Adele was overcome with emotion after UK gig reunion with her former teacher

Songstress was held back by security from hugging Dorothy McBride who taught her to sing 20 years ago

When Adele was held back by security at a Luton gig last week, it looked as if it would be a sad and unusual experience. But the experience turned into an emotional one for the singer, who at the last minute regained the courage to embrace her former teacher Dorothy McBride.

The two met up after Adele was halted by security in the middle of a stage-side performance. The singer was told she was too late to reach her ex-teacher, from whom she began to sob, presumably upset that it took 20 years to meet her in person.

McBride later told the London Evening Standard that she had been so moved that “suddenly the song came back in my head and I started singing the words to it. Adele has broken my heart – it was like meeting the girl again.”

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The teacher, who went on to become one of the UK’s top classical voice coaches, said: “I couldn’t believe it, she stopped and said she had come to have a chat with me about one of my students and then we started reminiscing. I think she loved getting this chance to meet me. She was crying.”

Adele, who was allegedly sobbing about a teenager she recently lost, has reportedly asked McBride to be a guest at her upcoming wedding.

• This article was amended on 26 March 2019. An earlier version referred to Dorothy McBride as an “antique conductor”. She was a professional classical voice coach who worked with organisations including the Academy of St Martin in the Fields and the Swedish Opera and Symphony Orchestra before retiring in 2014.

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