Adele’s estranged father has publicly pleaded for the chance to reconcile with the singer ahead of the birth of her first child.

Mark Evans has expressed hope of becoming “a big part” of his grandchild’s life.

Speaking to The Mirror newspaper he said: "I would have loved so much to have been able to hold her in my arms and tell her how happy I was for her.

"I want more than anything to be part of her life again and to be a big part in my little grandson or granddaughter's life. I'm having to face up to the fact that I may never get to know my grandchildren and it is breaking my heart."

Evans continued to explain why he walked out on his daughter when she was just three years old saying: "I guess now I'm paying the price. A day doesn't go by when I don't wish I could change things.

"I know I've been a drunk and a self-pitying fool but my heart was broken at the time and booze was the only thing that made the pain go away.

"I am begging her to give me another chance . . . It breaks my heart to think I might not see her in the years ahead or hold my little grandchild in my arms."