Saturday, January 29, 2011

BBC Radio 2 Interview

POTTY-mouthed Sir Elton John turned the Radio 2 airwaves blue yesterday.

He stunned 8million listeners to the Chris Evans breakfast show by using the F-word.

It came just before the 9am news while he was discussing his own early morning routine.

The pop knight, who has just become a father for the first time at the age of 63, claimed he rarely played the piano at home.

Host Chris, 44, then responded by revealing that fellow pianist Jools Holland, 53, had told him he is unable to start the day without tinkling the ivories.

A flustered-sounding Elton hit back: “Oh f***ing hell.”

Chris cut in: “No don’t say... oh, we must apologise for that. Kiddies there.”

Almost immediately the grumpy rock legend apologised to Chris and his listeners.

He claimed: “I was just exasperated with that. I mean I can’t think of anything worse than getting up and playing the piano.

“I mean, it’s what I do, I play over 100 shows a year.

“Sorry about that. The remark was just so ‘uh’.

“I’m very, very sorry for that awful word that I said.”

He then issued a formal apology after the news and insisted: “I’m really, really sorry that I said that naughty word.”

Shame-faced Chris, who also apologised profusely, then played Elton’s classic hit Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word.

Later, a distracted Elton was asked by Chris what he was drawing on a piece of paper, and he admitted he was wracked with guilt over his use of the F-word.

He replied: “I’m doodling because I said that awful word. It’s a panic doodle, yeah... I just shouldn’t, you know, it caught me unawares.”

Elton revealed he is working on a blockbuster “fantasy” movie charting his “bizarre” life of sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll.

He said: “Yeah, that will happen or get off the ground in the next two or three years.

“It’ll be more Moulin Rouge and less like the Tina Turner movie. My life has been quite bizarre... from music to a football club ... to God knows what.

“I’ve been married to a woman, am married to a man, have had a child.”

Talking about baby Zachary he said: “On Christmas Day we had our boy and nothing can beat that.”

But he said he still did not know if he or partner David Furnish, 48, was the real daddy.

“He is our surrogate son but we don’t know who’s the baby is. We’ll find out later. He’s got my nose and David’s ears. What can I tell you.”

- Daily Star

Sir Elton John's son is named after his favourite church.

The flamboyant musician and his husband David Furnish, 48, became parents to Zachary Jackson Levon through a surrogate mother on Christmas Day (25.12.10) and the pop star has revealed the meanings behind the baby's moniker.

In an interview on British station BBC Radio 2, he said: "Zachary is one of my favourite names. Our favourite church is in Venice where we have a home, San Zaccaria. It was John the Baptist's father's name. And John the Baptist was born three days before Jesus Christ. His birthday was anyway. And Jackson is a name I've always liked and David's dad is called Jack. It's an old English name that means son of Jack. It's just going to be Zachary Jackson and then as he was born on Christmas Day and the song Levon says, 'He was born a pauper to a pawn on Christmas Day,' I chucked that in for a bit of rock star influence."

Elton also explained how he and David "divvied up" their sperm so neither of them knows for sure who fathered the baby.

The 63-year-old singer explained: "On Christmas Day we had our boy and nothing can beat that. He is our boy. Our surrogate son. We don't know whose the baby is. We divvied up the sperm. We'll find out later. He's got my nose and David's ears, what can I tell you."
The 'Your Song' hitmaker insists he is involved in all aspects of raising his son and isn't afraid of changing nappies.

He said: "Am I hands on? We are. I've changed a nappy, yes. Bathed him, changed nappies, read the bed time story."

Elton says they went to great lengths to keep the surrogacy secret, and the media frenzy that has followed them since they announced their happy news confirmed they were right to do so.
He added: "We planned it since last January. We didn't tell many people, we kept it a secret, we had to protect our surrogate. Since we've had the baby it's been a nightmare because we're being followed everywhere in Los Angeles and blah, blah, blah but we expected that so..."

- Contact Music

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