Adele is back on the promotional trail as she prepares to release her new album, 30. One of her most recent highlights was a Vogue “73 Questions” interview, in which she confessed that her most valued possession is some of Celine Dion’s used chewing gum, which James Corden gave her. Corden has now taken the time to explain the origins of the gift.
Writer and comedian Ian Karmel approached Corden about the Adele story on last night’s edition of The Late Late Show, and the host verified it is real [at 5:38 into the video above]. He went on to explain how he came into possession of the gum and provide some context:
“What happened was, the weekend before we had shot [the Dion episode of ‘Carpool Karaoke’], [Adele and I] went on a weekend away to… we went to Mexico: my family, A-bomb, her son, and we spent a weekend together. The following Friday, I was shooting the ‘Carpool’ with Celine Dion, and Adele just loves Celine Dion. […] We were talking a lot about that and she was like, ‘Oh my god, she’s amazing.’ I think she’s met her once, she said she got starstruck by her, which rarely that happens to Adele, you know?
So [Dion and I] were in the car, and she had gum in her mouth, and she was like, ‘What can I do with this?’ There was something at the back that looked like a script, so I took a piece off and she placed it in, and I screamed, ‘Don’t…’ ‘I’ll do that,’ she said, as she was ready to perform the fold. ‘I got it, I got it, I got it,’ I said. After that, I had to hand it to… I gave it to [The Late Late Show producer] Diana Miller or someone along those lines, and I told her, ‘I need to keep this really safe.’ ‘I think this is the day he loses his mind,’ she said as she accepted it. ‘I believe this is it.’ ‘Please keep it safe,’ I remarked, and then I guess I gave it to A-bomb for her birthday. Do you understand what I mean when I say [she’s] a difficult person to purchase for? “A candle isn’t going to cut it.”
He then joked about how valuable this piece of gum may now be: “I did instantly think after that video: Now that it’s been in Adele’s possession and Celine Dion’s mouth, I’m going to see that on Sotheby’s for like $138,000 at some point in my lifetime.”