Who is Rich Paul? – Meet Adele’s boyfriend and the best sports agent
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The roles are turning for pop superstar Adele, who despite her low profile after her divorce from Simon Konecki, which was finalized in March 2021, appears to have found love in the United States. The British singer was recently spotted laughing and cheering alongside sports agent Rich Paul in Game 5 of the NBA Finals, in which the Milwaukee Bucks defeated the Phoenix Suns.
Paul was apparently there alongside his client LeBron James to support his friend Chris Paul, a Suns player. During a late-night podcast after the game ended, ESPN’s Brian Windhorst apparently confirmed Paul’s relationship with the “Rolling in the Deep” singer.
“Rich Paul brings his girlfriend to the game to sit next to LeBron. His girlfriend is Adele, ”Windhorst said. “This is the first time they have gone out together in public.
Sixth page confirmed the two were involved on Tuesday, July 20, with a source telling the outlet that Adele and Paul are dating “100%.”
Not much is known about the relationship or its impetus, but it’s possible the two have been a fixture since May 2021. In a profile of Paul for The New Yorker, interviewer Isaac Chotiner detailed the following exchange between the sports agent and Adam Mendelsohn, a friend and advisor to both Paul and James.
“It was over yesterday,” said Paul.
Mendelsohn made it clear who he was talking about, dropping the name of a big pop star. “Do what?” He asked.
“Hang around,” Paul replied.
“Why are you hanging around?” Mendelsohn asked.
“Why not?” Paul responded.
I was not entirely sure if this exchange was to my advantage.
Paul said, “I’m not dating, I’m single. Make it history. He laughed for the first time today.
The “big pop star” in question is almost undoubtedly Adele, and it appears the two made their relationship official within months of the article’s publication. And while Adele has, of course, received the majority of the press since the pair were spotted at Game 5, Paul has his own busy career. Here is what we know about the agent’s background.
He is one of the greatest agents in sport.
Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, in the Glenville neighborhood, Paul, 40, became a sports agent after meeting teenage James at Akron-Canton Airport in 2002. Paul wore a Houston Oilers jersey that wore a caught James ‘attention, and the two kept in touch, eventually becoming such close confidants that Paul went to work at the Creative Artists Agency, under the direction of James’ agent Leon Rose. Developing a strong business sense, he was finally able to go it alone.
Today Paul has his own agency, Klutch Sports Group, which he founded in 2012 and is one of the most well-known sports agents. His clients include James, Philadelphia 76ers player Ben Simmons, Los Angeles Lakers star Anthony Davis and Golden State Warriors player Draymond Green, among a host of others.
Windhorst, the ESPN podcaster and reporter who revealed Adele to be Paul’s “girlfriend”, has written several books on James and has also developed a close relationship with Paul. He told the New Yorker‘s Chotiner, “The burden Rich faces is for people to question his legitimacy. They want to delegitimize him because of his race, because of his lack of education, because he was selling jerseys in the trunk of his car. If it’s the best they can do, they have to do a lot better.
He’s writing a memoir.
In March 2021, when Paul would have started “hanging out” with Adele, Hollywood journalist announced that the sports agent would publish a brief titled I’m lucky. The book is a coming-of-age story to be published by Roc Lit 101, the publishing division of Jay-Z’s entertainment company, Roc Nation.
The memories will apparently follow Paul’s education in Cleveland, his relationship with his family, as well as his rise to the top of his field in the sport.
“I’m lucky is more than my story, ”Paul revealed in a press release. “I’m lucky is the story of every young black man who grew up like me. I want to use my story to uplift and inspire those who have gone through this and educate those who haven’t. I can’t tell you what it means to partner with my friend and mentor Jay-Z on this project. I’m lucky was the name of the book before I even spoke with Jay because his music was the soundtrack of my life.
Paul has only been seen once in public with Adele.
Adele hasn’t posted any photos with the agent, who has three children but has never been married, on any of her social accounts, nor Paul on hers. The only images of the couple together were taken during the NBA Finals, although they certainly looked comfortable on the pitch.
An eyewitness at the match said Entertainment tonight, “Their eyes were on each other almost as much as they were on the game!”
Page Six confirmed Adele and Paul’s relationship shortly after Windhorst sparked the rumor.
It only took a few days for the media to confirm the Windhorst news: Adele and Paul really are a couple. Sixth page was said by a source that “they are [definitely] dating ”on July 20. Details about their relationship or how they met are being kept private for now.
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