Elton John celebrated a particular milestone this week: 30 years of sobriety.
The Grammy-, Oscar- and Tony-winning singer-songwriter highlighted the event on his social media platforms Wednesday. In a sequence of pictures, he shared the playing cards he obtained from family members, a festive cake and his 30-year sobriety chip.
In a tweet accompanying the pictures, John famous that he’d simply wrapped up a “most magical day” of celebration together with his husband, David Furnish, and sons Elijah, 7, and Zachary, 9.
“I’m really a blessed man,” he wrote. “If I hadn’t lastly taken the massive step of asking for assist 30 years in the past, I’d be useless.”
Lately, John has been candid about his early struggles with dependancy. Each his 2019 memoir, “Me,” and the musical biopic “Rocketman” detailed drug and alcohol binges that may final for days.
“The life I used to be main, flying on the Starship [his private plane], residing in lovely homes, shopping for issues left, proper and heart — it was not a traditional life, not the kind of life I got here from anyway,” he instructed Selection final yr. “I misplaced full contact with that. I vowed once I did change my life that that may by no means occur once more.”
John famously credited his friendship with Ryan White, an Indiana boy who died of an AIDS-related sickness in 1990 at age 18, for motivating him to get sober that very same yr.
“After he died, I spotted that I solely had two selections,” John recalled for NPR in 2012. “I used to be both going to die or I used to be going to reside, and which one did I wish to do? After which I mentioned these phrases, ‘I’ll get assist,’ or ‘I need assistance. I’ll get assist.’ And my life rotated.”
As of late, John is wanting ahead to getting again on stage. Earlier than the COVID-19 pandemic shut down efficiency venues world wide, he’d been within the midst of a multiyear Farewell Yellow Brick Street Tour, now slated to renew in 2021.
He’s additionally written the music for a stage adaptation of “The Satan Wears Prada,” scheduled to open in Chicago subsequent yr earlier than transferring to Broadway.
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