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But if this is the extent of the degeneracy in the film, it will bear very little relation to real life. In his younger days Elton was a promiscuous lover and such a prodigious drug user that he would go on threeday benders involving copious lines of coke followed by however many joints were required to quell the paranoid anxieties that inevitably ensued plus the bottles of Johnnie Walker. He once said that if he hadn't quit drink and drugs in he could have gone the way of Whitney Houston, who drowned in her bath in after a cocaine binge. As it was, Elton survived to marry partner of 26 years David Furnish, have two children via a surrogate mother and, it's said, be happier than he has ever been.

Overweight and painfully shy, he was bullied at school. To make matters worse he was gay at a time when attitudes towards homosexuality were very different from today. To help, he sought solace in his music.

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He even tried to adopt a conventional lifestyle by getting engaged to secretary Linda Woodrow in the late s. The relationship never made it to the altar, unlike another odd match some time later.

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Elton was just playing piano at a Christmas party for Tamla Motown when he met the man who would become his lover - John Reid. Reid, then Motown's UK label manager, also introduced him to Bernie Taupin, whose talents as a lyricist matched Elton's as a composer, and encouraged him to wear the outlandish costumes and garish over-sized glasses that became a trademark.

It soon paid off. But while a sober Taupin played in the film by Billy Elliot star Jamie Bell could watch the royalties roll in, it was the boy from Pinner, near Watford, who had to cope with the fame. Adrenaline rushes from the shows were matched by the emptiness behind the scenes.

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Drink and drugs took the edge off his despair. But, despite surviving an overdose in , Elton refused to accept that his life was out of control. I came very close to dying. I'd have an epileptic seizure and turn blue and people would find me on the floor and put me to bed, and then 40 minutes later I'd be snorting another line. I lost all my friends and the people that loved me didn't want to know me. My mother left the country.

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Elton and Reid split as a couple in but Reid remained his manager on 20 per cent commission for more than 20 years. Extended Musical Number: Honky Cat. Becoming Elton John: Taron's Transformation.

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