During the pre-recorded concert, the pop superstar responded to a question from Hollywood actress Emma Thompson, who asked if there was anyone in her past who would have supported, inspired or protected her from life’s trials and tribulations.
In response, Adele spoke about the impact that Ms. McDonald, her English teacher at Chestnut Grove Academy, had had on her.
The London-born singer shared: “I had a teacher at Chestnut Grove (South London High School), who taught me English. That was Miss McDonald … She really got me into English literature. I’ve always been obsessed with it. with English and obviously now I write lyrics. ”
“She was so fucking cool. So attractive,” Adele added, recalling that McDonald often wore sequins and gold bangles. “She really made us care, and we knew she cared about us.”
Thompson later revealed that McDonald, whom Adele hadn’t seen in 20 years, was in the audience. It was the moment that the singer, used to surprising fans at her concerts, was stunned.
In the clip shared on ITV’s Twitter account of the highly anticipated UK televised special concert, Adele hugged her former mentor after she was brought on stage.
“I’m so proud of you,” McDonald said as Adele cried with joy.
During their exchange, the “Easy On Me” hitmaker told McDonald, “You really changed my life.”
“Now, I have to redo my whole face,” the 33-year-old star joked as she wiped away tears. She then asked host Alan Carr to step in and entertain the audience with a song as she walked away to regain her composure.
After the special aired, Adele took to Twitter to share her excitement for the reunion.
“Home sweet home. I’ve always dreamed of doing An Audience with …” she wrote alongside a series of images from the TV special, adding: “There was so much love in the room for each other, it felt like Such a concert! Everyone was raucous and happy! And my teacher, Mrs. McDonald, was there, it was just heaven. ”
The project, which focuses on Adele’s healing process after her divorce from Simon Konecki, has gained widespread recognition from music critics.