Text by Jordi Lippe-Mcgraw, Architectural Digest
Adele knows how to throw a party. The singer celebrated her 31st birthday on 5 May by throwing a Gatsby-themed bash at the iconic Godfather mansion in Beverly Hills.
While the affair was top secret and for A-listers only, the Grammy winner did share a few photos on Instagram that gave away some of the party details. In one image, she dons a classic 1920s ensemble and hairdo as dancers in feathered headdresses surround her. In another snap, Adele appears to be in a mirrored room wearing Gucci sweats.
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This is 31.thank fucking god 💀 30 tried me so hard but I’m owning it and trying my hardest to lean in to it all. No matter how long we’re here for life is constant and complicated at times. I’ve changed drastically in the last couple years and I’m still changing and that’s okay. 31 is going to be a big ol’ year and I’m going to spend it all on myself. For the first time in a decade I’m ready to feel the world around me and look up for once. Be kind to yourself people we’re only human, go slow, put your phone down and laugh out loud at every opportunity. Learning to REALLY truly love yourself is it, and I’ve only just realized that that is more than enough. I’ll learn to love you lot eventually 😂 Bunch of fucking savages, 30 will be a drum n bass record to spite you. Chin up eh ❤️
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Adele didn't reveal the location of the bash in her post—it was actually the stepfather of Gatsby himself who spilled the beans! Leonardo DiCaprio’s stepfather, David Ward, posted a picture from the party with the caption “Celebrated Adele’s 31st at the most amazing Gatsby esque and lavish gig last night. All cell phones were handed in by guests and no paparazzi present. Kinda like cowboys handing over there weapons to Wyatt Earp in Tombstone back in the Wild West days. Party held at the iconic Godfather mansion, home to the horses head in the famed 1972 movie.”
The 50,000-square-foot Mediterranean-style mansion was actually listed for sale back in October for $135 million, down from the listing price of $195 million. And it’s easy to see why it’s commanding such a high price tag. The property, built back in 1927 by Gordon Kaufmann, boasts 19 bedrooms, 29 bathrooms, and sits on 3.5 acres. The common space can comfortably accommodate up to 400 guests for a seated dinner and more than 1,000 for a party. And it features an 800-foot driveway with four wrought-iron gates, so no one can get a peek inside.
There’s also a two-story library with hand-carved panelling, spa, billiards room with herringbone parquet floors, a hand-carved stone fireplace mantle, and a stunning ceiling that looks nearly identical to one of the ceilings in the Hearst Castle.
Speaking of, the Hearst family is a part of this home's incredible pedigree, as it was once home to newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst and actress Marion Davies. Later, it was the honeymoon location for John F. Kennedy and Jackie Kennedy and then served as JFK’s West Coast presidential election headquarters. The H-shaped structure became popular in the modern era as it was featured prominently in The Godfather, starring Marlon Brando, and The Bodyguard, with Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner.
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