"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.”
Sir Elton John reportedly defended Harry Styles on stage during his gig at the iTunes Festival after the One Direction star was booed.
Sir Elton took a moment to thank the "fabulous Harry Styles" for attending his performance at the Roundhouse in Camden but was met with boos from the crowd, The Mirror said.
The Rocket Man singer apparently defended Styles, who was pictured travelling to the show on the tube, by responding: "I love One Direction, f*** off."
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Elton John may be better known for his Tantrums & Tiaras, but it is a pair of the pop legend's platform boots that are up for auction.
The six-inch-high boots, complete with gold keyboard motif platforms and signed by the man himself, are among a number of pop memorabilia items being auctioned off on eBay to raise money for Amnesty International.
Brit Awards organisers are to launch a new annual honour to celebrate major figures in music with Sir Elton John announced as the first ever recipient.
The Rocket Man and Your Song star is to be given the Brits Icon Award at a show in September which will be broadcast later by ITV.
The new prize - created by the BPI, music industry's trade body - will stand alone from the main Brit Awards each year and will be presented to a notable artist whose writing, recording and performances have made a "lasting impact on the nation's culture".
Sir Elton has recently been treated for appendicitis which resulted in his shows being cancelled including a headline appearance at Hyde Park this month, but he is expected to be recovered for the event.
Sir Elton John has revealed he could have died at any time during his European tour as he was unaware he was suffering from appendicitis. Speaking to The Sun after cancelling a number of dates of his European tour, including a headline performance at London's Hyde Park he said:
"I was a ticking time bomb. I guess I could have died at any time. I feel so lucky and grateful to be alive."
The 66-year-old star thought his stomach pains were due to a bad bout of food poisoning, and he performed 10 concerts in "agony" but was forced to walk off stage during a concert in Halle, Germany, last Friday. The singer's spokesman said:
"Elton is incredibly disappointed to postpone these tour dates. To know that he made such super-human efforts and continued to perform to thousands through his illness only confirms his dedication to his European fans."
Sir Elton John has cancelled a headline performance at London's Hyde Park after being diagnosed with appendicitis.
The performer had been due to perform at the concert on Friday night, topping a bill which also features Elvis Costello and Ray Davies.
He called in doctors after being taken ill during his European tour.