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Elton John has only just realised he’s led an ‘amazing life’

Josh Milton November 29, 2019

Sir Elton John has a performance of two songs before holding a press conference in New York January 24, 2018.

From having an entire Oscar-nominated biopic made about his life to a 300-day-long farewell tour, it’s safe to say Elton John has come far from his suburban upbringing.

But the 72-year-old music legend has only just realised he’s loved an “amazing life” during a one-off interview slot, according to What’s On TV

Elton John: Uncensored will air tonight on British broadcaster BBC One at 9pm local time.

‘You Song’ singer’s mother ‘didn’t approve’ of his relationship with David Furnish.

Speaking to Irish television presenter Graham Norton, John explained: “Because I 
live my life at such a high speed, sometimes you just go from one thing to the next.”

But writing his memoirs, Me, gave him a rare moment to reflect on his life. “Then I read the book in its entirety, I went: ‘God almighty!’

“I could have filled another 300 pages with stuff, but it’s been gratifying to know, at 72, that I can do the book and [Rocketman], and then move forward again.”

Norton sat down with the pop royalty in his house in southern France for the star’s only major interview of 2019.

It was a hairplugs-and-all interview touching on this childhood, his sexuality and more.

Elton John attends “The Lion King” European Premiere at Leicester Square on July 14, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)

John came out as gay in 1998, rupturing many of his relationships at a time where both societal attitudes and the law lagged in that area.

As much as he was catapulted across the rock cosmos, it was his subsequent civil partnership and marriage to David Furnish that rattled his relationship with his mother.

“Towards the end of her life she got more difficult,” he revealed.

“She didn’t approve of the civil partnership, she didn’t approve of David. She didn’t approve of anyone who was closer to me than she was.”

Elton John: ‘Even when I was at my lowest, the thing that kept me alive was working.’

As much as albums sales and accolades have piled up for John, he admitted that it is his family that has had the biggest impact on him, especially as he draws his touring days to a close.

“I have a huge propensity for work,” he said.

“Even when I was at my lowest, the thing that kept me alive was working.

“So I’ll still be heavily involved in music. I just don’t want to do the travelling anymore. I have two boys [Zachary, 8, and Elijah, 6] who need me, and David needs me too.”

More: BBC One, Elton John, me, rocketman, UK

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