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Sir Elton John to reduce touring commitments as he puts his family first


Sir Elton John loves doing the school run

Sir Elton John loves doing the school run

Sir Elton John loves doing the school run

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.

And he said he will be doing "fewer gigs in the future" 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 4's Front Row 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, whose 33rd album Wonderful Crazy Night is out next month, said he will be doing "fewer gigs in the future".

And talking about fatherhood, he added: "I love doing the school run. Yesterday I picked him up at 3.10pm and I love that, it is part of my life now.

"They know what I do, they understand it, but while I'm away David will be here and he will be parenting and they will always have somebody to read them a story at 6.30 at night every night.

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