And yet, much of the world was shocked when the flamboyant performer — who wore sparkly hot pants in concert and was followed to Manhattan gay clubs — got candid about his personal life in the Oct. But writer Cliff Jahr and photographer Ron Pownall the pair of freelancers that Rolling Stone had assigned to the piece were persistent, and they finally got the call to meet with John on the last day of his tour. The magazine might not have had an agenda other than to feature one of the biggest stars in the world on the cover , but Jahr did. The writer was openly gay and had an inkling about the flamboyant rock star. Certainly not in the press. He was concerned that John would be scared off by a tape recorder and photographer snapping shots during an intimate conversation.
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He has worked with lyricist Bernie Taupin as his songwriter partner since ; they have collaborated on more than 30 albums to date. In his five-decade career Elton John has sold more than million records, making him one of the best-selling music artists in the world. For 31 consecutive years — he had at least one song in the Billboard Hot In , Rolling Stone ranked him Number 49 on its list of influential musicians of the rock and roll era. He has been heavily involved in the fight against AIDS since the late s. He continues to be a champion for LGBT social movements worldwide and same-sex marriage.
Collaborating with lyricist Bernie Taupin since on more than 30 albums, John has sold over million records, making him one of the best-selling music artists of all time. His tribute single, re-written in dedication to the late Diana, Princess of Wales , " Candle in the Wind " sold over 33 million copies worldwide and is the best-selling single in the history of the UK and US singles charts. John owned Watford Football Club from to , and to
He is gay, In the late s, he was engaged to be married to his first lover, secretary Linda Woodrow, who is mentioned in the song "Someone Saved My Life Tonight". He married German recording engineer Renate Blauel on 14 February , in Darling Point, Sydney, with speculation that the marriage was a cover for his homosexuality. John had come out as bisexual in a interview with Rolling Stone,but after his divorce from Blauel in he told the magazine that he was "comfortable" being gay.