Adele talks divorce and helps a couple get engaged in her new special

There's been a lot of talk about Adele's CBS special, One Night Only, after it aired in the US overnight. 

Here's what we know about it. 

It's a concert AND an Oprah interview

You might see this picture and get flashbacks back to that Prince Harry and Meghan interview:

Adele and Oprah both wearing light-coloured suits, laughing together while sitting on garden furniture.
Does this setting feel familiar to you?(Supplied: CBS)

But what the special lacks in royal revelations and chicken coop shots, it more than makes up for with musical performances. 

Adele sat down with Oprah before the concert in October, which was her first live performance in more than four years. 

The concert was held at the Los Angeles Griffith Observatory, in front of a carefully selected audience, including Winfrey, Lizzo, Melissa McCarthy, Seth Rogen, Ellen DeGeneres, Kris Jenner and Nicole Richie. 

Adele talked about her divorce

After two years of marriage, Adele split from her husband, Simon Konecki, in 2019. 

The pair share a son together, nine-year-old Angelo. 

She told Oprah about the moment she released she wasn't happy in her marriage — it was when she was doing a magazine quiz with some friends.

One of the questions went something along the lines of: "What's something someone doesn't know about you?", which prompted her to disclose that she wasn't happy but was "just plodding along". 

"It was when I made it known to my own friends, who thought I was really happy, that actually I’m really unhappy and they all gasped," she said. 

“I felt like it was from there that I was like, ‘What am I doing? What am I doing it for?'”

She said she was "embarrassed" her marriage didn't last but told Oprah she felt as though her relationship with Konecki had saved her life.

"Even now, I trust him with my life … I feel like him and Angelo, they were angels sent to me."

A man helped to propose to his girlfriend

The producers of the show put out an ad looking for Adele fans who wanted help proposing to their partner.

Quentin Brunson responded to the call and ended up popping the question to Ashleigh Mann, his girlfriend of seven years, in front of Adele.


The couple told CBS Mornings they had to keep the proposal secret until the special aired. 

Three new songs debuted

Adele played a lot of her fan favourites in the concert, kicking the whole thing off with the appropriately titled Hello.

She played Easy On Me, which she's already released. 

But she also played three songs from her new album, 30, which will be released on Friday. 

Those songs were I Drink Wine, Love is a Game and Hold On:

LoadingShe's right into Saturn at the moment

Adele played at an observatory and all her tweets about the concert were paired with a Saturn emoji — there's definitely a theme here.

Check out those earrings:

A composite of Adele wearing big golden Saturn pendant earrings and the earrings on silk.
Adele wore custom Schiaparelli earrings when she performed at the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles for her One Night Only special. (Supplied: CBS/Schiaparelli)

BTW: She was dressed in Schiaparelli Haute Couture, with the custom-made earrings designed by the fashion house's creative director, Daniel Roseberry.

Now look at the ink on her arms:

Adele singing into a microphone, with a Saturn tattoo on her forearm and Saturn earrings.
Check out her forearm …(Supplied: CBS)

And let's have a squiz at her website — but, brace yourself, there's a swear word right after the highlighted bit:

A screenshot of Adele's website, with the phrase "it's your Saturn reutnr babes" highlighted in yellow.
In the description of her album, Adele likened it to a friend saying "its' your Saturn return babes, f*** it, you only live once". (Supplied: Adele)

Yep, there's some big Saturn return energy going on right there. 

For those of you who haven't gone through a quarter-life crisis and haven't needed to look to horoscopes for a convenient theory to explain why everything's falling apart — nice for some! — Saturn return is basically like astrological puberty. 

It's when Saturn is in the same position it was in when you were born. 

And because Saturn's orbit is about 29.5 years — yes, I checked with NASA on that one — that happens when you're about 30, about 60 and about 90.

As the author of Saturn Return Survival Guide, Lisa Stardust, told Oprah Daily, it's a time of great change. 

"During the Saturn return, we decide if the path that we've been on is what we want to do or what we're supposed to do," Stardust said.

"We are forced to make decisions that will change our lives forever."

And Adele is leaning right into this. 

She told Vogue she "lost the plot" when she "hit my Saturn return". 

"When that comes, it can rock your life," she told the magazine. 

"It shakes you up a bit: Who am I? What do I want to do? What makes me truly happy? All those things."

Where can I watch special in Australia?

It'll be airing on Channel 7 at 7pm on Sunday, November 21. 

You'll also be able to stream it on 7Plus.


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