What WILL Elton reveal in his £6m memoirs?... Musician set to spill the beans about his private life in long-awaited autobiography
Sir Elton John (pictured with husband David Furnish) is going to spill the beans about his private life in a long-awaited autobiography
Sir Elton John is going to spill the beans about his private life in a long-awaited autobiography — that is if there are any more beans to spill.
The publisher Macmillan is believed to have paid £6 million in a deal brokered by literary agent Andrew ‘the Jackal’ Wylie, famous for his ability to extract huge advances for celebrity clients.
The book will be ghosted by rock critic Alexis Petridis. ‘It is laugh-out-loud funny, full of anecdotes and things you haven’t heard before about Elton,’ says one source close to the deal.
Let’s hope Sir Elton can recall all the details of his glam rock Seventies heyday. Once the most hedonistic of pop stars, he had a 16-year battle with drinks and drugs.
‘I wouldn’t wash, there would be vomit on my dressing gown from bulimia. I had no life.
‘It was pure craziness,’ he has recalled.
‘There would be empty whisky bottles, mirrors with coke on them. I would be desperately searching on the carpet for cocaine.
‘I’d become an animal, a pig.’
Sir Elton was notoriously sexually promiscuous and started the Elton John Aids Foundation in 1992, a charity devoted to fighting the spread of HIV and helping those with the infection, because he got ‘so lucky’.
Elton, born Reg Dwight, married German Renate Blauel in 1984, and divorced her in 1988.
‘I had thought I was bisexual, but then I realised I was basically gay,’ said the songwriter.
Famed for his extravagance, he once blew £30 million in a 20-month spending spree, notching up a £300,000 bill for flowers.
Now he has turned 69, he has opted for a more wholesome lifestyle with husband David Furnish, with whom he has a deep, loving relationship
Now he has turned 69, he has opted for a more wholesome lifestyle with husband David Furnish, with whom he has a deep, loving relationship.
The pair entered into a civil partnership in 2005 and married in 2014.
They have two sons: Zachary, five, and Elijah, three, born to the same surrogate mother.
John previously published an autobiographical title, Love Is The Cure, in 2012, which focused on the pop star’s experiences of losing friends to Aids during the height of the HIV epidemic.
It did not set the charts on fire, however, shifting just 2,800 copies.
Sir Elton’s spokesman declined to comment.
Widely criticised for his recent snobbish comments about a journalist he described as a ‘half-educated tenement Scot’, John Cleese has now turned his fire on the French, condemning them as ‘frogs’.
The Monty Python star tweeted yesterday: ‘Flew Air France for the first time in 30 years, great food but they lost my only case . . . frogs.’
The racial epithet led fans to lament the decline of Cleese’s once-sharp wit. ‘Rude!’ chided one. ‘We expect and enjoy deeper quality of which we know you’re capable.’
One might wonder if that were still true.
Ramsay's girl pokes fun at 'embarrassing dad'
Self-admiring chef Gordon Ramsay has received his just deserts.
First, he admitted he’d been banned from daughter Tilly’s private school in London after requesting a selfie with the head at a parent-teacher evening. Now she has shamed him on social media.
Posing in a maroon T-shirt that reads ‘Please excuse my embarrassing dad!!!’, 14-year-old Tilly (pictured, left, with her father) says: ‘Will wear this to next parents’ evening.’
Posing in a maroon T-shirt that reads ‘Please excuse my embarrassing dad!!!’, 14-year-old Tilly says: ‘Will wear this to next parents’ evening.’
Launching the BBC’s Black And British season, Patrick Holland, BBC2’s very white channel editor, hailed the inclusion of a rapper called ‘Tinny’ Tempah. The Tinie gaffe prompted stifled giggles among his Soho Hotel audience of black producers and academics.
‘I can’t believe I called him Tinny,’ said a mortified Holland afterwards, whose hip-hop credentials may never recover.
Actress Rebecca Hall admits that she has a secret talent. ‘I can do an uncanny impersonation of (Icelandic singer) Bjork,’ she explains.
‘My party trick is to do any song that you say, then I’ll do it in the style of Bjork.’
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