Elton John is known today as one of the greatest musicians of the era, but his success would mean much less were he not able to share and enjoy it with the love of his life.
“The best thing that ever happened to Elton was David Furnish. He found his soulmate, which is a difficult thing to find in life,” says Pete Bellotte, Elton John’s producer and friend in REELZ’s new docuseries, The Elton John Story.
As soon as they met, their love story took off.
“The next night they went out for dinner together and got on exceptionally well. And after that David became a regular fixture in Elton’s life,” explains Elton John, 72, Biographer Keith Hayward.
In 1997, Elton John endured a tragedy: the death of his dear friend Princess Diana. In mourning, he wrote “Candle In The Wind” and attended her funeral with David Furnish, 56, by his side.
“I saw it on TV and it was like he took the whole of England to church,” recalls Caleb Quaye, Elton John’s school friend.
At the event, Keith Hayward says Elton John “was determined not to break down, determined not to make a mistake, just so that we could play that song for Diana.”
Within a year, the singer was knighted.
“Elton, I can hear him now: ‘What a day this is going to be, one Queen knights another,’” recalls former radio star Andy Peebles.
And through it all, David Furnish remained by his side. As Star readers know, the two married in 2014 once same-sex marriage became legal in England. They now share two sons.
“They’ve been happy ever since. You can see it, they look so good together. It’s wonderful to see people connecting like they do,” says Pete Bellotte.
The Elton John Story airs Sunday, June 9 at 9 ET / 8 PT on REELZ.