Sir Elton John felt ''joyous'' when he lost his virginity at 23 and is proud the scene is included in 'Rocketman'.
Sir Elton John felt ''joyous'' when he lost his virginity at 23.
The 72-year-old singer is very proud of the sex scene depicted between himself and his manager, John Reid, in 'Rocketman' - the upcoming movie based on his life and music - because the lovemaking was a ''vital'' part of his life story.
He said: ''If I am telling my story, it has to be honest.
''I was a virgin until then. I was desperate to be loved and desperate to have a tactile relationship.
''When they tear their clothes off in the movie, that was how it happened. It was in San Francisco.
''I'm so glad it's in there because I am a gay man and I didn't want to airbrush it under the carpet.
''This is who I am and I was so joyous. When he is lying in my arms and I'm sitting back with a smile I'm thinking, 'Ah, I'm normal, I've had sex'...
''I'm proud 'Rocketman' is the first major studio film with a gay love sex scene in it. If I'd left it out, I'd have felt I was cheating people.
''If they don't like it, I understand, but it's part of who I am. That night was a very, very important part.''
The 'Tiny Dancer' hitmaker - who has sons Zachary, eight, and Elijah, six, with husband David Furnish - admitted conversations about sex were limited when he was young.
He told the Daily Mirror newspaper: ''When I grew up, my father told me if I masturbated I'd go blind. At 13 years of age, I started to have glasses and I went, 'Oh my God! This is coming true!' ''
He said: ''Even though I was in a terrible state and I was doing a lot of drugs, I still kept working, I still kept making records and still kept touring and the music kept me alive. If I had stopped, I wouldn't be here. It's difficult to watch because I thought, 'God, I don't want to go back there'.''
While Elton still has his ''dark'' side, he thinks his husband and sons help him to stay on the right path.
He admitted: ''There are still parts of being a performer which will lead to the dark side. But it doesn't last long because I have David and I've my children.
''When my children are around, I never feel dark.
''I would never have thought I would be in a relationship for 25 years. I couldn't last with any relationship because drugs came into it.
''When I'm looking at those scenes when I'm alone, that's how I was. I was in my house just doing cocaine and I was afraid to walk down the stairs. That's craziness. I'm grateful... life is wonderful.
''I'd everything going for me, and I nearly threw it all away.''
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