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Elton John to marry in 'quiet' wedding in May

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 John and David Furnish who are aiming for a "low-key" wedding in May following a change in the law which allows same-sex marriages Credit: PA

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."

Putin: Elton John is 'an extraordinary person'

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.

Elton John has been called "an extraordinary person" by Vladimir Putin. Credit: Roman Vondrous/Czech News Agency

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."


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.

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