“I’m proud Rocketman is the first major studio film with a gay love sex scene in it. If I’d left it out, I’d have felt I was cheating people.
I’m so glad it’s in there because I am a gay man and I didn’t want to airbrush it under the carpet. If they don’t like it, I understand, but it’s part of who I am. That night was a very, very important part.
When I grew up, my father told me if I masturbated I’d go blind. At 13 years of age, I started to have glasses and I went, ‘Oh my God! This is coming true!’
I was a virgin until then [age 23]. I was desperate to be loved and desperate to have a tactile relationship. When they tear their clothes off in the movie, that was how it happened.
It was in San Francisco–when he is lying in my arms and I’m sitting back with a smile I’m thinking, ‘Ah, I’m normal, I’ve had sex.’”Elton John speaking to The Mirror about the gay sex scenes in Rocketman.