Elton John and David Furnish are both in agreement: They want to have a small wedding.
In a two-part interview with NBC’s Today show, John vows that he and his longtime partner will marry “very quietly.” He adds, “But we will do it and it will be a joyous occasion and we will have our children,” three-year-old Zachary and one-year-old Elijah, in attendance.
Elton tells Today host Matt Lauer that he’s “very proud” that England has just legalized same-sex marriage. He says, “For this legislation to come through is joyous, and we should celebrate it. We shouldn’t just say, ‘Oh, well we have a civil partnership. We’re not going to bother to get married.’ We will get married.”
John’s comments echo those made by Furnish in a recent interview with the Las Vegas Review-Journal, in which he revealed that they will wed in an English registry office in May, in front of their kids as well as a few witnesses. The couple entered into a civil partnership in 2005.
In his conversation with Lauer, Elton also reflects on his classic 1973 album, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, which has been given the deluxe re-release treatment. He admits that when he listened to the album in preparation for promotional interviews for the reissue, he became emotional. John elaborates, “I cried a little at it, because it reminded me of a time when I was very innocent.”
Elton was referring to his subsequent struggles with drugs and alcohol, for which he says he doesn’t blame anyone but himself. He says, “It was just me being inquisitive…’I'll join in. I’ll be part of the gang.’ Bad decision. If I could go back again, I would never do it.”
The first part of the Today show’s interview with the pop-rock legend aired on Monday. The second part airs Tuesday.
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