23-year-old Emeli, born Adele Sandé was known as one of the best songwriters around under her first name, but the speedy popularity of Adele meant that Emeli had to change her name and fast!
I changed it as soon as Adele came out. I just thought, you’ve kind of taken the name now, so I went with my middle name. She was just getting bigger and bigger, so I thought I just really need it
Emeli has written songs for Leona Lewis, Cher Lloyd, Tinie Tempah and even Susan Boyle and her single Heaven is set to become this week’s No.1.
We wonder if Adele knows she’s a name thief.
Buy Heaven on iTunes now