unilad
Advert
Advert
Advert
Advert

Elton John Celebrates 30 Years Of Sobriety With Powerful Twitter Post

by : Cameron Frew on : 30 Jul 2020 18:26
PA Images

Sir Elton John has marked his 30th ‘Sobriety Birthday’ with a powerful social media post. 

Advert

The Tiny Dancer musician took to Twitter today, July 30, to mark three decades since getting sober, coming after years of drugs and alcohol as his career entered the stratosphere.

Describing it as the ‘most magical day’, he shared a picture of gifts he’d received, writing: ‘So many lovely cards, flowers and chips from my sons, David [Furnish], friends in the Program, staff at the office and in our homes. I’m truly a blessed man.’

In a subsequent tweet, the 73-year-old also wrote: ‘If I hadn’t finally taken the big step of asking for help 30 years ago, I’d be dead. Thank-you from the bottom of my heart to all the people who have inspired and supported me along the way.’

Advert

John’s life was the subject of a biopic, Rocketman, last year, starring Kingsman’s Taron Egerton as the I’m Still Standing singer-songwriter. Unlike Bohemian Rhapsody, which blanketed Freddie Mercury with sanitised storytelling, Dexter Fletcher’s film is a remarkably candid affair, especially considering John’s involvement in its production.

Taron Egerton Elton John Taron Egerton Elton John PA Images

Writing for The Guardian about the movie, John wrote: ‘I was in the cinema for about 15 minutes before I started crying. Not crying as in the occasional tear quietly trickling down my cheek: really sobbing, in that loud, unguarded, emotionally destroyed way that makes people turn around and look at you with alarmed expressions.’

John noted in the article that he didn’t have much interest in looking back on his career until later in life, when he had his first children, Zachary and Elijah. ‘I became less conscious about keeping it all to myself. I liked the idea of them having a film and an autobiography, where I was honest,’ he wrote.

Taron Egerton and Sir Elton JohnTaron Egerton and Sir Elton JohnPA Images

Discussing his struggles with drugs and alcohol, he added that ‘it’s a miracle I didn’t go off the rails before I did. It took three or four years – and my discovery of cocaine – before things started getting out of hand, maybe because I was working so hard that I didn’t have too much time to think about it’.

Although, when watching the film, he didn’t find those parts painful. ‘They’re truthful and, unlike my childhood, it was my own fault… in fact, more than a few people tried to warn me I was out of control. It took a fairly Herculean effort to get yourself noticed for taking too much cocaine in the music industry of 1970s LA, but I was clearly prepared to put the hours in,’ John wrote.

Advert

Rocketman is available to purchase on DVD, Blu-Ray and 4K UHD, as well as on-demand on Amazon Prime and iTunes.

If you want to discuss any issues relating to alcohol in confidence, contact Drinkline on 0300 123 1110, 9am–8pm weekdays and 11am–4pm weekends for advice and support.

If you want friendly, confidential advice about drugs, you can talk to FRANK. You can call 0300 123 6600, text 82111 or email via http://www.talktofrank.com/contact 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, or livechat at http://www.talktofrank.com/livechat from 2pm-6pm any day of the week.

Cameron Frew

After graduating from Glasgow Caledonian University with an NCTJ and BJTC-accredited Multimedia Journalism degree, Cameron ventured into the world of print journalism at The National, while also working as a freelance film journalist on the side, becoming an accredited Rotten Tomatoes critic in the process. He's now left his Scottish homelands and taken up residence at UNILAD as a journalist.

Topics: Health, Alcoholism, Drug Addiction, Elton John, Music, Sobriety, Twitter, UK

Credits

Elton John/Twitter and 1 other
  1. Elton John/Twitter

    @eltonofficial

  2. The Guardian

    Elton John: 'They wanted to tone down the sex and drugs. But I haven’t led a PG-13 life'