed her talents.

Rich, said to be worth in excess of £33million, also lived in a one-bed apartment.

Like Adele he lived the early part of his life about a store – a grocery shop run by his dad Rich Sr, who would get up very early every day to put food on the table.

Rich Paul told a reporter earlier this year he had been hanging out with a pop star
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According to pals, he never forgot his humble beginnings – despite now mixing with some of the richest people in the world.

His uncle John Paul Jr, 77, told The Sun : "Where Rich was from, not too many people escaped.

"He was able to escape and, not only that, he really blossomed into something that no one else has ever done in that area.

"There was a lot of drugs, robberies and murders and stuff like that. He was surrounded by it in his environment, but he didn't fall prey to that. His dad made sure of it."

Slimmed down Adele looked sensational courtside
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ESPN announcer Brian Windhorst sparked sent fans into meltdown when he declared that the pair were an ‘item’ on late-night podcast Lowe Post, according to TMZ.

The podcast star claimed that Adele is now Rich’s ‘girlfriend’.

“Rich Paul brings his girlfriend to the game to sit next to LeBron. His girlfriend is Adele,” Windhorst claimed.

“'Rich Paul is at the game with Adele. This is the first time that they’ve come out in public together.”

Adele finalised her divorce from Simon Konecki earlier this year
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Adele's divorce from Simon Konecki was only officially finalised in March, two years after she first announced they were splitting.

A source close to the star said: “Heartbreak has helped Adele shift records over the years but this split is quite different.

“They’re both aware their son Angelo should be protected and that’s why Adele has agreed not to sing about their relationship.

“Her new album will have a different sound anyway, so it hasn’t bothered her too much that Simon quietly expected her to keep their relationship out of her music.”

Adele has since been linked to rapper Skepta, but she has has defiantly denied all speculation that they are romantically involved.

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