Watch Adele Break Down on Stage When Her Old English Teacher Surprises Her Mid-Concert

Adele had the world very up in its feelings all weekend with 30, her latest ode to heartbreak and loss. But she got as good as she’s given over the weekend, in a very sweet live reunion that also serves as a reminder of the power of a good teacher.

It aired Sunday night, during the  ITV concert special, “An Audience with Adele,” when Adele fielded an audience question from actress Emma Thompson, who asked about a person from Adele’s life who supported and inspired her. Adele opened up about a woman named Ms. McDonald, her old English teacher. “I had a teacher at [London high school] Chestnut Grove, who taught me English. That was Miss McDonald …She got me really into English literature. Like, I’ve always been obsessed with English and obviously now I write lyrics.”

“She was so bloody cool. So engaging,” Adele continued. “She really made us care, and we knew that she cared about us.”

Well, never doubt Emma Thompson’s ability to make a dream come true, because at that moment, well, just get some tissues handy and watch for yourself.

Safe to say that Adele is one of Ms. McDonald’s more well-known success stories, as 30 debuted to rave reviews and a number one spot last weekend. You can read our review of it in last week’s Recommends.

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