Despite the fact that Adele’s “Water Under the Bridge” was written before her marriage to Simon Konecki, the lyrics are even more poignant after their divorce. Lyrics like “why have we been through what we have been through” and “if you’re gonna let me down, let me down gently” reflect the amicable nature of the couple’s divorce. In 2015, when the song dropped, she told Rolling Stone that she and Konecki didn’t feel the need to get married.
“I have said a million times I’m not married and everyone still says we are,” Adele told the outlet. “But, yeah, we’re still together. We haven’t broken up. We’ve never broken up. We’ve been together. We just haven’t felt the need to get married. We’ve got a kid together. I feel like that’s a big enough commitment.” She told Beats 1 Radio that Konecki encouraged her to embrace her perspectives for her 2015 album, according to The Mirror.
“[Konecki] was like, ‘This is your thing, like own it, do whatever you want,’” she told the radio station, per The Mirror. “Not that I’ve written any songs about any exes, there are a few songs about our relationship, but the actual true meaning behind them is how like brilliant we are and how much of a team we are.” And that team they remain, despite their divorce, in co-parenting their son.