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Sweet family pics show young Adele playing with her dad before bitter fallout

SWEET family pictures of Adele as a young girl have resurfaced showing her playing with dad Mark before their bitter fallout.

In one picture Mark held baby Adele on his lap inside the family home and looked at her lovingly.

She perched on his knee once again as an 11-year-old as she visited his home in Penarth, Wales.

Mark knelt in front of a tree and beamed as a smiling Adele rested on his leg.

Another snap showed the singer having fun at a farm where she held a bag of goat feed.

And the superstar's love of Nike sportswear was evident as she wore matching trainers and cap years later while sitting in an armchair.

Yesterday it was revealed Mark had died at 57 after years of high-profile disputes and public rows with his daughter.

The superstar singer, 33, has spoken of her fractured relationship with her dad, who had been suffering from cancer.

But sources said she will still be upset by news of his death.

Mark walked out on her mother Penny when Adele was three and returned to his native Wales.

A source said: “Mark’s family are of course very upset by his passing. He always hoped things would work out with Adele, but it remained acrimonious to the end.

“He made a few attempts to make things right, but clearly it had been too long.”

In early interviews, Adele insisted: “I don’t hate him — he’s my dad.”

But their relationship deteriorated as her international stardom grew, and by 2011 her contact with him had reached breaking point.

When he gave an interview to a magazine that year, her mother Penny told him: “You shouldn’t have done that.”

He later claimed that he and his daughter had made up and shared a drink around the time of her Adele Live tour to support her ­second album 21. But she later denied this.

In 2013 he revealed he was battling bowel cancer and feared he would never meet his grandson, Angelo — Adele’s son with charity entrepreneur Simon Konecki, who she divorced in March.

But Mark went on to claim that her third album, 25, released in 2015, had proved to be a cathartic period in their relationship and that they had patched up their dispute.

He even called the feud a “misunderstanding”.

However Adele countered this in a speech at the 2017 Grammy Awards. She told the audience: “Thank you to my manager because the comeback, as it were, was completely masterminded by him.

“And you executed it incredibly, and I owe you everything.

“We’ve been together for ten years, and I love you like you’re my dad. I love you so, so much.

“I don’t love my dad, that’s the thing. That doesn’t mean a lot. I love you like I would love my dad.”

In 2011 Mark admitted to The Sun that his boozing had “made Oliver Reed look like a teetotaller”.

He confessed: “I was a rotten father at a time when she really needed me.

“I was putting away two litres of vodka and seven or eight pints of Stella every day.

“I drank like that for three years. God only knows how I survived it.

“I was deeply ashamed of what I’d become and I knew the kindest thing I could do for Adele was to make sure she never saw me in that state.”

In 2017 Adele dedicated her Album of the Year award to Beyonce — suggesting the US superstar should have received the prize instead for Lemonade — and again failed to mention her dad.

She said: “Grammys, I appreciate it, the Academy, I love you, my manager, my husband and my son — you’re the only reason I do it.”

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