Elton John is talking about his turbulent relationship with his mother—and says he's "glad" she never met his two young sons, People reports. The singing legend opened up on CBS Sunday Morning about how his mother, Sheila Farebrother, didn't meet sons Zachary, 8, and Elijah, 6, before she died in 2017. "She never liked David. She never liked anybody. She never asked to see the children," says the 72-year-old. "But I'm glad they didn’t meet her, because she would have criticized them, like she criticized me. She couldn’t help herself. She's a sociopath." In other excerpts from the interview and his upcoming memoir, Me:
- How their relationship changed: "The only thing that changed was I didn’t lose my temper," he said on the CBS show. "I knew what was coming, and I let her get on with it. And I just said, 'I love you, Mum,' and she said, 'I love you, too. I don't like you, but I love you. But I don't like you.'"
- His regret over using cocaine: "It nearly destroyed my soul," he said. "My soul was black, like a charred piece of steak, until I said, 'I need help.' And suddenly a little pilot light in my soul came along going, 'Yes, I'm still here. I'm still here.'" (He's apparently been sober and clean for 29 years.)