25 March 2020, 14:57
Elton may be one of the most famous performers in the world, but much less is known about his private life. Here we take a look behind the scenes at his life with husband David Furnish and their children Zachary and Elijah.
Elton had recently stopped drinking and was rebuilding a new life in sobriety: “I rang up a friend in London and said, ‘Could you please rattle some new people together for dinner here Saturday?’” Elton told Parade in 2010.
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David was reluctant to go, later saying he expected the night to be a total bore, but Elton said their attraction was instant.
His father was an accountant and David struggled with his sexuality, later explaining that his main reason for leaving Canada and moving to London to become an ad executive for Ogilvy Mather, was to explore his sexuality away from his family.
“I grew up in a wonderfully happy, balanced household, with two other brothers and a mother and father who were still in love. I’d had such a positive experience at home, I wanted to live up to that ideal. But I couldn’t do it. I had a lot of failed relationships, a lot of unhappiness, a lot of shame and embarrassment, bad self-image stuff. I had to get away,”
Most notably he was married to Renate Blauel for four years from 1983 to 1987 and was previously engaged to Linda Hannon in 1970, who recently spoke out about Elton cancelling their wedding just before the ceremony.
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Elton said at the time: “Having our civil partnership was an incredible breakthrough for people that have campaigned for a long time – through the 60s and the 50s in England when it was so hard to be gay and hard to be open about it. And it was a criminal act.”
So for this legislation to come through is joyous, and we should celebrate it. We shouldn’t just say, ‘Oh, well we have a civil partnership. We’re not going to bother to get married‘. We will get married.”
Guests were treated to an elegant reception filled with dark red roses and a superb dinner of beef short rib and warm chocolate pudding.
Together now for almost thirty years, Elton and David still find time to be incredibly romantic towards one another.
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David and Elton are the proud father to two boys: Zachary, 8, and Elijah, 6.
Both children were born to the couple by the same surrogate and Elton – who was known for his lavish indulgence in outlandish objects – has said they have brought more joy to his life than anything else on earth.
Five years after their civil partnership, Elton and David welcomed son Zachary on christmas day, 2010.
“We are overwhelmed with happiness and joy at this very special moment,” the couple announced in a statement. “Zachary is healthy and doing really well, and we are very proud and happy parents.”
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“[Elijah] completes our family in a most precious and perfect way,” Elton told Hello!, “I’ve learned that a parent‘s capacity for love is endless. When another child is born, our depth of love just grows deeper and wider, so it was very emotional.”
The couple are determined that the children – who call Elton ‘Daddy’ and David ‘Papa’ – will grow up to appreciate the value of money and have admirable values in place around pocket money and saving.
“They get £3 pocket money, but £1 is for charity, £1 is for saving and £1 is for spending, they get three coins and put them in separate jars. And they have to work for it – help in the kitchen, help in the garden,” Elton told The Guardian, “They’ve got to learn the value of doing something and earning something for themselves.”
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“They live a very local life in Old Windsor, they go round their mates’ houses, it’s not a showbiz life as such,” added Elton.
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“They’re not stuck behind the gates of a mansion. Saturdays when I’m home, we go to Pizza Hut with them, we go to Waterstones, we go to the cinema. I’ve never been a recluse, I’ve never hidden away. I’m on the school run.”
If you’d had said to me ten years ago I’d be sitting on your show married to the man I love and have two beautiful children, I would have said you put acid in my drink,” said Elton on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
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“But life throws you challenges … and these two children have come along at a time I never thought I’d have children. They are the greatest thing in our lives. There are no words to describe how much we love these boys. They’re just amazing.”