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Simon Emmett

While you were crying to Adele’s album this weekend, she was shedding some tears too.

The singer got emotional during her U.K. special An Evening with Adele when she was surprised by the teacher who changed her life.

Actress Emma Thompson, who was in the audience, helped introduce the surprise by asking Adele if there was anyone from her past who particularly supported or inspired her. Adele began talking about her Chestnut Grove Academy English teacher, Ms. McDonald.

"She was so bloody cool, so engaging," Adele said, adding, "She really made us care, and we knew that she cared about us."

It was then revealed that Ms. McDonald was actually in the audience and Adele welcomed her to the stage, immediately welling up with tears.

"I'm so proud of you," McDonald told her. "Thank you for remembering me."

After briefly catching up and asking to exchange numbers, Adele had to step off stage to have her makeup touched up from crying.

Also over the weekend, Adele got Spotify to make a major change. The music streaming service has removed the shuffle button as the default option when playing albums.

“This was the only request I had in our ever changing industry!” Adele tweeted. “We don’t create albums with so much care and thought into our track listing for no reason. Our art tells a story and our stories should be listened to as we intended. Thank you Spotify for listening.”

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L-Dua Lipa, R-Idris Elba attend Adele's TV special taping; Ricky Vigil M/GC Images

Adele recorded her upcoming special for British TV over the weekend at the London Palladium, and of course, it attracted quite the star-studded crowd.

The British tabloid The Sun reports that the audience included Harry Potter star Emma Watson, Oscar-winner Emma Thompson, Idris Elba, Spice Girl Mel B, Dua Lipa, Boy George, Naomi Campbell and British rapper Stormzy, in addition to a group of "superfans." Of course, Adele's boyfriend Rich Paul was also in attendance.

According to The Sun, Adele was very emotional, telling the audience how nervous she was, and even crying at one point. But she also laughed and joked with the audience during a Q&A session.

One attendee told the paper, "Adele was really emotional to be back up on stage again and performing these new songs which are incredibly raw. She sang one track called 'Hold On,' which she said had helped her through the toughest times of her divorce."

The fan added. "She said it makes her feel really proud now when she listens to it because she’s come such a long way to feel happy again."

The special, An Audience with Adele, will air November 21.  According to The Sun, in addition to "Hold On," Adele sang the new songs "Easy On Me," "Love Is a Game" and "I Drink Wine," as well as past hits like "Rolling in the Deep" and "Hello."

Adele also sang one tune that wasn't part of the setlist for her upcoming CBS TV special: the London-inspired  "Hometown Glory," which was the first song she ever wrote.

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