VIDEO: Elton John Talks Addiction, Upcoming Nuptials & More on TODAY
Sir Elton John sat down with TODAY anchor Matt Lauer this morning to talk about his legendary musical career, his battle with addition and his recently announced upcoming nuptials with long time partner David Furnish. Check out a clip from the interview below!
John released his breakthrough album "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road," 40 years ago. The album, which sold more than 30 million copies, still brings the musician to tears when he listens to it. "... it reminded me of a time when I was very innocent," he says of the record.
Speaking on his battle with addiction early in his career, John shares, "I don't blame anything," he said. "I don't blame anybody or anything. It was just me being inquisitive. ... 'I'll join in. I'll be part of the gang.' Bad decision. If I could go back again, I would never do it." He tells Lauer music has been with him through "sadness, through laughter, through love."
Tomorrow, the second part of John's interview with TODAY will air in which he will discuss his upcoming nuptials with partner David Furnish. The pair plan to wed as early as May, now that gay marriage is legal in England. "We'll do it very quietly," John told Lauer. "But we will do it and it will be a joyous occasion and we will have our children."
He continues, "I'm very proud of Britain and the laws that we've seen come into existence since we've been together. Having our civil partnership was an incredible breakthrough for people that have campaigned for a long time - through the '60s and the '50s in England when it was so hard to be gay and hard to be open about it. And it was a criminal act. So for this legislation to come through is joyous, and we should celebrate it. We shouldn't just say, 'Oh, well we have a civil partnership. We're not going to bother to get married.' We will get married."
Says John of his current music career, "I love it as much now as I did," he said. "I don't like the fame part of it, and I don't like the technology part of it so much. But, the thrill of the music will never die for me ... when you hear somebody young, like Lorde, or someone like that, making a record like she did, and you think, 'You're 16,' I am flabbergasted. And it makes you want to write the best song in the world, because you just cannot believe that this music has come out of someone so young, and so brilliant."