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Superstar Elton to cut back gigs for sake of children

By Kate Ferguson

Sir Elton John has revealed he is going to scale back his touring to spend more time with his children.

The singer, who has two sons with his husband David Furnish, said he does not like being away from his family for long periods of time.

He said he will be doing fewer concerts to ensure he can be home with his two sons, three-year-old Elijah and five-year-old son Zachary, who has just started school.

He told BBC Radio that he tries to juggle his touring schedule around parenting.

He said: "It's all based around the half terms now, and Zachary has started school; he started in September, half term has just finished. He is back at school now.

"He came to Toronto, but he came to LA, New York and Las Vegas, and I saw him there.

"They love travelling, they are used to it because they travelled when they were babies, but yes, it is all based around half terms now.

"I am going away to Japan and Australia and various places for like five weeks and it is going to be very hard,

"I have never been away from them for that long. I will never be away from them for as long again."

Sir Elton said he will be doing "fewer gigs in the future".

He said: "When you have children they become the most important thing, it all revolves around them."

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