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Wednesday 20 August 2014

Sir Elton John hosts Oscars party

David Furnish and Sir Elton John hosted the post-Oscars party

New dads Sir Elton John and David Furnish had no chance to slip off early from their glitzy Oscar-viewing party to be with their son Zachary.

"I wish we could but we can't, he might be coming down to visit us and say goodnight," Elton said at his celeb-packed fundraiser.

Kelly and Sharon Osbourne, Katie Price, Glee's Matthew Morrison and Chris Colfer, director Baz Luhrmann and actress Clare Danes featured on the swanky guest list.

Speaking before the evening got into full swing, Elton revealed how pleased he was to be performing with Florence Welch from Florence And The Machine.

"She's amazing, a great girl, so full of life. I love her, she's such a great singer and I'm mesmerised by her," he said.

Money from ticket sales and a special auction helped raise money for the Elton John Aids Foundation.

Elton told American reporters about how he was shocked by the lack of HIV awareness in the States.

"We still find the stigma of Aids exists, the shame, the marginalisation of people that have Aids," he said.

"It's really disturbing. It's very hard to teach sex education to young people in this country because it's a very conservative country."

Elton explained: "We do it in Africa to the young ones so they learn about sex and condoms and infection rates go down. Here you can't get to them and the infection rates go up, you're banging your head against a wall. Until something radically changes and you can actually get to young people in America and educate them on a sexual level then nothing is going to change and that's horrific."

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