Adele Rekindles Friendship With Song-Inspiring Ex

'I know what I'm doing,' says torch singer

September 23, 2011 4:10 PM ET
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Adele performing at the MTV Video Music Awards.
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Adele, who became one of the biggest successes in recent pop with brokenhearted songs about a former boyfriend, has renewed her friendship with her ex. "It's all right, I know what I'm doing," the British pop star said recently. "Enough time has gone by."

She still hasn't identified her old boyfriend, whose departure inspired "Rolling in the Deep," "Someone Like You" and much of the rest of Adele's breakout second album, 21.

"He changed my life, I can't deny that," the singer told the newspaper. "The album helped me get over splitting up with my boyfriend. It helped me forgive and I hope that he has forgiven himself."


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