Adele’s Ex Who Inspired ’21’ Is Reportedly Photographer Alex Sturrock

Robbie Daw | April 4, 2012 10:39 am
According to UK tabloid Heat, the culprit behind Adele’s award-winning heartbreak tunes “Rolling In The Deep”, “Someone Like You” and “Set Fire To The Rain” is a man by the name of Alex Sturrock. “The 31-year-old photographer secretly dated Adele from summer 2008 until April 2009 — when she started writing 21,” the publication reports. So just who is this guy, anyway? Sturrock allegedly worked for Vice magazine and The Guardian newspaper. A source, who’s said to be a friend of the photographer, tells Heat, “It was an intense period for them. They met through mutual friends while Alex was working for Vice 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.”

Adele’s first LP, 19, was released in 2008. At the time they were reportedly together, Sturrock took these photos of the singer for the Guardian while she was doing promotion and touring in America in 2009. Heat says that Adele appointed Alex as her official tour photographer for the US that year.

The mag’s source goes on to state the following:

“He went with her to the States in January and they shared hotel rooms and he was on her tour bus, all the time photographing her [the pictures were released as part of an official tour book that year]. He went to the Grammys with her [in February] when she won her first awards – it was the start of her career kicking off outside the UK and Alex was with her every step of the way. 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.”

Anyway, if you want to see any of the other artists Sturrock has worked with — such as Lil Wayne, Kreayshawn or Justin Bieber — or simply want some portraits shot, hit him up at his official website.

Warning, though: getting emotionally involved may lead to winning a Grammy or six.