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Gay icon Russian dolls to be auctioned by charity

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 nesting dolls are hand-painted as five British gay icons Credit: Mother / The Kaleidoscope Trust

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 from tomorrow until December 22nd.

Elton John: 'The young make me feel alive'

Elton John says he loves to keep up with the latest music

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.”


Elton defends Harry Styles after crowds boo him at gig

Sir Elton John defended One Direction star Harry Styles. Credit: David Jensen/EMPICS Entertainment

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."

Watch BRITs Icon: Elton John on ITV tonight at 9pm

Charity auctions off Elton John's platform boots

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 platforms are signed by Elton John. Credit: Amnesty International

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.

Sir Elton John to be given first Brits Icon Award

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.

Sir Elton John to be given first Brits Icon Award. Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

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.

Elton John 'grateful to be alive' after appendicitis scare

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."

Sir Elton John has revealed he is grateful to be alive following his recent bout of appendicitis. Credit: Press Association

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."


Elton John cancels Hyde Park gig due to appendicitis

Sir Elton John has cancelled a headline performance at London's Hyde Park after being diagnosed with appendicitis.

Elton John was due to perform in London on Friday. Credit: Press Association

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.

Elton John dedicates Beijing concert to Ai Weiwei

Sir Elton John has caused controversy in China by dedicating his own concert in Beijing to political critic Ai Weiwei.

The announcement, minutes into his performance, is said to have sent a murmur of shock throughout the audience as Ai remains a touchy subject for the Chinese government.

Elton John performs during his concert in Beijing, which he dedicated to Ai Weiwei. Credit: Press Association

The two men met before the gig and Ai tweeted: “I super like him.”

Audience members reported that Sir Elton told the crowd that the concert was dedicated "to the spirit and talent of Ai Weiwei".

The sculptor and installation artist, who has used his art to draw attention to social injustice, was detained for nearly three months last year and he remains barred from leaving China.

Report: Second baby for Sir Elton John

David Furnish and Elton John have a son, Zachary. Credit: PA

Sir Elton John and his partner David Furnish are to have a second baby, according to The Sun.

It is thought that the Rocket Man star, 65, and Mr Furnish, 50, will use the same surrogate who bore son Zachary, 22 months, for the couple.

A source told the paper: "Elton and David love this lady like a sister and they feel indebted to her for life. Naturally she has been well rewarded, but her identity will never be revealed."

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