Star news finally reveals that ADELE‘s mystery boyfriend, who inspired the heartbreaking songs in her album “21,” is a photographer named ALEX STURROCK.

He has a name, after all!

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Now we all know that Adele‘s award-winning album “21″ had depressing songs inspired by real-life heartbreak, but people never knew who broke the British artist’s heart… until now. Turns out that the guy was her 31-year-old photographer named Alex Sturrock who had supposedly dated, lived with and worked for Adele as her tour photographer between the summer of 2008 until April 2009… but didn’t want a label for their relationship.

Aww. Bet he never knew just how big Adele would get (pun unintended) or that their relationship would inspire her to sweep tons of awards!

Sturrock‘s friend reveals to Heat magazine:

“It was an intense period for them. They met through mutual friends and hit it off straight away. He shot her a few times and that was just it. They spent all their time together – and when they weren’t together they would ring each other constantly.”

The source continued:

“He’s a very normal guy and they’d laugh a lot together, eat junk food and ignore the fact that her career was about to go stratospheric. Adele relied on him a lot, he was her best mate as well as her boyfriend and he was very protective of her. He’d say no one knew her like he did. Adele was pretty hurt by that, but Alex didn’t want to label what they had.’

Adele understands what had happened though, as she admits:

“I expected too much. I was needy, I was jealous even though I’m not a jealous person. I was feeling pretty miserable and pretty lonely. I was on my knees really. We’re becoming friends again. It’s alright. I know what I’m doing. Enough time has gone by.”

Now that Adele is done from that chapter in her life, maybe they’ll have the heart to fix things between them and get back together? After all, Sturrock probably knows very well that her songs are practically confessions of love for him. Unless he’s interested in staying just as friends, would he let Adele “find someone like him” instead?

What do you think of Adele‘s sad love story?

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