Sylvester Stallone says Adele insisted on keeping his Rocky statue when she bought his mansion
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Sylvester Stallone has said that Adele insisted on keeping his statue of Rocky when she bought his Los Angeles mansion.
The mega home had originally been listed for an equally mega $110 million, and then was reduced to $80 million. But according to reports by TMZ, Adele bought the actor’s pad for $58 million last year – quite the discount.
Overlooking the mansion’s pool is a statue of the star’s iconic character, Rocky Balboa – and it turns out it was an absolute deal breaker for the Brit.
Stallone, 76, has since opened up about selling the property during an interview with The Wall Street Journal.
Stallone was asked if he wanted to take the statue with him when he sold the property and he admitted: “I did!”
But Adele wasn’t going easy on it.
"But she said, 'That’s a no deal. That’s gonna blow the whole deal'," the Rocky actor recalled. "She wanted the statue."
And now, after getting the mansion for way less than listed, rumour has it she’s totally renovating the place.
Photos shared earlier this month of the estate show that work is well under way at Adele’s new mansion with the place basically stripped to the bones.
Stallone seems to be in the loop too, as he said: “I like what she’s doing. She’s making it gorgeous.”
Not only did the actor play Rocky in the series of legendary boxing films, but he also worked on the films as director, writer and choreographer.
Stallone actually wrote the screenplay for the iconic first 1976 film in just three days, writing the 90-page draft after watching the legendary match between Chuck Wepner and Muhammad Ali in 1975.
In a 2022 interview with The Hollywood Reporter at his ranch home in California, the movie legend was pretty blunt about his anger around the ownership dispute related to the Rocky franchise.
In response to whether or not there has been movement on the situation he said: “No. It’s never gonna happen. It was a deal that was done unbeknownst to me by people that I thought were close to me and they basically gave away whatever rights I would have had.
“At the time I was so excited to be working and I didn’t understand this is a business. Who knew Rocky would go on for another 45 years?
"I’ve never used one [line of dialogue] from anyone else — and the irony is that I don’t own any of it. The people who have done literally nothing, control it.”
Stallone said he’d told them he was ‘willing’ to do yet another Rocky but said to them: “After 45 years, can we change the playing field a little bit? Level it out? Can’t I get a piece of what I created all these years ago?”
With such connection to his unforgettable character, there’s no surprise the statue is just as hot property as his old mansion itself.