Adele goes from puppy dog to supermodel thanks to Paul’s spare room

After Adele and her friends met the stylist, they all signed up for his second stint as an Airbnb host It’s not every teenager who ends up on Celebrity Big Brother, dating Rich Paul,…

Adele goes from puppy dog to supermodel thanks to Paul's spare room

After Adele and her friends met the stylist, they all signed up for his second stint as an Airbnb host

It’s not every teenager who ends up on Celebrity Big Brother, dating Rich Paul, posing naked for a Noosa magazine shoot, and making half a million bob from tickets and merch around their album release.

But this is Adele, who has gone from puppy dog to supermodel thanks to songs about Harry Styles, famous older men and her own life.

Having saved for 10 years to buy a house in north London, 24-year-old Adele had just seven months to realise a dream that seems just slightly more difficult than the others.

And on Friday, she finally did so with a beaming smile as she sat in a seat reserved for A-list guests.

“I was getting ready for the Edinburgh festival and as an artist this is such a great gift,” she said. “I’m still pinching myself.”

The singer spent the weekend at the seven-bedroom, 11,000-square-foot home on the secluded south eastern edge of Pambula-On-Sea – part of which is home to 13th-century church – with Paul and close friends including Paul and his wife, Jodie.

After flying into Sydney airport and unloading her bags on to the red carpet in King’s Cross, Adele had been more than anxious to see the south eastern side of Australia.

“I had three days to train for the Commonwealth Games and I didn’t want to leave and miss them,” she said. “I thought I’d be so stuck, I’d get sick with jetlag.”

It was the third time she’d been to Australia and she had she “trembled” every time.

She had brought three backgammon sets with her because of the time difference but in true Australian style said she was grateful that she’d been asked to bring something to eat.

Last year, Paul had paid over the odds to take the singer’s 50 guests around a trip down memory lane at the World Heritage-listed Sutherland Shire.

Last time she’d stayed with Paul, in November 2014, it was the very moment in song when she broke down singing Someone Like You. Now it was true love for Adele as the host took them on a tour of the house and the house itself.

Adele and Paul (right) at the swanky apartment in Bondi Beach, Sydney. Photograph: Edwina Pickles/REX/Shutterstock

Paul, who only moved to Sydney from Toronto last year to do business, revealed he had looked for a place for 10 years.

“It was very much the going through the hoops, finally getting it, sort of a bucket list, I’m going to book me a place,” he said.

It was his second stint as an Airbnb host with about 25 of Adele’s friends, who had earlier all signed up to his offer to let them all stay in his home for the week.

Paul said he had no idea how many guests Adele would take, or if she would accept the unexpected offer, but he said he hoped she would.

“She’s a great girl,” he said. “We spoke before and we’re all really tight. I hope she takes it and she’s got lots of expenses to pay so I think she should take it.”

Paul said he expected to have just two guests each night, including Adele and her two dachshunds, Reggie and Ivy.

Adele, dressed in black, took a guided tour of the Pambula-On-Sea property she stayed in, which sits along a picturesque peninsula.

“I’ve lived here and I couldn’t believe it when I first found out she had booked,” he said. “We had to sort her out with her other guests as well as me so she didn’t get lost. I could see how calm she was in the house.

“The house is beautiful, there’s lots of privacy.

“We’ve got a beautiful pool area and a barbecue area and a small fire pit. This one’s my own for another year.”

• This article was amended on 11 February 2018. An earlier version referred to the “world-famous photographer and model”. This has been corrected to Paul.

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