British singer Adele may be facing a fine as she is making headlines this morning, for not registering her baby’s name with the British government.
The Grammy award winner gave birth to a baby boy on October 21, her first child with fiance Simon Konecki.
An Adele family member confirmed the birth, but did not release a name. Adele has been trying to fiercely guard the baby’s privacy, to the point of violating the law and receiving a fine.
In the U.K., births are required to be registered within 42 days of the baby’s birth. Adele has now waited 51 days, which is punishable by a fine of roughly $1600 U.S. dollars. There is a bit of a process to register. If (as in Adele’s case), the baby’s parents are unmarried, the mother and father must attend a signing and fill out all of the child’s information including name, place of birth and date of birth together. The parents are then mailed a birth certificate.
However, the baby registration oversight apparently is quite common. British publication The Sun reports that “millions” of couples forget or have various reasons for failing to register on time. The publication continues that many couples only register immediately because “it’s a nice thing to do.”
Adele is notoriously secretive about her personal life, not admitting her pregnancy until nearly six months in and remaining mostly out of the public eye since the announcement last summer.
There is also no updated information as to when Adele plans to wed Konecki. Over the summer, the singer denied the two had married in secret before the baby’s birth. For now, the pair seem to be focused on their son.
Adele is said to be working on material for her third studio album, which will focus on her experience with motherhood. As of now, there is no release date set for the album, but label insiders have hinted at a new single late in 2013.