Helen Folasade Adu CBE, known professionally as Sade Adu or simply Sade, is a Nigerian-born British singer, known as the lead singer of her eponymous band.
One of the most successful British female artists in history, she is often recognized as an influence on contemporary music.
Who is Sade Adu?
Sade Adu is a Nigerian-born British singer, known as the lead singer of her eponymous band.
Full name: Helen Folasade Adu
Stage name: Sade Adu, Sade
Date of birth: 16 January 1959
Place of birth: Ibadan
State of origin: Oyo State
Spouse: Carlos Scola Pliego (m. 1989–1995), Ian Watts (2007–present)
Children: Izaak Theo Adu
Parents: Mr & Mrs Adu
Height: 1.7 m
Net worth: Update soon
Education: Saint Martin’s School of Art
Sade was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2002 for services to music, and stated her award was “a great gesture to me and all black women in England”.
She was promoted to Commander of the same Order (CBE) in the 2017 Birthday Honours, also for services to music. In 1986, she became the first Nigerian(African) to win a Grammy Award when she was chosen as Best New Artist. In 2023, Sade was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
Sade squatted in Tottenham in the 1980s, with her boyfriend Robert Elms. In 1989, she married Spanish film director Carlos Pliego. Their marriage ended in 1995. Sade moved briefly to the Caribbean to live with Jamaican music producer Bob Morgan in the late 1990s and gave birth on 21 July 1996 to her first child, who later sang on Sade’s song “Babyfather” in 2010.
Sade and Morgan later separated, and she has been in a relationship with Ian Watts, a former Royal Marine, since 2007; from this relationship, she has a stepson. In 2016, on National Coming Out Day, Sade’s child, Izaak Theo Adu, came out as a transgender man. In September 2019, Izaak posted a message online, thanking his mother for her support through his transition.
In 2005, Sade moved to the Gloucestershire countryside, where she bought a run-down cottage to renovate. She rarely grants interviews.
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