SIR Elton John's former lover and manager of 25 years John Reid insists the singer's union with David Furnish will be a success - because the rocker's future 'husband' doesn't tolerate his legendary tantrums.

Reid, who met John in 1970 and lived with him for five years as his first gay partner, is convinced he has found a soulmate in 43-year-old Furnish because he is a strong independent character who can be the ROCKET MAN's equal.

He says, "I have seen him (John) nervous walking into a room with six people. David has helped him overcome that.

"They fit perfectly together and they will have a blast being married.

"But it can be tricky. Having seen them together I know David is good for Elton because he doesn't put up with the tantrums - he gives as good as he gets - and he is professionally independent."