How did Adele's dad Mark Evans die? Singer told him to 'f**k off' and remained 'acrimonious' till the end
In 2013, Evans revealed that he was afraid he'd never meet his grandson, seeing just how broken his relationship with his daughter Adele was
Adele's father Mark Evans has died after battling bowel cancer. He was 57. Evans revealed in 2013 that he was suffering from cancer and mentioned that he feared he would never meet his grandson Angelo, whom Adele has with her ex-husband Simon Konecki.
Adele, 33, has had an estranged relationship with her father over the years. Although attempts were made by him to reconcile with the artist, she was far from forthcoming about the same.
What happened between Adele and Mark Evans?
Evans walked out on Adele and her mother Penny when the artist was only three years old. He returned to his native Wales. The two met at a pub in north London in 1987 and Adele was born a year later.
After Evans' father, John, died in 1999, he began drinking heavily. "I hit the bottle so hard that I am pretty much oblivious to anything that happened to me for three years," he explained while talking to The Sun back in 2011. "I was way, way below rock bottom by then. I reckon I made Oliver Reed look like a teetotaller," he added. “I saw no way out. I didn’t really care whether I lived or died."
"And all the time I thought, ‘How can I do this to Adele?’ I knew she’d be missing her grandad just as much as I was because they had such a close bond. She adored him. Yet all I could do was drink and I’m so, so ashamed of myself for that. I was in so much grief that I couldn’t see past myself and how I was feeling," he said back then, explaining his situation.
As Adele's popularity grew at break-neck speed, their relationship deteriorated even further. Things took a turn for the worse when Evans gave an interview back in 2011, which resulted in Penny telling him that he shouldn't have done that. He credited himself for shaping Adele's music. "I'd lie on the sofa all night cradling Adele in my arms and listening to my favorite music — Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Bob Dylan and Nina Simone," he said. "Night after night I’d play those records. I’m certain that is what shaped Adele’s music," he added. This, however, did not go well with Adele.
In an interview with Vogue in 2012, Adele spoke about how her father reaching out to tabloids was the last straw. "I was actually ready to start trying to have a relationship with him,” she said. “He's f***ing blown it. He will never hear from me again. Because there is nothing that would upset me more than my dad being bribed by the press. It's like, Just let them run it, then. Don't you give them ammunition.”
She went on to talk about how it not only angered her but also left her deeply saddened, seeing that the interview affected her and those around her. "It makes me angry! To come back after ten years and be like, ‘Maybe her problem with men comes down to me.' It's like, F**k off! How dare you comment on my life? It makes my blood boil. It makes my family feel awkward, it makes my friends feel awkward around me, it makes me act awkward, it makes me sad. There's consequences other than just getting a bit a f***in' money that lasts you half a year. It blows my mind. ‘I love her so much'? Really? Why are you telling me that through a newspaper?" she said. "If I ever see him I will spit in his face," she added back then, implying that their relationship was beyond repair.
Evans, on multiple occasions, announced that he and his daughter had been working on their relationship. However, the artist repeatedly denied the same. In 2015, he even claimed that they had patched up and called it all a "misunderstanding", as reported by The Sun. However, Adele's 2017 Grammy speech said otherwise.
While accepting her award, she said, "Thank you to my manager because the comeback, as it were, was completely masterminded by him. We’ve been together for ten years, and I love you like you’re my dad. I love you so, so much," she added. "I don’t love my dad, that’s the thing. That doesn’t mean a lot. I love you like I would love my dad." she said at the ceremony.
Although their relationship was heavily strained, insiders claim that Adele will be saddened by the news. A source also added, "Mark’s family are of course very upset by his passing. He always hoped things would work out with Adele, but it remained acrimonious to the end." They added, "He made a few attempts to make things right, but clearly it had been too long.”