In a recent interview with "Today" host, singerrevealed 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.
Whenasked 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.