Adele reportedly turned down a record deal to make preparations for her birthday celebrations back when she was 18. According to school friend Allan Rose, the ‘Someone Like You’ singer wanted to celebrate her 18th birth anniversary with a bash to remember and refused to let the offer of a contract get in the way.Rose met Adele at the BRIT school, which also counts Jessie J, Amy Winehouse and Leona Lewis amongst its past pupils.“It was clear she was going to be a star. Some people were that step above everyone else, and Adele was one of them. She was just naturally musically gifted,” a website has quoted him as telling a leading daily. The ‘21’ singer had famously refused to play any festivals in 2011 because she wanted to spend the summer “drinking cider” and leading a “normal” life with her friends.“You’ve got to build up relationships. I’m at a point where I’m making my friends for life. I don’t want to forget how to be normal. You’ve got to go out and have a laugh,” she was quoted as telling a magazine.Rose believes that Adele is still the same person he once knew.“She’s clearly stayed grounded. She was bubbly, fun, outgoing and popular at school. Everyone is proud we spent time with this amazing talent,” he said.