We Didn't See This Coming: Adele Reveals Drinking Problem in New Biography

A new biography due out July 17 details the singer's pre-superstardom struggle with alcohol dependency to cope with heartbreak

It's no secret that many of the hit songs on Adele's album 21 were fueled by heartache over a breakup, but what might come as a shock to fans is that songrwriting wasn't the only way the 24-year-old British singer coped with her pain. According to author Marc Shapiro's upcoming biography, Adele also used alcohol to numb the heartache -- so much so that she became dependent on it.

In Touch got a sneak peek at the book, simply titled Adele: The Biography, and in it Shapiro delves into Adele's pre-superstardom struggle with alcohol and the reasons for it. In an interview with Shapiro for the biography, the singer even details one particularly rough time when she performed while inebriated.

"I got so drunk by the time I went on at 2 a.m. I had forgotten the words to my own songs... It was the worst thing ever," Adele admitted to Shaprio.

"Midway through her first tour, she allegedly had a drinking problem," Shapiro tells In Touch, noting that Adele's father -- who walked out on her family when she was 3 -- was also an acoholic whose addiction "nearly killed him."

It's tragic then that, after seeking the affection in other men that she didn't have from a father figure, Adele would turn to the bottle after experiencing her first broken heart -- but that's reportedly what she did.

"She loved the drama surrounding boys who treated her badly," Shapiro says, referencing Adeles' first love, a bisexual boy who cheated on her. "Adele would drink more than normal to salve the heartbreak."

Fortunately the Grammy-winning "Rolling in the Deep" singer seems to have landed on her two feet (and found a new man!). But considering that most of what the public knows about Adele is what she shares in her music, we're intrigued to find out more about her past when Adele: The Biography hits stores July 17.

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