Elton John

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Elton John Drops Bomb About His 'Sociopath' Mom

The pop legend opens up on 'CBS Sunday Morning'

(Newser) - 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,... More »

Elton John to Media: Leave Harry, Meghan Alone

He accuses press of 'relentless' attacks on royal couple after kerfuffle over private jet

(Newser) - Elton John provided a private jet for Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, and their baby son Archie to stay at his home in France last week—and he would like the British media to shut up about it. The singer is urging the British press to cease its attacks on the... More »

Putin Answers Criticism After Rocketman Censorship

Elton John had posted a letter to Russia's leader

(Newser) - Elton John is a musical genius, Vladimir Putin says, but he's mistaken about the Russian leader's attitudes on LGBTQ rights. John had criticized Putin over remarks he'd made in an interview with the Financial Times , after scenes showing gay sex and drug use were removed from John'... More »

Nation Bans Rocketman Over Gay Sex Scene

Samoa censor says it 'violates laws against same-sex marriage'

(Newser) - Samoa is feeling the heat from LGBT activists after it banned the Elton John biopic, Rocketman , which includes a gay sex scene. The principal censor in Samoa, where sodomy is punishable by up to seven years in prison, said the film is "not good for public viewing" and "... More »

The Elton John Biopic Is Out. What Critics Are Saying

Most are impressed as Taron Egerton channels the singer in 'Rocketman'

(Newser) - Anyone familiar with Elton John's five-decade-spanning career should expect a wild ride in Rocketman . That's exactly what director Dexter Fletcher delivers, according to critics, who've given the film a 90% rating on Rotten Tomatoes . Most are applauding star Taron Egerton, whose own voice you'll hear throughout.... More »

Cannes Goes Wild for Elton John Biopic

Singer, star perform duet at after-party

(Newser) - Elton John biopic Rocketman blasted off at the Cannes Film Festival Thursday night, receiving a standing ovation that brought star Taron Egerton and director Dexter Fletcher to tears, AFP reports. Sir Elton himself could be seen wiping away a tear as lights went down for the world premiere of the... More »

Trump's Gift to Kim: a One-Time Insult, Now Set to Music

Mike Pompeo reportedly delivering CD to North Korean leader

(Newser) - President Trump is about to dredge up what the Guardian says was a "low point" in his relationship with Kim Jong Un, but this time around as a wry attempt to suggest "no harm, no foul" to the North Korean leader. At least, that's what appears to... More »

Elton John Calls Out Georgia Rep. for 'Horrific' HIV Comment

The singer became the latest to attack Betty Price

(Newser) - Elton John has jumped into the American culture wars in response to comments from a Georgia state representative suggesting a quarantine might be necessary to stem the spread of HIV, Politico reports. In a statement released by the Elton John AIDS Foundation, the legendary British singer-songwriter lashed out at Rep.... More »

Trump Disses N. Korea's 'Rocket Man'

It's a busy day on the president's Twitter feed

(Newser) - It's another busy morning on Twitter for President Trump, with the leader of the free world zinging the leader of the Hermit Kingdom with none other than an Elton John reference, reports Politico . "I spoke with President Moon of South Korea last night. Asked him how Rocket Man... More »

Firefighter Reveals What Diana Said at Crash Scene

He speaks publicly on it for first time

(Newser) - She was the "People's Princess," a fitting title considering the outpouring of love from people around the world on the 20th anniversary of Princess Diana's cardiac arrest death following a car crash in Paris. Even today, the shock of her death still lingers. How the world... More »

Elton John Cancels All May Shows After 'Unusual' Infection

Singer became 'violently ill'

(Newser) - Elton John has cancelled more than a month of upcoming shows after contracting an unusual bacterial infection during a South America tour that left him in intensive care for two nights, the AP reports. John is scrapping all upcoming April and May dates of "The Million Dollar Piano" at... More »

Wedding Singers Mariah, Elton Score $4.2M

It's a big payday for duo who played nuptials of Russian billionaire's granddaughter

(Newser) - This should help soothe the hard feelings over her debacle of a New Year's Eve show: Mariah Carey made few million easy bucks over the weekend—by performing at a wedding. TMZ reports that Carey and Elton John were hired to sing in London at the reception for the... More »

Elton John Not Playing Trump Inauguration

Trump team sets $1M corporate donation limit for event

(Newser) - Celebrity Hillary Clinton supporter Elton John hasn't suddenly switched sides and he definitely will not be playing at Donald Trump's inauguration, a rep says. "There is no truth in this at all," she tells the BBC , responding to Trump transition team member Anthony Scaramucci's claim... More »

5 Celebs Who've Struggled With Mental Health

And what they had to say about it

(Newser) - Drew Barrymore has been opening up about mental health issues recently, first revealing she struggled with postpartum depression after the birth of her second child, then later talking about her childhood, during which she was "institutionalized" at a hospital for the mentally ill at age 13. The Chive rounds... More »

8 Celebrities Who Got Their Start as Backup Singers

Mariah Carey was a dancer, too

(Newser) - Not everyone skyrockets directly to fame: Ranker lists 24 celebrities who started out as backup singers. A sampling:
  • Katy Perry: When she still went by her birth name of Katy Hudson, she sang backup for P.O.D. and appeared in one of the band's 2006 music videos ("
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Putin Calls Elton John—for Real

The singer had previously been punked by pranksters

(Newser) - Elton John got seriously punked recently , when a couple of Russian pranksters called him up pretending to be Russian President Vladimir Putin and his translator wanting to talk to the singer about LGBT rights. But today Putin himself actually called John, the BBC reports. The Russian prez asked the singer... More »

Sorry, Elton, Putin Didn't Invite You to Gay Parade

Phone call between singer, Russian president was a prank

(Newser) - "Don't Go Breakin' My Heart" will probably be set to "Repeat" on Elton John's playlist after he gets word he won't be going to Moscow at Vladimir Putin's invite after all. The singer has publicly said in the past he wants to engage... More »

Elton John, Michael Stipe Team Up for Transgender Rights

They call for better treatment for transgender inmates

(Newser) - On Friday, the DoJ backed Ashley Diamond, a transgender woman housed in a male prison, by deeming it "cruel and unusual punishment" for Georgia to deny hormone therapy for gender dysphoria. Now she has more high-profile supporters: Elton John and Michael Stipe have put out a joint statement applauding... More »

Dolce & Gabbana: Boycotting Us Is 'Medieval'

Italian designers talk to CNN

(Newser) - Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana are continuing their explanation tour after calling kids born via IVF " synthetic ." In an interview today, Dolce told CNN that though he does "believe in the traditional family," he doesn't judge those who use IVF. His fashion designer partner Gabbana,... More »

Courtney Love, Other Celebs Boycott Dolce & Gabbana

After designers' comments on gay families

(Newser) - From the Oscars red carpet to the TV smash Empire, Dolce & Gabbana is everywhere in Hollywood. But might that soon change? Several celebrities have joined the boycott bandwagon launched by Elton John after fashion designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana criticized same-sex parents and the use of in vitro... More »

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