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Friday 29 August 2014

Elton: Fatherhood calmed me down

Elton John thinks fatherhood has calmed him down

Sir Elton John has revealed fatherhood has calmed him down a lot.

The singer is dad to young sons Zachary and Elijah with partner David Furnish and told The Sun about the positive effect they had had on his life.

He said: "My life has got simpler over the last few years. I have a great, steady relationship with David. I'm sober. I have a great career. I have my children now. I thought it would be nerve-racking having kids, but in fact, they've calmed me down completely.

"It has been such a dream. It has changed our lives a million per cent for the better and I can't imagine what it was like without it. It's a total joy. Psychologically and subconsciously, it's made me a different person - including when it comes to writing music."

Elton, 66, also said he planned to cut back on his addiction to work so he can spend more time with his family.

He said: "The time has come in my life when I will definitely cut back on shows so I have more time with my family... I'm addicted to playing, I'm addicted to working, I'm addicted to touring, I'm addicted to everything."

He continued: "I sat down with David and said, 'You know, I'm fed up with it. The travelling is killing me. I can't do it any more. I've never taken enough time to smell the roses.

"I want to take my boy to school and I want to spend more time with David. I also want to spend more time on projects that maybe I should have done years ago but never found the time for.

"This might be a piano album or something just different. If you're going to be Elton John, you have to push the envelope."

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