Last week, the world learned that Adele and Simon Konecki had separated after eight years together.
Immediately, several big questions sprang to mind, not the least of which was, when can we expect the most epic breakup album of all time?
We kid Adele out of love.
No, what fans really wanted to know was how much will Adele be forced to pay Simon (Hint: it's a lot), and what caused these two to call it quits.
After all, it wasn't so terribly long ago that Adele seemed to be head-over-heels for Simon, and vice-versa.
But then again, a lot has happened in the eight years since Adele and Simon got together.
The split was announced on Friday with the usual boilerplate statements from reps for the couple:
"Adele and her partner have separated," the statement read.
"They are committed to raising their son together lovingly. As always they ask for privacy. There will be no further comment."
Needless to say, not a ton of information there.
But while there's been "no further comment" from Adele's team, insiders close to the situation have offered valuable insights to the media.
A clear picture is beginning to emerge with regard to what led Adele and Simon to their decision to part ways -- and it sounds like it's a familiar set of circumstances that afflicts many celebrity marriages.
"They had a lot in common early on, but eventually they just grew apart," an insider tells E! News.
"She became a bigger and bigger star, and he was okay [with] being in the background, but as she got bigger and had massive tours and intense schedules, they just grew apart."
Like we said, it's a tale as old as time.
It's basically A Star Is Born, except Simon got a nice big settlement check instead of punching his own ticket in the garage.
Oh, um ... spoiler alert for A Star is Born.
The source claims the split came as a shock even to the singer's closest friends:
"Their marriage was clearly working for a very long time," the insider adds.
"Whenever she was out at big openings and special events, he was usually with her, and they looked really just happy together and in love."
The source believes both parties continued working on the relationship until the very end, saying:
"They were into the marriage pretty much until they decided this just isn't working anymore."
Fortunately, it sounds as though Adele and Simon are committed to keeping the split amicable for the sake of their son, 6-year-old Angelo.
"It's highly unlikely this is going to get ugly," says the source.
That's a good thing. After all, Adele has an album to record.
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