The odds are that you don’t recognize this young man at all. Don’t feel bad about it, because there’s no reason that you should really know what he looks like. But trust me, you probably hate him. You’ve probably, at some point, called him a dick, an asshole, or whatever your favorite insult might be (do share!). Personally, I’ve contemplated watching The Craft over and over just so I can figure out how to put a really good spell on him, because seriously, what a jackass. To do what he did to one of the most lovely ladies …
Do you have any guesses?
He’s that guy! That’s the guy that Adele wrote that phenomenal album, 21, about! He’s the inspiration for such touching masterpieces as “Rolling in the Deep,” “Someone Like You,” and “Don’t You Remember.” What a jerk, right?
His name is Slinky Sunbeam. For real. He’s a musician, and, as you might guess, he didn’t have the best relationship with Adele:
The man who inspired “Rolling in the Deep” has been unveiled. He’s a musician and actor who goes by the name Slinky Sunbeam and hails from the seaside town of Margate. Also known as Slinky Winfield, the 25-year-old became Adele’s lover after she was famous, introduced through her close-knit circle of art-loving friends in South London.
“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,’ ” a friend of the singer tells The Post. “He’s a seriously good-looking guy. He has a great body and likes to wear vests to show it off. And he has this crazy hair which reminds me of Jimi Hendrix — it’s really wild and untamed.
“It’s easy to see what attracted Adele to him,” the friend adds. “He’s a really popular guy, the life and soul of the party, and he’s a musician as well. But while Adele has the knack for writing songs which the whole world can tap into, Slinky’s material is more underground and kind of art-school trendy.”
Adele’s emotional loss was the wider world’s gain, however, as her break with Slinky was poured into the hits “Someone Like You” and “Rolling in the Deep.”
Adele claims that the couple simply “grew apart,” but friends say the real catalyst was Slinky developing a relationship with Burberry model Morwenna Lytton Cobbold. “Slinky isn’t the kind of guy you can tie down,” the friend says. “It was always going to end in tears, and those tears were always going to be Adele’s.”
Despite Adele’s assertion last year that she would “do anything” to rekindle the relationship, their affair was surprisingly informal. “They never lived together, and I can’t really recall Slinky ever describing Adele as his girlfriend,” says the friend.
Is Slinky what you expected when you listened to 21? I don’t really think so. Honestly, I think I imagined some faceless thing that was barely human. I thought someone would have to be majestic and beautiful to be with Adele in the first place, and to break her heart like that, he must have been some unspeakable evil. And Slinky is none of those things. I still hate him though.
What do you think?