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Having Children Changed Elton John’s Life

Singer’s life was riddled with heartbreak before birth of sons.

Elton John’s career and identity have been molded by a series of life-changing moments; most notorious were his 1975 suicide attempt and the death of his dear friend Princess Diana. The “I’m Still Standing” singer who’s brought joy to so many fans around the globe grew up as an only child estranged from his father and has spent a lifetime searching for happiness. In 2010, he finally found it in the form of a husband and two sons.

REELZ’s new docuseries The Elton John Story gives viewers a look into Elton John’s life, career, and fantastic journey as a husband and parent.

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On Christmas Day 2010, Elton John, 72, and David Furnish’s eldest son, Zachary, was born to a surrogate mother. A little over two years later, Elijah followed.

The show shows clips of the star looking happy and relaxed while at home with his husband and their kids.

“Elton having the children changed his life,” says Kenny Passarelli, Elton John’s former bass player. “It resolves everything. It’s the ultimate gift. It doesn’t get any better than that.”

In a clip from a previous interview, Elton John is heard saying that after an “amazing career,” his priorities have changed and the most important thing to him and David Furnish, 56, now is their family. Because of this, he is choosing to do a final tour and then retire from the music business.

“He’s retiring so he can raise his boys, and I’m really happy for him,” says Kenny Passarelli 69.

The Elton John Story airs Sunday, June 9 at 9 ET / 8 PT on REELZ.

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