Elton John's not a fan of fame
Published 18/02/2010 | 18:09
Sir Elton John has revealed how the death of his close friends put him off fame.
The Rocket Man star opened up in an interview with Parade.com, referring to icons Princess Diana, John Lennon, Michael Jackson and Gianni Versace.
"Fame attracts lunatics; I never had a bodyguard, ever, until Gianni died - I don't like celebrity any more," he told the American magazine.
"Princess Diana, Gianni Versace, John Lennon, Michael Jackson, all dead - two of them shot outside their houses," he said. "None of this would have happened if they hadn't been famous... There's a lot of hate in the world."
Elton also spoke candidly about his relationship with long-term partner David Furnish.
"I was attracted to David immediately. He was very well dressed, very shy. The next night we had dinner. After it, we consummated our relationship. We fell in love very quickly," he revealed.
The couple, who have been dating since 1993, keep their love alive by sending cards to one another.
"Every Saturday for 16 years, we've sent each other a card, no matter where we are in the world, to say how much we love each other," he added.
And Elton insisted communication is key to their strong partnership.
"We've never been jealous. We talk about the sexual side of things, things that normally would have frightened me before," he added.