The legendary singer is a doting dad to his two young sons.
It certainly makes the heart quiver when the realization of losing one of THE MOST iconic rockstars of our time dawns on us. He is not only one of the bestselling music artists in the world but he is also charming, empathetic, flamboyant, and kind. The Rocket Man is a living legend and we are fortunate to be living in the same era as Sir Elton John.
Recently, the maestro himself let the world know about his deteriorating health and how he is coping with the fact that he may not be around for long. The 72-year-old singer suffered a major infection following a surgery two years ago. And he commented that there is hardly anything left of his old self after his prostate cancer surgery and health issues, reports the Mail.
He said in Graham Norton's show that, "I literally had to learn to walk again. I was extremely sick. Luckily I survived it. Now I am fine. But there are very few bits of me left!" He went on to add, "there is no hair, a pacemaker, there is no tonsils, there is no prostate, there is no appendix. I have had kidney stones. I am like the Bionic Woman. I am like Lyndsay Wagner or Steve Austin. Whichever one you want to call it." And he is scared that he will not have the fortune to see his sons grow up.
He is a doting father to sons Elijah, six, and Zachary, eight and in his autobiography, Me, he revealed the intensity of his fear of not seeing his children grow up. He spoke about how he did a Las Vegas show in a lot of pain after the surgery and thought, "Don’t let me die, I want to see my children grow up."
Sir John wrote his autobiography for his sons because he wants them to know his journey from his own words. He wants them to see everything that he had gone through and how his children have made him complete.
“I wanted my boys to know what I was like and what happened so that when I’m not here, they can read the book and read the truth,” John said. “I just want them to understand what I was like when I went through the journey I had before I had them. How they made my life complete. How they’ve, you know, finished the circle. And that, you know, they were the last chapter in an incredible life.”
While his kids have everything at their disposal and are growing up surrounded by luxury, this hardworking father is keen that they are grounded and in touch with the reality outside. "I came from a very working-class background where I had to work for everything I got, and I want to instill those same values in them." He added, "But it's harder growing up in this world and David (his husband) and I are very mindful of that," reports the Mail.
And therefore, he has a strategy to teach to respect and be grateful for the bounties of life. He and his partner ensure they grow up to value everything and understand that things are not to be taken for granted. "They get £3 pocket money, but £1 is for charity, £1 is for saving and £1 is for spending, they get three coins and put them in separate jars," the Mail quoted him.
"And they have to work for it – help in the kitchen, help in the garden. They’ve got to learn the value of doing something and earning something for themselves."
He went on to admit that he was "no special" to his kids and that music does not "rank so highly" on their list. Had he been a footballer, he would have been a "God" to them. But he does insist that his boys keep their kind hearts open and to treat everyone equally.
In a conversation with Ellen, he admitted that his children are the greatest things in his life, and they came into his life at a time when he never thought he could have a family. "If you'd had said to me ten years ago I'd be sitting on your show married to the man I love and have two beautiful children, I would have said you put acid in my drink," Elton told the chat show host, as quoted by Hello Mag.
Sir EltonJohn's life changed drastically when his children arrived. "But life throws you challenges and life throws you curve balls and great curve balls and these two children have come along at a time I never thought I'd have children. They are the greatest thing in our lives," he said. "There are no words to describe how much we love these boys. They're just amazing."