Elton John regrets past drug abuse, reveals what took him so long to come out

Elton John regrets past drug abuse, reveals what took him so long to come out

Los Angeles : CA : USA | Jul 18, 2012 at 11:20 AM PDT
Views: Pending
Drugs abuse: faces before and after; addicted condition

In a recent interview with "Today" host, singer Elton John revealed the reason of him not publically announcing his sexual orientation and talked about his past drug abuse.

The 65-year-old singer, who married Renate Blauel in 1984 before confirming four years later that he was gay, said in the interview that he didn’t feel the need to tell people about his sexual orientation because he thought that they already knew.

When Matt Lauer asked the singer why he chose to remain silent until he was in his 40s, Elton said that nobody ever asked him.

“When [journalist] Cliff Jahr asked me in Rolling Stone, 'I'm gonna ask you a question, but if you don't want to answer it, I'm gonna turn the tape recorder off.'

''And I said, 'You're gonna ask me if I'm gay or not.' And he said, 'How did you know that?'

''I said, 'I've been waiting for people to ask me this. It's not exactly a secret. I live with my manager. I'm openly gay outside. I don't have a girlfriend. And nobody's ever actually out - I just thought it was common knowledge,' '' John Elton said, insisting that he never hid his sexuality for the sake of his career, although there were time when radio stations stopped playing his songs and people even burnt his records out of rage., according to a report by AZ Central.

In the second part of the interview, the singer said that he had fallen too deep into drugs and it was not until his friend, Ryan White, died that he realized he needed to clean up his lifestyle.

“Ryan White inspired me to change my life. If there was ever a message -- and in life you get messages -- this was a message from wherever. It's like, 'You clean up your life or you're gonna die. And your epitaph will not be good,'" he said, according to a report by MSN Entertainment.

John said that his experience to the rehab was nothing less than being at a boot camp. He was deprived of all the fun and the only thing he had to focus on was to get rid of that dirty habit.

"I say at 43 I learned to live my life all over again by taking different steps. It's a miracle I'm talking to you right now," he told Lauer.

1 of 1
Singer Pitbull talks with host Matt Lauer during an appearance on NBC's "Today" show in New York
Singer Pitbull talks with host Matt Lauer during an appearance on NBC's "Today" show in New York
Wendy Zachary is based in Texas, Texas, United States of America, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
Report Credibility
  • Clear
  • Share:
  • Share
  • Clear
  • Clear
  • Clear
  • Clear

News Stories

  • One Direction 2012: Elton John tells 1D “keep your original friends” & see ...

      Unreality TV
    Elton John is of course a music legend who's been in the business for decades, so for newbies to the music biz, if there's a go to guy, it's most likely him. And today, it's been reported that Elton has some sage words of advice for the boys of One...
  • Elton John regrets waiting to become a dad

    The 65-year-old singer and his husband David Furnish became parents to Zachary Levi on December 25 2010 via a surrogate mother and while he is loving fatherhood, Elton wishes they had decided to start a family sooner. Speaking on ITV1's 'Daybreak',...
  • Elton John Wants To Reconcile With Billy Joel

    Comment Elton John is still holding out hope he can reconcile with former pal Billy Joel , after candid comments about the Piano Man 's drinking problems led to months of estrangement. The Tiny Dancer hit-maker battled drug and alcohol problems early...
  • Elton John will never join twitter

    Sir Elton John thinks he'd end up in prison if he joined twitter. The 65-year-old singer refuses to sign up to the social networking site as he knows he would get into trouble almost straight away...He told The Sun newspaper: ''You won't see me doing...
  • Elton John tours in November

      The Daily Telegraph
    John fans will be able to join in the 40th anniversary celebrations of Rocket Man with the announcement he is returning Down Under in November. Released in 1972, Sir Elton's single Rocket Man was a global hit, breaking records in multiple territories...
  • Matt Lauer Bans Savannah Guthrie From Wearing Heels!

    The newsman is said to be delighted that Savanna is his new co-host he just doesn't want her being taller than him, which his why she's been wearing low-riders. Poor Savannah she loves wearing high heels, and Matt didn't mind that when she...





More From Allvoices

Related People

Report Your News Got a similar story?
Add it to the network!

Or add related content to this report

Use of this site is governed by our Terms of Use Agreement and Privacy Policy.

© Allvoices, Inc. 2008-2014. All rights reserved. Powered by PulsePoint.