John R. Adkins (also called "Grampy" by his granddaughter) is the maternal grandfather of Adele. He and his wife, Doreen, are the parents of five children and father of five children—Kim, Anita, Gary, John Anthony, and Penny, Adele's mother.
He and Doreen are mentioned at the end of the booklet for Adele's debut album, 19, where she refers to them as "the original romantics." Doreen and John have lived in a small home in Tottenham, North London, for over 30 years. They have fourteen grandchildren. Adele revealed in an interview with i-D that her grandparents were two of the people that inspired "Remedy," the first song written for her third studio album, 25.