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Adele made a rare public appearance to watch the Phoenix Suns play the Milwaukee Bucks at the NBA finals

Summary List PlacementAdele made a rare public outing on Saturday to attend the NBA finals at the Footprint Center in Phoenix, Arizona. The 33-year-old British singer cheered along as the Phoenix Suns took on the Milwaukee Bucks in game five, wearing an all-black ensemble underneath a printed coat. While the 15-time Grammy winner's courtside appearance garnered attention on its own, it was her interactions with neighboring spectator Rich Paul that sent fans into a frenzy.  Adele and Paul, NBA star LeBron James' agent and longtime friend, didn't exhibit any outward displays of affection, but their chatter and close body language led to speculation...

adele and rich paul sitting courtside at the 2021 NBA finals

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Adele made a rare public outing on Saturday to attend the NBA finals at the Footprint Center in Phoenix, Arizona.

The 33-year-old British singer cheered along as the Phoenix Suns took on the Milwaukee Bucks in game five, wearing an all-black ensemble underneath a printed coat.

While the 15-time Grammy winner’s courtside appearance garnered attention on its own, it was her interactions with neighboring spectator Rich Paul that sent fans into a frenzy. 

Adele and Paul, NBA star LeBron James’ agent and longtime friend, didn’t exhibit any outward displays of affection, but their chatter and close body language led to speculation that they’re romantically involved. 

Neither party has confirmed the relationship, however, and a representative for Adele did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment. 

adele and rich paul sitting courtside at the 2021 NBA finals

In May, The New Yorker ran a story mentioning that Paul was spending time with a “major pop star” but refrained from naming her. 

After the Bucks beat the Suns (123-119) on Saturday, ESPN’s Brian Windhorst seemed to fit some of the pop-culture puzzle pieces together while recapping the game, referring to Adele as Paul’s “girlfriend” on “The Lowe Podcast.”

“Rich Paul brings his girlfriend to the game to sit next to LeBron. His girlfriend is Adele,” he said, according to USA Today.

Page Six reported that James was in attendance and spoke with Paul but did not sit with his agent and Adele. 

“This is the first time that they’ve come out in public together,” Windhorst continued on the podcast, adding, “So this will be all over the tabloids, especially in England tomorrow.”

The following day, a source confirmed to E! News that Adele and Paul are dating and “attended the game together.”

adele attends the 2021 NBA finals

The outing comes four months after Adele finalized her divorce from Simon Konecki. The exes, who announced their split in 2019, share joint legal and physical custody of their 8-year-old son Angelo. 

Months before the divorce was finalized, the “Rolling in the Deep” singer squashed rumors that she was dating rapper Skepta (whose real name is Joseph Junior Adenuga) by confirming that she was single following her “Saturday Night Live” hosting gig in October.

As for Paul, he was previously linked to jewelry designer Jennifer Meyer in 2019. 

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