Sir Elton Hercules John (born Reginald Kenneth Dwight; 25 March 1947) is an English singer, songwriter, pianist, and composer. Collaborating with lyricist Bernie Taupin since 1967 on more than 30 albums, John has sold more than 300 million records, making him one of the best-selling music artists. He has more than fifty Top 40 hits in the UK Singles Chart and US Billboard Hot 100, including seven number ones in the UK and nine in the US, as well as seven consecutive number-one albums in the US. His tribute single "Candle in the Wind 1997", rewritten in dedication to Diana, Princess of Wales, sold over 33 million copies worldwide and is the best-selling single in the history of the UK and US singles charts. He has also produced records and occasionally acted in films. John owned Watford F.C. from 1976 to 1987 and from 1997 to 2002. He is an honorary life president of the club.
Elton John is looking back at being shamed for being gay. During an appearance on Dua Lipa‘s podcast, the 75-year-old entertainer revealed that back in 2009, he and husband David Furnish were turned down from adopting a child from an orphanage in Ukraine because they were gay. “I was carrying this little boy around for hours.
We had a press conference at the end and they said ‘You seem very fond of this little boy. Would you think of adopting him?’ and I went ‘I’d actually love to!’” Elton recalled on Dua‘s “Dua Lipa: At Your Service” podcast. “Of course, not thinking about social media, it went around the world straight away,” he continued. “It was ‘Elton John wants to adopt two children.’” Elton then revealed that he and David were deemed ineligible to adopt due to their sexuality. “Because I was gay I wasn’t allowed to anyway,” Elton explained. “After that happened, David said, ‘Well, what do you think about having kids?’ I always said no but this little boy was telling me something.
He was saying ‘C’mon you can be a dad,’ and that’s when we decided to have children, because of this little boy in Ukraine.” Elton and David then welcomed two sons via surrogate – Zachary in 2010 and Elijah in 2013.
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