Adele Is Seven Months Pregnant – But When Is The Right Age To Have A Baby?

11 July 2012 by

Adele Is Seven Months Pregnant 

So, just a couple of weeks after her wonderful news was announced, it seems that Adele has been keeping the secret for a lot longer than we first though – seven months, in fact. According to a source (and heat magazine), she is now due to have her baby in a two months’ time. Blimey: Not. Expecting. That.

The singer is, like, totes in love with her beau Simon Konecki, who she has been in a relationship with since late last year. And, of course, she’s one of the richest women in the music industry after a phenomenal year which saw her career reach unbelievable heights, and millions of people unconsciously humming the tune to ‘Someone Like You’ for what seemed like an eternity. But at just 24-years-old can she really be ready to be a mum?

In this week’s Grazia, writer Sophie Heawood says at 24, she too felt broody. But, like many of us, still felt there was too much left to accomplish – in our twenties, shouldn’t we be making the most of our freedom to work hard, party hard and still have the weekends to recover?

Sophie even confesses to feeling smug when some of her friends decided to settle down in their mid-twenties with their ‘nice-enough’ partner. ‘They’ll regret it, I thought,’ she says.

But when she ended up pregnant at 35 – minus the ‘perfect’ baby-daddy, house and garden she imagined would be present when she became a mum – she realised that in reality, you may never find the ‘perfect time’ to have a child. (And, let’s face it – it’s unlikely it ever existed.)

Trouble is, at 24, most of us still feel like half a child ourselves – so not in the least responsible enough to take care of another one for the rest of our lives – which is why it seems so premature for Adele to be settling down. Plenty of 24-year-olds (myself included) would still admit to erratically blowing all our wages in the first week of the month, and then living off cereal for the last three, or consciously dating completely unsuitable guys ‘just to get it out of my system’.

And after all, you’re not ‘serious’ about your career if you settle down too early are you? Maybe you’re even ‘boring’ for having a family young, whilst everyone else is apparently having the time of their lives? After hearing this so many times growing up, even if we wanted to many ‘career-driven’ women in their twenties would reconsider being vocal about wanting to have a baby at such a young age – or actually getting pregnant – to save losing out at work early on, to save face with older peers and even friends of the same age.

The same stigmas are still there, but as Isabel Mohan tells Grazia this week, ‘Adele has achieved far more than most women double her age’. True, and unlike the rest of us, Adele has time and money on her side – not to mention a supportive partner. Does her over-achievement mean she’s grown-up faster than the rest of us? Or is it just that everyone feels ‘ready’ at different times? A bit of both, perhaps.

But whatever it is – she’s happy. And, regardless of her age, we’re happy for her too. What about you?

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Laura Hair (Wed Jul 11 15:04:57 BST 2012): If its the right time for her that's what matters. You are never ready for parenthood and will always feel you are compromising something. X
Faye Danks Jones (Wed Jul 11 15:10:07 BST 2012): This question is a little bit like the 'you are not ready to move in together' situation. When can any one give a finite definition of 'the right time'? I truly believe that no two women are the same. Life experience, financial situation, career level (does she even want a career!) these are all going to impact on the 'right time'. I am 23 and getting married next month. My partner and I have had the 'are you sure you are ready' chat from various people but those who know us.. REALLY know us, they totally get it. Adele has achieved more than most people achieve in a life time, who are we to dictate when she decides to settle down?
Lorraine Murphy (Wed Jul 11 19:54:21 BST 2012): Society has changed so much in 50 years. I am 29 and expecting my 2nd but 50 years ago I would have been classed as an older mother. Now you are too young if you are 24, you can't win. I don't really care to be honest. I think if you are ready you are ready. Why shouldn't she start a family? She has had a very busy and successful career at a young age. She is comfortable and in love so if she wants to take a career break and have a family I think she is entitled to go for it.
Heather Mccaig (Wed Jul 11 20:01:34 BST 2012): I was finished having babies by the time I was 24 and now at 34 my youngest is 9 and I'm starting to get a bit of breathing space back I couldn't be going back to babies now lol I agree each woman is different, how ever 17 is too young and that's from personal experience lol
Vavero Duarte (Fri Jul 13 02:56:43 BST 2012): I'm Absolutely Happy For Her! And Despite Of Being 'Not Ready', I Think She's Already Grown Up Enough To Make The Decision To Finally Have Her Family Even More When She Already Found The Right Man... Sincerally, I Really Couldn't Be More Happy For Her Than I'm Now, And I'm Actually Really Proud Of Her, And Proud Of What She's Been Doing In Her Career And In Her Personal Life, It's Amazing, How Far She Has Come Trough These Years....
Holly Von Bock (Sat Jul 14 15:25:32 BST 2012): I had my first child when I had just turned 23 (planned!) happily married etc - but with my work I never had any drive & just enjoyed the social aspect. Now I'm so driven, work 10x faster and harder to achieve my career goals, started a blog & my own company. I want my (now two) children to be proud of me and my accomplishments but most importantly I want to be proud of myself. But I still love everything else my single friends do - you can have children & still have the best of both worlds :)
George Wright (Sat Jul 14 16:33:28 BST 2012): Sorry, what exactly is the point of this article?
Ryan O'Halloran (Sat Jul 14 16:42:27 BST 2012): hahaha
Lucy Loveheart (Sat Jul 14 17:08:40 BST 2012): I think the right age to have the baby is when Adele is 9 months pregnant.
Hayley Simpson (Sat Jul 14 18:50:20 BST 2012): oh god how awful is that. pointless
Claire Sukkar (Sat Jul 14 20:48:39 BST 2012): You are an inspiration Holly and I guarantee your children will be proud of you xxx
Holly Von Bock (Sat Jul 14 20:50:16 BST 2012): thanks Claire :) I didn't realise this would come up on my facebook!!!xxx