If you’re a fan of the music of Turkey–and really, who isn’t?–you may have heard the name Mehmet Asar. He’s done rather well for himself as a singer in his home country, but back in 1987, he was driving at taxi. It was back then that he had a “holiday romance” with Penny Adkins, the woman who would later become the mother of Adele.
“I toured Bodrum coves and Pamukkale with Penny Adkins and her friends for two weeks,” the 52-year-old tells Turkish media, according to The Sun. “At the time, we liked each other. We were together for two weeks.
“Then she extended her vacation, returning to England a month later. She came to Bodrum again twice, staying for a month. When she was leaving, she wanted me to come with her. However, I told her that I wanted to live in Bodrum instead of England and she could stay here if she wanted to.
“She returned to England, we spoke on the telephone for a couple of times, but it was both hard and expensive to make international calls at the time. We lost touch afterwards. The time we had been together corresponds with the time Adele was born.”
This will come as news to Marc Evans, the now-estranged acknowledged father of Adele. And before you dismiss everything, Adele has said that she believes she has Turkish roots.