Tuesday, June 16, 2015
David Buys Apartment for Personal Trainer he Met Clubbing
David, 52, met 33-year-old Danny Williams on a night out clubbing in the capital, and quickly struck up a friendship, a report in The Sun on Sunday claims.
2013 Land Registry documents show David, who married Elton in December, paid in excess of £330,000 for a two bedroom flat in South London for Danny to live in.
The report alleges that David and Danny, a personal trainer in a London gym, met during a night out, when Elton was not present and continued to party together.
'Furnish and Danny were close and went out a lot on the gay scene. Elton would not be there as he does not like clubbing and was often away touring and working,' claims a source.
The friends were seen out together for around 18 months, with photos from June 2012 showing the pair aboard a yacht in Portofino, Italy with other friends, before they headed to the Greek island of Mykonos while Sir Elton was on his Greatest Hits tour.
To celebrate his 51st birthday in October 2013, David flew Danny first class from London to Hawaii to be part of the celebrations.
It was also in this year that David purchased the flat for Danny to live in, as well as furnishing it before his friend moved in.
But a source claims that while Danny enjoyed the flat, trips abroad, as well as parties at David and Elton's lavish Holland Park home, it was after the Hawaii birthday trip that they stopped seeing each other regularly.
Danny, who is openly gay and has a son, 12 and daughter, ten from a relationship with a woman, was approached by The Sun for comment, and told the paper: 'We were just friends, that's all we ever was. I'm friends with both (Sir Elton and Furnish).' He refused to comment on the flat purchase, The Sun report.
Representatives for David and Elton have been approached by the MailOnline for comment.
A source adds that Danny pays rent on his flat and that the furnishings paid for by David amounted to £6,500 with everything coming from Ikea. The insider also says that David used air miles from his regular travelling to fly his friends, including Danny, out to Hawaii for his birthday.
'Danny is a friend of Elton's as well and Elton doesn't have a problem,' adds the source. 'There is absolutely not a crack in Elton and David's relationship.'
David and Elton were officially married in December, exactly nine years after they entered into a civil partnership.
The pair, who first met in 1993, are parents to Zachary, four and Elijah, two, who share the same surrogate mother.
- Daily Mail
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