This kind of thing makes my head ache.
Father deserts family when kids are young. Then, years later, kids (or one of them) becomes Rich & Famous basically through talent and/or luck. Whereupon Runaway Dad, who did fuck all to help and has since Fallen On Hard Times, suddenly reappears (usually following some media discovery) and bemoans the fact that he’s No Longer Part Of The Family, or similar. Like in this case. Whereupon my reaction:
I remember John Lennon once telling that his father walked out on his mother and emigrated to New Zealand before John was born — and the next time he heard from Daddy Dearest was after the Beatles exploded onto the music world, when his father wrote to him asking for money. Lennon’s response was as expected: caustic and dismissive (think: FOAD).
Now, of course, someone like Adele (whose talent is astonishing and her success justified) is going to get some stick from the Bleeding Hearts Brigade because she somehow owes this asswipe a piece of her vast fortune. I hope that her response is even more extreme than Lennon’s, and should be quite simple: “He wasn’t my father; he was just my sire — and he doesn’t deserve shite from me.” (Her Cockney frankness is one of her more endearing features.)
Stick to yer guns, darlin’. Never mind all those Commiesymps at The Sun.