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Adele Ex-Boyfriend: 'Someone Like You' Inspiration Revealed

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First Posted: 04/04/12 12:57 PM ET Updated: 04/05/12 02:58 PM ET

All hail investigative journalism! Well, sort of: U.K. rag Heat magazine reports that the identity of Adele's ex-boyfriend -- you know, the "older" dude responsible for inspiring "Rolling in the Deep," "Someone Like You" and one of the best-selling records of all time -- has been revealed. And drumroll... it's 31-year-old photographer Alex Sturrock!

Adele and Sturrock dated for about a year, from 2008 to 2009, and the romance was short and intense and volatile, according to a source who claims to be friends with Sturrock. On Sturrock's website, all sorts of candid images of Adele can be found, which would support the source's claim that he was also made the singer's official photographer for her 2009 U.S. tour.

"They met through mutual friends 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 call each other constantly," the friend said.

Though an official reason for the split was not given, the source added that Sturrock refused to call Adele his girlfriend, despite living together in a flat in West London's Shepherd's Bush. Adele, as we all know, was left brutally heartbroken and began composing songs of redemption and heartbreak in the relationship's aftermath.

"He made me an adult. He put me on the road that I'm traveling on," Adele said of her ex-flame to Rolling Stone in April 2011. The singer also wrote on her website that "Rolling in the Deep" was a reaction to "being told that my life was going to be boring and lonely and rubbish, and that I was a weak person if I didn't stay in the relationship. I was very insulted, and wrote that as a 'fuck you.'"

In the end, Adele got the best revenge a girl could ever have: In February, she swept up a whopping six Grammys for "21" and received a standing ovation from the cream of the industry's elite. That same month, Adele looked stunning while gracing the cover of Vogue. "I'm done with being a bitter witch," she told the publication.

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    Adele performs during the Oscars on Feb. 24, 2013.

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    Adele arrives at the Oscars on Feb. 24, 2013.

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    Adele arrives at the Oscars on Feb. 24, 2013.

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    Adele arrives at the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 13, 2013.

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    Adele poses in the press room with her Golden Globe for best original song in a motion picture (for '"Skyfall") on January 13, 2013.

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    Adele attends the Barclaycard Mercury Prize at Grosvenor House, on September 6, 2011 in London, England.

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    Actress Selena Gomez and singer Adele arrive at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on August 28, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.

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    Singer Adele performs onstage during the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on August 28, 2011.

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    Singer Adele arrives at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on August 28, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.

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    Singer Adele arrives at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on August 28, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.

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    Adele poses for a portrait session to promote her new album '21' on January 10, 2011 in London, England.

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    Singer/Songwriter Adele perform during the CMT Artists of the Year at The Factory on November 30, 2010 in Franklin, Tennessee.

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    Singer Adele attends 2009 VH1 Divas at Brooklyn Academy of Music on September 17, 2009 in New York City.

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    Adele performs onstage during 2009 VH1 Divas at Brooklyn Academy of Music on September 17, 2009 in New York City.

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    British singer Adele holds the Grammy awards for the Best New Artist and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for 'Chasing Pavements during the 51st annual Grammy awards held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, on February 8, 2009.

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    Adele performs a few dance steps on the wet carpet on arrival for the Mercury Music Awards in Central London on September 9, 2008.

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    Adele attends The Brit Awards 2011 held at The O2 Arena on February 15, 2011 in London, England.