Sir Elton says he is 'flattered' President Putin rang him to personally apologise after the star received a hoax call from pranksters.Read the full story ›
Sir Elton John and Vladimir Putin have agreed to a meeting after the singer's recent 'pranking', the Russian President's spokesman has said.Read the full story ›
In the phone call, Sir Elton says he is "extremely honoured" that Putin is calling him but the Kremlin later confirmed it was a hoax.Read the full story ›
The singer says he wants to discuss the president's "isolating and prejudiced" attitude towards gay people.Read the full story ›
Sir Elton John has forgiven Dolce and Gabbana for their comments about IVF children and is looking forward to wearing their clothes again.Read the full story ›
"I'm very proud of my country," Elton John told NBC's Today show as he announced he will marry his partner David Furnish in May.
"I'm very proud of Britain and the laws that we've seen come into existence since we've been together."
Sir Elton John has said that he and his partner David Furnish are to marry "quietly" in May, following a change in the law that allows same-sex marriages.
Sir Elton, 67, told told NBC's Today show: "We'll do it very quietly. But we will do it and it will be a joyous occasion and we will have our children."
The couple underwent a civil partnership eight years ago on the day such ceremonies were introduced.
Sir Elton - who has two children with Furnish - said: "For this legislation to come through is joyous, and we should celebrate it. We shouldn't just say 'Oh, well, we have a civil partnership, we're not going to bother to get married'. We will get married."
Furnish, 51, told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that the couple don't feel the need to take "the extra step legally" but said "We all live by example.”
The film director said that the pair have famously enjoyed hosting big parties in the past, “But with the kids, everything is different."
He told the newspaper that the ceremony would take place in an English registry office in May "with a couple of witnesses."
Russian President Vladimir Putin said musician Elton John is "an extraordinary person" as he defended his country's stance on homosexuality ahead of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, during an interview with BBC1's Andrew Marr Show.
Mr Putin said: "Read our law carefully - and pay attention to its name. It's called a 'ban on the propaganda of paedophilia and homosexuality'. There are countries, including in Europe, where they're debating the possibility of legalising paedophilia. Publicly discussing this, in parliament.
"They can do what they want, but the people of Russia have their own cultural code, their own traditions.
"It seems to me that the law we adopted doesn't harm anybody. What's more, homosexual people can't feel inferior here, because there is no professional, career or social discrimination against them.
"When they achieve great success, for example Elton John - he's an extraordinary person, a distinguished musician, and millions of our people sincerely love him, regardless of his sexual orientation."
A charity is holding an auction of seven sets of Russian dolls featuring British gay icons in order to raise money for its work with the LGBT community in Russia.
The hand-painted icons featured on the dolls are: Elton John, George Michael, Stephen Fry, Graham Norton and Tom Daly.
The Kaleidoscope Trust says it commissioned the limited edition dolls in order to "stick two fingers up at homophobia in Russia this Christmas".
You can bid for the dolls online at www.torussiawithlove.co.uk from tomorrow until December 22nd.
Elton John has said that music from younger music stars "makes him feel happy"
In an interview with JLS's Marvin for Daybreak, he said: “The young make me feel alive, things like Disclosure, Rudimental, Ed Sheeran, things like that, Example.
" I love all those kind of people.
"I put them on first thing in the morning because they make me feel happy.”
He also insisted on keeping his favourite One Direction star a secret, joking: “I’m not letting on about who’s my favourite.”