Friday, March 3, 2017

Elton Chats About His Children, Ageist Radio & The Lion King Remake

Sir Elton John says his children come before his partner David Furnish.

The 'Tiny Dancer' hitmaker has six-year-old Zachary and four-year-old Elijah - who were both born via surrogate - with the 54-year-old Canadian filmmaker and admits a decade ago he didn't think it would be possible to become father and have two "wonderful" children and such a "remarkable" life.

Asked how his sons have changed his life at his Academy Awards viewing party - which is put on each year in aid of the Elton John AIDS Foundation - he said: "In the most unimaginable way - there's nothing I love more than my sons, and then David comes second.

"They have changed my life in the most remarkable way which I never thought was possible.

"If somebody had told me 10 years I could have such a wonderful life with two beautiful sons I'd have said they were bonkers, but it just shows you never know what can happen.

"I never thought I would be a father but I love it, I just love it, they've taught me so much - they're just fantastic."

Despite loving fatherhood, the 'Rocket Man' singer has said he has no plans to add to his brood.

He added: "But we're done - no more!"

Last December, rumours were swirling that Elton was to retire in 2018 to spend more time with his family, however, he rubbished the rumours.

At the time, he also said that despite his many years of stardom, his children remain grounded as they acknowledge his fame but ignore it.

He said: "We are a very privileged couple, we live an incredibly privileged life and so it's hard to keep their feet on the ground, but so far so good.

"They know what daddy does they know he's a singer but they are not that interested, they are more interested with their torches and their Lego."

- Our London

Sir Elton John turns 70 later this month. While he’s very much still standing—touring extensively and releasing records—evidently he’s increasingly upset about his new music not getting played on the radio anymore.

“There comes a point where you have to admit that you’re not gonna get played on the radio in America because it’s ageist,” John claims in the new book Captain Fantastic by Tom Doyle, a biography of the singer, which is due out later this month. “There’s a whole stream of different music come along now. And you have to face up to it.”

It’s not John’s first brush with American radio. In 1976 he came out as bisexual to Rolling Stone magazine and was reportedly dropped by some radio stations as a result. But ultimately his sales didn’t suffer.

Yet the last time his new music—as opposed to his classics such as “Your Song” and “Tiny Dancer”—received extensive airplay on US radio stations was 15 years ago with the singles from his Songs from the West Coast album.

- Heat Street

It’s tough to think of ‘The Lion King’ without thinking of Elton John — but apparently the remake won’t feature new music from the legend. We spoke with him exclusively before his annual Oscars party on Feb. 26, and he told us that he had no idea they were even making it.
“We didn’t even know it was being made,” Elton John, 69, told before the 25th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation’s Academy Awards Viewing Party in Los Angeles on Feb. 26. “So Disney hasn’t even told us about it — That is how good Disney are!”

Elton’s husband David Furnsih added that the answer was “we don’t know,” but Elton also added, “They (Disney) are the worst by the way!”

- Hollywood life

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