In the case of Adele and husband Simon Konecki, it appears that absence doesn’t always make the heart grow fonder.
The “Hello” singer (born Adele Adkins) and Konecki, an entrepreneur and philanthropist, announced their split on Friday after nearly seven years together. In the years prior, the couple “always seemed like they didn’t have very much family time together,” an insider tells PEOPLE.
“Adele and Simon’s relationship never seemed traditional,” the insider continues. “Throughout their relationship when Adele was in Los Angeles, weeks would sometimes go by before they were spotted together. Simon always seemed to do his own thing while Adele was spending time with [their son] Angelo in L.A.”
Though the pair and their son — whom they welcomed on Oct. 19, 2012 — were seldom spotted on public outings together, the insider says that “Adele always seemed very happy” in the rare instances that they were.
The star, 30, slowed down her career following her latest tour in 2016. But even when her schedule was at its most packed, Angelo, now 6, remained her top priority.
While doing school runs, the singer is “unrecognizable,” the insider says. “She takes him to the park or on a hike and to birthday parties for his friends. It’s clear that she tries to create a happy and normal childhood for Angelo.”
Another source adds that “it was very important to Adele that Angelo had somewhat of a normal life.”
“Her schedule seemed crazy, but you could tell her number one focus was her son,” the source says. “Most days, she dropped him off at preschool or camp. Very rarely, an assistant did the drop-offs instead.”
The source says that Konecki, 45, on the other hand, “wasn’t very involved at the school.”
Last Friday, Adele‘s publicist confirmed she and Konecki had split following weeks of rumors after the star was photographed recently without her wedding ring.
“Adele and her partner have separated,” the singer’s representatives Benny Tarantini and Carl Fysh said in a statement to the Associated Press. “They are committed to raising their son together lovingly. As always they ask for privacy. There will be no further comment.”
For more on Adele and Simon’s surprise split, pick up the latest issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday.
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