Elton John relationships: Who is David Furnish? Singer’s love life revealed
Sir Elton John has had some very well known relationships in his life. He has been married twice and has had relationships with both men and women, many highly publicised, before coming out as gay. Now he is settled down with two children with his long-term husband, David Furnish.
In the late 1960s, before Elton John was a big name as a performer, he was engaged to secretary Linda Woodrow.
Linda has since spoken about their relationship, saying she was devastated about their break-up, which happened a month or so before his first big hit Your Song.
She told the Daily Mirror: “We were a month away from the wedding when he drunkenly woke me up and told me it was off.
“Then he called his stepfather to come and get him. He walked out and that was it.
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“I was so shocked. I loved him very much, and I thought he loved me.”
She also claimed Bernie Taupin and John Baldry told Sir Elton to call off their wedding, saying “he was going to ruin two lives, his own and mine [Linda’s].”
Some have suggested Linda is part of the lyrics for his song Someone Save My Life Tonight, which she called “painful” whenever she hears the lyrics, which talk about having someone “roped and tied, altar-bound, hypnotised.”
Following their relationship, Sir Elton became involved with John Reid in 1970, the label manager who later became his manager until 1998.
Some of their life is chronicled in the movie Rocketman where Reid was portrayed to be fairly manipulative.
Their romantic relationship lasted around five years, but their professional relationship did not end well.
In 2000, Sir Elton sued the former manager director of John Reid Enterprises (JREL) Andrew Haydon, as well as accountancy firm PricewaterhouseCoopers after a private letter was published in The Mirror in 1998.
Reid appeared in court saying: “He was incandescent with rage and he believed that someone from John Reid Enterprises had sold that information to the newspapers and told me in no uncertain terms to find out how it happened.
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“I was very angry about it too and for a couple of weeks there was a terrible tension between myself and Elton and within the office structure because everyone was under suspicion of having somehow leaked this letter to the press.”
Later, it was discovered the letter had been found by Benjamin Pell, a notorious man who looked through bins of law firms to find compromising documents of well-known people.
Despite this, Reid settled with Sir Elton outside of court.
After Sir Elton and Reid split up in the 1970s, he came out as bisexual in an interview with Rolling Stone, and in 1984, married German recording engineer Renate Blauel.
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Their marriage was short-lived, and they divorced in 1988 and Blauel has never spoken publicly of the marriage.
In a 2008 interview with The Australian, Sir Elton said of the marriage: “A drug addict thinks like this: ‘I’ve had enough boyfriends, and that’s not made me happy, so I’ll have a wife — that will change everything.’
“And I loved Renate. She’s a great girl. I really, really loved her. But, you know… it is one of the things I regret most in my life, hurting her.”
A few years later Sir Elton told the world he was gay.
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Who is David Furnish?
In 1993 Sir Elton began a relationship with former advertising executive David Furnish, from Toronto, who was working as a filmmaker.
In 2005 they were among the first couples to have a civil partnership in the UK, doing the ceremony on the day the Civil Partnership Act came into force.
When gay marriage became legal in the UK in 2014, the pair married in Windsor on the ninth anniversary of their civil partnership.
David and Sir Elton have two children, both of whom were born through a surrogate.
Zachary Jackson Levon Furnish-John was born on Christmas Day in 2010, and their second child, Elijah Joseph Daniel Furnish-John, was born on January 11, 2013.
According to The Telegraph both children have the same surrogate mother.
On the boys’ birth certificates, both Sir Elton and Furnish are listed as the children’s parents.
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