Adele recently announced she is ‘happy’ dating sports manager Rich Paul after they were linked earlier this year. Rich previously suffered heartbreak when a childhood friend was killed by a gunman.
Chart superstar Adele has finally found happiness with boyfriend Rich Paul – but his past is fraught with devastating sadness including the loss of a childhood friend.
Easy On Me singer Adele, 33, and 39-year-old sports agent Rich have been romantically linked since the summer – and the British singer gushed about their romance in a recent interview.
And while it is great to see Adele and her beau happy together, life has been hard for Rich, who was left distraught when a friend was killed in a shooting in his home town, Cleveland, Ohio.
According to reports, the death of friend Kenneth Johnson, nicknamed Squirrel, drove Rich towards success as he strived to get away from his violent neighbourhood.
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Kenneth and his girlfriend Starr Hudson were both murdered when a gunman shot at them at point blank range.
Tragically the pair – who had children together – died after the gunman fired at Kenneth and as Starr threw herself on his body in a desperate attempt to protect him.
The Sun on Sunday quotes Rich recalling: “His girlfriend loved him so much, you know what she did?
“When the guy was standing over him, shooting him like this, she got on top of him. Guy killed them both. They buried them together. That’s the type of s*** I’ve been through.”
The deadly encounter reportedly drove Rich to work hard to escape his violent neighbourhood.
He is quoted saying: “I come from a place where there was no way out. How do you get out of there? How do you go from the ’hood to Hollywood? You don’t, right? So the discredit, the disrespect, is the one thing I’m not going to tolerate.”
The gunman was ultimately captured, jailed and sentenced to death for the murders of Kenneth and Starr and is currently imprisoned at Ohio’s North Central Correctional Institution.
Kenneth’s mother, Deborah, hit out at the killed – Maurice Freeman – after he was sentenced as he had deprived her two grandchildren of a father.
The Sun on Sunday reports she said. “He destroyed our whole world. That was my baby. And he was a father. His children say, ‘Grandma, my daddy is still sleeping in the ground’.”
Adele and Rich are said to be happy together after growing close earlier this year.
Opening up about her romance with the sports agent to Vogue magazine this week, the British singer gushed: “We’re together. We’re very happy.”
Through her upcoming new album, Adele is set to give details about the collapse of her previous relationship – her marriage to charity worker Simon Konecki, which lasted from 2016 until 2019, with their divorce being finalised earlier this year.
Adele this month told a fan during an Instagram Live Q&A that her new album, titled 30 and set for release on November 19, is “about divorce”.