‘Be Happy with Who You Are’


Elton John isn’t perplexed when requested if he has a message for younger LGBTQ people who find themselves combating their sexuality or gender id.

In an unique interview with Selection ultimately month’s Cannes Movie Pageant, simply hours earlier than the world premiere of his long-in-the-works biopic “Rocketman,” John spoke candidly in regards to the “privilege” of being a homosexual entertainer.

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“Simply be your self,” says the legendary singer-songwriter-pianist, wearing a customized powder blue Gucci go well with and matching bedazzled rhinestone glasses. “Don’t let anyone do you down. I’ve been very privileged as a result of I’m in a enterprise that sort of accepts homosexual individuals. There are children that aren’t privileged. They arrive from poor backgrounds. Their dad and mom don’t perceive; faith provides them a tough time.”

Lengthy earlier than there was Ellen DeGeneres, “Will & Grace” and “Pose,” there was Elton John. The singer was 29 years outdated and a global celebrity when he instructed Rolling Stone in 1976 that he was bisexual. However in 1992, at age 45, he was quoted in the identical journal saying he was “fairly comfy being homosexual.”

Now 72, John tells Selection that he was 23 when he truly realized he was homosexual. “I acquired off to a really gradual begin,” he says with amusing. “I used to be just like the tortoise and the hare, after which abruptly the tortoise overtook the hare, and I made up for misplaced time.”

As “Rocketman” exhibits in harrowing element, making up for misplaced time led to a decade-long close to deadly drug habit earlier than John lastly acquired sober 28 years in the past. 

Over his 50-year profession in music, he has earned an Oscar, a Tony and a number of Grammys and is in the midst of his retirement tour, Farewell Yellow Brick Street, which is about to finish in late 2020.

John, who in 1998 was knighted by Queen Elizabeth, can also be an outspoken activist, notably round HIV and AIDS. In 1986, he teamed up with Dionne Warwick, Gladys Knight and Stevie Marvel to file “That’s What Pals Are For,” with all of the earnings going to the American Basis for AIDS Analysis. Since its begin in 1993, his annual Oscar viewing occasion has raised greater than $200 million for the Elton John AIDS Basis.

After which there’s his household.

John and his husband, “Rocketman” producer David Furnish, have been collectively for greater than 26 years. They have been one of many first {couples} to register for civil
partnership within the U.Ok. on the identical day that the Civil Partnership Act grew to become legislation. 9 years later, they married on Dec. 21, 2014, simply months after same-sex marriage grew to become authorized within the U.Ok. John and Furnish have two sons, Zachary Jackson Levon, 8, and Elijah Joseph Daniel, 6. 

It’s a far cry from John’s personal childhood. His father left the household when John wasn’t even a youngster, and his mom was chilly and distant. In line with  “Rocketman,” she instructed her son he would by no means be really beloved as a result of he was homosexual.

“It’s great to be homosexual. I like being homosexual. I actually do,” says John, whose first and solely approved memoir, “Me,” will probably be revealed by Macmillan in October. “And I believe I wouldn’t have had the life I’ve had if I hadn’t been homosexual. And I’m very happy with that. I’m very proud that I can admire that.”

“Should you’re sad at dwelling, depart,” John advises. “Don’t let anyone torture you for being homosexual or to your sexuality.”

It’s that delight and his activism which have reworked John into an elder statesman of the LGBTQ group. He’s Yoda wrapped in a rainbow flag. “Be happy with who you’re,” John says, persevering with his message for younger individuals. “There are such a lot of great numerous individuals on the earth — straight individuals, homosexual individuals [and] transgender individuals. We’re all God’s youngsters. Individuals who ought to know higher in locations of duty [and] assault homosexual individuals, transgender individuals … they declare to be near God, [but] they couldn’t be additional away from God in the event that they tried.” 

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