The childhood trauma that high-profile sports agent Rich Paul detailed in his new memoir had an emotional impact on his partner, Adele, when she read about his upbringing in Ohio.
Paul, a longtime friend and business partner of NBA superstar LeBron James, wrote in his upcoming book, “Lucky Me: A Memoir of Changing the Odds,” about his mother’s struggles with drug addiction and life in a violent neighborhood while growing up in Cleveland in the 1980s and ’90s.
Paul’s turbulent childhood caused him to grow up fast instead of being able to enjoy the carefree time of being a kid, which he said was tough for Adele to read.
While Paul said he’s “happy in all aspects” of his life now, he returned to some difficult moments in his past with his mother while writing the book.
“I had built up this wall as a young kid to just have the understanding to move forward and know that she’s not going to be there,” he said. “Like, Mom is not coming home.”
Revisiting his mother’s struggles “was one of the toughest things for me to relive and write about,” he told People.
Adele also dealt her father, Mark Evans, often being absent throughout her life. She told Vogue she reconciled with her dad before he died from cancer in 2021.
Adele has been happily linked to the NBA agent since 2021.
“I’m just in loooove!” Adele told Elle in August 2022 of her relationship. “I’m happy as I’ll ever be. I might as well be married.”
Paul and Adele first starting stepping out publicly in 2021, just after Adele returned to the spotlight with new music. “30” was her first album in six years. The album’s lyrics were thought to reference her 2019 divorce from Simon Konecki, with whom she shares a son, Angelo.
Since then, the couple have been in the public eye, attending basketball games together and even making appearances at Adele’s residency in Las Vegas.
The bedrock of Paul’s career came through a chance encounter with the legendary LeBron James outside the Akron, Ohio airport in 2002, recounted in a New Yorker profile.
Paul is releasing a memoir about his childhood
“Lucky Me” recounts his childhood in Cleveland, and is being published through Jay Z’s Penguin Random House imprint, Roc Lit 101.
The official description, written in Paul’s voice, sets up the memoir: “I spent the early years of my life sleeping on floors and couches, running the streets as my mother dealt with the challenges of a drug addiction. Now I own what some say is the most influential and culturally relevant sports agency in America and do business with some of the biggest companies and most prominent people in the world. Back on my block, nobody could have predicted this. My trajectory is only supposed to happen to Ivy League types, or gifted athletes or entertainers — not someone who’s five-foot-eight and grew up with a pair of dice in one hand and a pistol in the other.'”
Paul told GQ he “always wanted” to write a memoir. “I think the true give-back is education and knowledge and sharing life experiences. “In the world we live in today, people only see the highlights. And the highlights aren’t what necessarily makes someone. It’s their resilience, it’s their perseverance, it’s their continuous ability to get up when falling,” he said.
Adele and Paul met at a party years before they dated
Adele told Vogue that she met Paul at a party before they began dating. “I was a bit drunk,” said of their first interaction. “I said: ‘Do you want to sign me? I’m an athlete now.’”
Adele told Oprah Winfrey in November 2021 that they reconnected over dinner, which Paul framed as a “business meeting.”
Their public debut came when they sat court side during an NBA finals game in July 2021.
Three months later, Adele took their relationship to the next level, 21st century style, by including him in a photo slideshow she posted to Instagram. The black-and-white picture shows Adele and Paul smiling at NBA star Anthony Davis’ wedding.