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​Elton John Celebrates 29 Years Of Sobriety

​Elton John Celebrates 29 Years Of Sobriety

Elton John is celebrating 29 years of sobriety, having revealed it has been almost three decades since he sought help to get sober in a heartfelt Facebook post.

The singer wrote: "29 years ago today, I was a broken man.

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"I finally summoned up the courage to say 3 words that would change my life: "I need help." Thank you to all the selfless people who have helped me on my journey through sobriety.

"I am eternally grateful."

John is celebrating 29 years sober. Credit: Facebook/Elton John
John is celebrating 29 years sober. Credit: Facebook/Elton John

Many fans have congratulated the star on his incredible milestone, with one commenting: "You are an inspiration to the world in so many ways. Thank you for sharing. You are an awesome person. Your 29 years of sobriety and your courage and strength set an example for others."

Someone else wrote: "Great work Elton! You are such an inspiration and a great great man. Very talented. So congratulations on your 29th year!!"

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Another said: "It takes great courage to admit to yourself that you need to make changes, and even greater courage to say it out loud and then follow through on those necessary actions. Congratulations Elton!"

A fourth added: "We're all so proud of you, Rocketman."

Speaking to Variety at this year's Cannes Film Festival - where the biopic of his life, Rocketman, premiered - John opened up about his battle with multiple addictions.

Taron Egerton as Elton John in Rocketman. Credit: Paramount
Taron Egerton as Elton John in Rocketman. Credit: Paramount

"The life I was leading, flying on the Starship [his legendary private plane], living in beautiful houses, buying things left, right and center - it was not a normal life, not the sort of life I came from anyway," he said.

"I lost complete touch with that. I vowed when I did change my life that that would never happen again."

Rocketman documents the superstar's rise to fame, but doesn't shy away from showing some of the less glamorous details about Elton's life, including his struggles with drugs, bulimia and mental illness.

Elton John with husband David Furnish. Credit: PA
Elton John with husband David Furnish. Credit: PA

Now happily married to David Furnish, his partner of 26 years, John has two sons: Zachary Jackson Levon, eight, and Elijah Joseph Daniel, six. Last year, he also announced he would be retiring from touring so that he can spend more time with his family.

"I am a survivor," John added.

"I've survived a lot of things. Life is full of pitfalls, even when you're sober. I can deal with them now because I don't have to run away and hide."

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: Entertainment, TV and Film, elton john

Jess Hardiman

Jess is a journalist at LADbible who graduated from Manchester University with a degree in Film Studies, English Language and Linguistics - indecisiveness at its finest, right there. She also works for FOODbible and its sister page Seitanists, which are both a safe haven for her to channel a love for homemade pasta, fennel and everything else in between. You can contact Jess at [email protected]

 

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