THE mystery ex-boyfriend behind Adele’s heartbreaking hit songs has finally been revealed, according to a celebrity magazine.
Heat magazine has today claimed to unveil the previously unknown ex-love as Alex Sturrock, a 31-year-old photographer.
Sturrock, who has worked for the Guardian and Vice magazine, was said to have dated the multi-million selling singer in secret from summer 2008 to April 2009.
Adele has always refused to disclose the name of her ex, despite laying her emotions bare in songs such as Someone Like You.
She has frankly admitted writing her album 21 to get over their break-up and famously shed a tear over the lyrics during a landmark performance at the 2011 Brit Awards.
Adele, now 23, has previously said of her ex-boyfriend: “He’s the love of my life.”
Heat magazine has now claimed to have spoken to a close friend of Sturrock, who confirmed he was the mystery man.
The source said the pair had “hit it off straight away” and “spent all their time together”, with the photographer joining Adele on her US tour in 2009.
The friend said: “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.”
Adding that the break-up came about after Sturrock was reluctant to call Adele his “girlfriend”, the friend said they avoided “doing things as a couple” and being photographed together.
The source added: “It was such a volatile relationship and very passionate. When things ended between them there was a lot of animosity and anger.”
The magazine claims they finally broke up when Sturrock began seeing someone else in April 2009.
Adele has previously paid tribute to her ex, saying he “had the biggest impact on me” and “deserves a little credit” for inspiring her work.
She told US Vogue: “He was amazing…But it was never going to work.”
She is now said to be happily living with new boyfriend Simon Konecki, a 36-year-old father and head of water charity Drop4Drop.
Just a month ago, the Sunday Mirror also claimed to unveil the secret inspiration – as part-time DJ Ned Biggs.
In February, the New York Post named musician and actor named Slinky Sunbeam as the mystery ex behind Rolling in the Deep.
A “friend of the star” told the newspaper: ““Adele likes to keep part of her life back for herself, but it’s an open secret that Slinky was the guy who inspired 21.”