ELTON John thought everyone knew that he’s gay.
The star — who said he was bisexual in 1976 and married Renate Blauel in 1984, before confirming he was gay in 1988 — says he was “waiting” to be asked about his sexual preferences as it was never something he kept secret.
“Nobody asked me,” Elton said when asked why he didn’t come out until he was in his 40s.
“When [journalist] Cliff Jahr asked me in Rolling Stone, ‘I’m gonna ask you a question, but if you don’t want to answer it, I’m gonna turn the tape recorder off.’
“And I said, ‘You’re gonna ask me if I’m gay or not.’ And he said, ‘How did you know that?’
“I said, ‘I’ve been waiting for people to ask me this. It’s not exactly a secret. I live with my manager. I’m openly gay outside. I don’t have a girlfriend. And nobody’s ever actually out — I just thought it was common knowledge’.
“I honestly didn’t [think it would hurt my career]. And, to be honest with you, it did a little bit. In America, people burned my records for a second and radio stations didn’t play me.”
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