Adele and LeBron James’ agent, Rich Paul, have confirmed their romance by hitting the PDA as they enjoy a double date at popular New York eatery Cipriani on Thursday.
In photos obtained by The sunRich, 39, can be seen with his arm around the 33-year-old hitmaker and even appeared to be stroking her back at one point.
Clearly giddy with excitement to be in each other’s company, Rich’s wide smile was evident in the photos, with the publication reporting that they didn’t leave the restaurant until 11pm.
It is official! Adele, 33, and Rich Paul, 39, have confirmed their romance, packing on the PDA as they enjoy a double date Thursday at popular NYC eatery Cipriani (pictured together during the NBA Finals in July)
Showing off her slimmed down frame, Adele looked quintessentially trendy in a black Balenciaga football top, teaming the luxe piece with ripped jeans and a pair of chic heels.
Rich opted for a denim jacket, black jeans and white sneakers.
He went maskless while chatting with his new partner outside the luxury restaurant, but Adele chose to cover her nose and mouth with a black face mask.
It comes after the pair looked cozy as they sat on the field earlier in July during Game 5 of the NBA Finals in Phoenix, Arizona.
Sweet: In photos obtained by The Sun, Rich can be seen with his arm around the hitmaker and even appeared to pat her back at one point (pictured together during the NBA finals in July)
The singer made a rare public appearance to watch the Phoenix Suns unsuccessfully take on the Milwaukee Bucks in a match watched by millions across the country.
A source told The Sun at the time: “They’re often seen with others, but they’re clearly acting like a couple.”
As for their appearance in court, the paper went on to report that on a post-match podcast, TV host Brian Windhorst said, “Rich Paul brings his girlfriend to the match to sit next to LeBron. His girlfriend is Adele.’
Who is Adele’s ‘new friend’ Rich Paul?
The 411: Agent Rich Paul represents some of the NBA’s biggest stars and is said to be in a relationship with Adele [pictured 2019]
Rich Paul is one of the NBA’s top sports agents, with basketball stars like LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Ben Simmons and John Wall in his books.
The 39-year-old is estimated to be worth $46 million (£33.4 million) and has negotiated more than $1 billion in active deals for his high-profile clients during his career.
In 2020, he made the Forbes list of the world’s top 10 most powerful sports agents, reaching number 9 on the list. He was ranked No. 2 worldwide in basketball. He was also on the 2020 Ebony Power 100 list.
He is the founder of Klutch Sports, part of United Talent Agency (UTA), which has risen 23 places on the list of the world’s most valuable sports agencies within five years following Paul’s involvement. Paul now heads UTA’s sports department.
He grew up in Cleveland in a one-bedroom apartment above his father’s store, R&J Confectionery, and attended a Roman Catholic high school.
On his first foray into business, he bought vintage Atlanta sports jerseys, which he sold from his car in Cleveland, often earning $10,000 a week.
He met LeBron James at the Akron-Canton airport in 2002 and sold him a sweater. They have been friends ever since and now colleagues.
Elsewhere, Agent Rich dropped an important hint about his close relationship with Adele in a… New Yorker profile written about him in May this year.
During the interview, Rich was joined by political adviser Adam Mendelsohn, to whom he “was over yesterday,” referring to the singer.
He then later clarified the statement during the chat, “dropping the name of a major pop star,” according to just shocked.
Adam then asked Rich, “What to do?” regarding her presence at his house, with Rich replying, “Hang out.”
Adam then said, “Why are you hanging around?” to which Rich replied, “Why not?”
Rich then told the reporter, “I’m not dating, I’m single. Put that in the story.’
Hint: During an interview in May, Rich was joined by political adviser Adam Mendelsohn, to whom he was heard saying “she was over yesterday,” referring to the singer (Rich and LeBron pictured in 2010)
The Cold Shoulder singer and Rich both come from humble backgrounds, with Adele growing up above a furniture store with her single mother Penny in South London.
Meanwhile, Rich lived in a one-bed apartment above a grocery store run by his father Rich Sr and was set to begin serving customers in Cleveland, Ohio, at 6:30 a.m.
Both have now built successful careers, with Rich now worth an estimated $46 million (£33.4 million), negotiating over $1 billion in active deals for his high-profile clients during his career.
Likewise, Adele – who currently lives in LA – is one of the richest singers in the world, with a net worth of £130 million, and now counts several A-list celebrities as friends.
Happy days: Adele – currently living in LA – is one of the richest singers in the world, with a net worth of £130 million, and now counts several A-list celebrities as friends
In 2020, Rich made the Forbes list of the world’s top 10 most powerful sports agents, reaching number 9 on the list.
After making a fortune, he bought his late mother a Mercedes and his sister a house.
Rich met LeBron James in 2002 at an airport on his way to Atlanta, as the sportsman approached him to talk about the vintage athletic shirt he was wearing.
In 2014, Rich said of the encounter, “It was destiny. I could have missed the plane. I could have taken an earlier flight. I couldn’t have worn the sweater.
“I could have had a bad day and not talked to him.”
LeBron, 36, said: “We clicked right away. Every time I was doing something I would call Rich and ask if he could make it.
“And he’d say, ‘I’ll be right there,’ and he was.”
They have been working together since the chance meeting and in 2012, Rich became LeBron’s agent.
Rich is also the founder of Klutch Sports, part of United Talent Agency (UTA), which has climbed 23 places on the list of the world’s most valuable sports agencies within five years following Paul’s involvement. Paul now heads UTA’s sports department.
Adele finalized her divorce from ex Simon Konecki in March and the couple share custody of son Angelo, eight.
Success: In 2020, Rich made the Forbes list of the world’s top 10 most powerful sports agents and reached number 9 on the list (pictured with Anthony Davis in 2019)