I still write the song when he's not there and then I go and play it to him. So the excitement is still the same as it was from day one and that's kept it fresh and it's kept it exciting. In the late s, John was engaged to be married to his first lover, secretary Linda Woodrow, who is mentioned in the song " Someone Saved My Life Tonight ". John ended the relationship two weeks before their intended wedding, after being advised by Taupin.
In , John helped pay for Woodrow's medical fees, when she requested, despite not having been in contact for around 50 years. In , right after his first US shows in Los Angeles, he lost his virginity to and started his first gay relationship with John Reid , the Tamla Motown label manager for the UK, who later became John's manager.
The relationship ended five years later, although Reid remained his manager until I was living a lie. John had come out as bisexual in a interview with Rolling Stone ,   and in he told Rolling Stone in another interview that he was "quite comfortable about being gay". In , John began a relationship with David Furnish , a former advertising executive and now filmmaker originally from Toronto.
On 21 December the day the Civil Partnership Act came into force , John and Furnish were among the first couples to form a civil partnership in the United Kingdom , which was held at the Windsor Guildhall.
They have two sons. In , some Christian groups in the US criticised John after he described Jesus as a "compassionate, super-intelligent gay man who understood human problems". Bill Donohue , president of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights and opponent of gay marriage, responded: "To call Jesus a homosexual is to label him a sexual deviant. But what else would we expect from a man who previously said, 'From my point of view, I would ban religion completely.
In , John said he preferred civil partnerships to marriage for gay people,  but by he had changed his position and become a staunch supporter of same-sex marriage in the United Kingdom. John said,. It doesn't come close to describing the love that I have for David, and he for me. In contrast, 'husband' does". In , he claimed Jesus would have been in favour of same-sex marriage. In , John resisted calls to boycott Russia in protest at the Russian gay propaganda law , but told fans at a Moscow concert that the laws were "inhumane and isolating", and he was "deeply saddened and shocked over the current legislation".
His property in Nice is on Mont Boron. John is an art collector and is believed to have one of the largest private photography collections in the world. By , the pressures of stardom had begun to take a serious toll on John. During "Elton Week" in Los Angeles that year, he had a cocaine overdose. John replied, "Yes, I did. We were both bulimic. King was a player-coach for the team at the time.
John, who maintains a part-time residence in Atlanta, Georgia, became a fan of the Atlanta Braves baseball team when he moved there in An admirer of Monty Python John would present the comedy troupe the Empire Inspiration Award in , in he was among a group of musicians who helped finance their film Monty Python and the Holy Grail. On 22 April , John was discharged from hospital after two nights of intensive care for contracting "a harmful and unusual" bacterial infection during his return flight home from a South American tour in Santiago , Chile , and was forced to cancel all his shows scheduled for April and May Elton John became the chairman and director of Watford F.
John appointed Graham Taylor as manager and invested large sums of money as the club rose three divisions into the English First Division. John sold the club to Jack Petchey in , but remained president. He stepped down in when the club needed a full-time chairman, but continued as president. In and , John held a concert at Watford's home stadium, Vicarage Road , and donated proceeds to the club. John's paternal cousin Roy Dwight was a professional footballer, who scored for Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup Final before breaking his leg later in the same match.
John announced his intention to vote Remain during the UK's EU referendum on Instagram, sharing an image with the words "build bridges not walls", along with the caption "I'm voting to remain. John has said that he took risks with unprotected sex during the s and considers himself lucky to have avoided contracting HIV.
In April , John performed his ballad " Skyline Pigeon " at the funeral of Ryan White , a teenage haemophiliac he had befriended. John became more closely associated with AIDS charities following the deaths of his friends Ryan White in and Freddie Mercury in , raising large amounts of money and using his public profile to raise awareness of the disease.
This continues to be one of his passions. An auction followed, emceed by Stephen Fry. John was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility in He and Taupin had already been inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in In , he was named the MusiCares Person of the Year for his artistic achievement in the music industry and dedication to philanthropy.
He has also received five Brit Awards , including the award for Best British Male, and awards for Outstanding Contribution to Music in and In , John received the first Brits Icon award in recognition of his "lasting impact" on UK culture, which was presented to him by his close friend Rod Stewart.
Tony Awards. Since , John's band, of which he is the pianist and lead singer, has been known as the Elton John Band. Olsson left the band in but rejoined in From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For the footballer, see Elton John footballer. For the album, see Elton John album.
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