We Don’t Need To Hate Adele’s Ex-Boyfriend Alex Sturrock
6:30 pm, April 4th | by Laura Donovan
Happiness is the best revenge, and that’s why it’s completely unnecessary to throw stones at 31-year-old Alex Sturrock, the photographer who reportedly had a hot and heavy relationship with chart-topping singer Adele that went up in flames and inspired her tearjerker hits, “Someone Like You” and “Rolling in the Deep.”
In the aftermath of Heat magazine’s expose on the former beau who shattered Adele’s heart and provided her with enough musical material for a lifetime (or at least the entire album, 21, but same thing, right?), many have publicly shamed the fellow for causing the British songstress so much sadness. One woman tweeted on Tuesday, “RT if you hate Alex Sturrock but are glad he inspired Adele in her album 21.” Another more eloquent individual wrote on Twitter, “Alex sturrock…. A big thank you wherever you are…. Wouldn be jammin’ to Adele if it weren for your doychebag wayZ!” Some were even quick to insult the guy, who allegedly refused to even call Adele his girlfriend despite living with her, on a professional level. A Facebook user claimed to have checked out Sturrock’s website and been unimpressed: “fashion photographer”? Well I can tell you; he’s not a very good one. I just visited his site. 95% awful photos.”
According to Heat, Sturrock and Adele had a short-lived but intense secret relationship from summer 2008 to April 2009, when she began working on 21.
“He’s the love of my life,” Adele has said. *Sigh*
One can imagine why Adele fans would hurl themselves at Sturrock with pitchforks. It’s certainly what you want to do in the immediate aftermath of being dumped and replaced, and if you anticipate becoming rich and famous, you’ll want an army to come out in your defense once your song goes platinum. The best of us have been burned badly, and in our worst and admittedly less-than-proud moments, some of us have wished our heartbreakers would experience the same amount of pain they put us through. I once wanted nothing more than eternal loneliness and misery for a guy who hid me from his friends, but such thoughts did nothing more than poison me and exhaust the ears of my most loyal friends (sorry, Anna!). I now couldn’t care less about what transpired with the aforementioned lad, not just because I have a fulfilling life and therefore no reason to dwell on someone who upset me, but also because I know that people, particularly young men, make mistakes. That’s probably what happened with Sturrock, who is hardly the first to let a girl down, avoid that complicated “title” thing, and move on in a heartbeat.
Besides, Adele said last year that she and her 21-inspired former flame were “becoming friends again” and added that ”it’s alright, I know what I’m doing. Enough time has gone by.”
That’s the healthy way to view a split, not to berate the possibly guilty party for kicks.