British singer Adele’s two-year-old son just won a ton of money, because the paparazzi snapped and published photos of him on his first trip to playgroup.
Photo agency Corbis Images UK agreed to pay Angelo Adkins a five-figure sum, reports The Guardian, in a settlement announced Wednesday. Adele and her partner Simon Konecki brought a privacy case against the agency after photos of him were made available to the English press against she and Konecki’s express wishes.
“It is a matter of profound sadness that many of his milestone moments, such as his first family outing and his first trip to playgroup, were photographed and published worldwide expressly against his family’s wishes,” Adele’s lawyer Jenny Afia said, according to The Guardian.
While Adele accepts and even embraces her public profile, Afia said, she is adamant her son must never be “public property,” and publishing the photos was a breach of her family’s privacy: “The parents’ view is that these images were of routine, everyday family occasions which the paparazzi has no right to intrude upon, profit from and file away in picture libraries for future reference and use.”
Adele has campaigned in California for stricter harassment laws, Afia added, and said Adele and Konecki plan to continue fighting for stricter laws related to the paparazzi and children.