Adele has heard funny noises in her new home

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Adele is reported to have hired a live-in female bodyguard to protect her at her £7 million West Sussex mansion after becoming convinced that it’s home to a ghost.

The 23-year-old singer has been freaked out by unexplained noises at the 10-bedroom former convent and doesn’t want to spend a night alone there.

Adele was so excited to be renting such a lavish property but it has not turned out as happily as it should have,’ says a friend.

‘She is convinced it is haunted. She knows about its religious history – and it’s a big place to be in on your own in the dead of the night.’

Adele‘s new £100,000-a-year bodyguard – who is believed to be her former driver – will also keep the star company in her home, which boasts an indoor swimming pool and a tennis court.

The singer’s also taken on 2 full-time security staff to guard the gates of the house after finding a public footpath near her front door.

‘She can see the funny side,’ her friend tells The Sun.

‘But she is a sensible girl and knows there is no point taking chances with her safety.’

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Anna Duff