'I'm so lucky': Elton John receives prestigious UK award
Elton John has no doubt been a member of many exclusive clubs over the decades, but probably nothing quite as exclusive as the one he formally joined on Wednesday. In an investiture ceremony at Windsor Castle, Prince Charles anointed the rock star and charity patron as a member of the Order of the Companions of Honour. It is one of the highest awards that can be bestowed by Charles' mother, Queen Elizabeth II, to citizens in Britain and across the Commonwealth.news.yahoo.com
EXCERPT: 20 years on, 'The Falling Man' is still you and me
The following account from Associated Press photographer Richard Drew is excerpted from the book “September 11: The 9/11 Story, Aftermath and Legacy,” an in-depth look at AP’s coverage of 9/11 and the events that followed. My family calls it “the picture that won’t go away.” The photograph was denounced as coldblooded, ghoulish and sadistic.news.yahoo.com
Elton John adds dates to final tour, including stadium shows
Elton John has announced the final dates for his farewell tour, which includes stops at big stadiums in the U.S. “Elton John Farewell Yellow Brick Road: The Final Tour” will visit Frankfurt, Germany, on May 27, 2022, and will make several stops throughout Europe, including Milan, Liverpool and Paris.
It's Elton John's birthday and he's got rare music for fans
FILE - In this Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020, file photo, Elton John appears after performing his nominated song, "(I'm Gonna) Love Me Again," at the Oscars in Los Angeles. Attending Elton Johns long-running Oscar-night party has always been one of the hardest tickets to get. The Elton John AIDS Foundation is inviting everyone to a hour-long, virtual pre-show Oscar party special hosted by Neil Patrick Harris and with a performance by Dua Lipa. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)NEW YORK – Elton John is celebrating his 74th birthday on Thursday — and he's sending fans a very rare present. The six songs will be added to the digital version of the collection “Elton: Jewel Box,” which was first released in November and contains more than 100 rare songs spanning 1965 to 2019.
Elton John opens his Oscar night party to all this year
FILE - In this Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020, file photo, Elton John appears after performing his nominated song, "(I'm Gonna) Love Me Again," at the Oscars in Los Angeles. Attending Elton Johns long-running Oscar-night party has always been one of the hardest tickets to get. The Elton John AIDS Foundation is inviting everyone to a hour-long, virtual pre-show Oscar party special hosted by Neil Patrick Harris and with a performance by Dua Lipa. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)Attending Elton John's long-running Oscar-night party has always been one of the hardest tickets to get. The Elton John AIDS Foundation is inviting everyone to an hourlong, virtual pre-show Oscar party special hosted by Neil Patrick Harris and with a performance by Dua Lipa.
Elton John calls out Vatican's "hypocrisy" for refusing to bless same-sex unions
Elton John criticized the Vatican after it decreed Monday that the Catholic Church cannot bless same-sex unions since God "cannot bless sin." The Vatican's orthodoxy office, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, issued a formal response Monday to a question about whether Catholic clergy can bless same-sex unions. Since same-sex unions are not intended to be part of that plan, they cannot be blessed by the Church, the document said. According to Box Office Mojo, the films grossed more than $195 million worldwide and $253 million, respectively. Much of the money the Vatican reportedly poured into the investment fund came from donations from Catholic faithful.cbsnews.com
Elton John slams Vatican for blessing its ‘Rocketman’ investment but not gay marriage
“How can the Vatican refuse to bless gay marriages because they ‘are sin’, yet happily make a profit from investing millions in ‘Rocketman’ — a film which celebrates my finding happiness from my marriage to David?? #hypocrisy,” John posted Monday on social media, including screen shots of articles about the decree and the film investment. AdvertisementThe Daily Beast discussed the investment in a 2019 story about a review of church finances that was ordered by Pope Francis. The probe focused in part on the Malta-based Centurion Global Fund, which reportedly draws two-thirds of its investments from the Vatican Secretariat of State. "[T]here are so many people I know who are gay and love their religion,” John, a self-declared atheist, told a London newspaper in 2006.latimes.com
Demi Lovato reveals she has brain damage from 2018 overdose
FILE - Demi Lovato performs the national anthem before the NFL Super Bowl 54 football game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Kansas City Chiefs in Miami Gardens, Fla., on Feb. 2, 2020. Lovato reveals publicly for the first time details about her near-fatal drug overdose in 2018 in Demi Lovato: Dancing With the Devil, a four-part docuseries debuting March 23, 2021, on YouTube Originals. Lovato reveals publicly for the first time details about the near-fatal incident in “Demi Lovato: Dancing With the Devil,” a four-part docuseries debuting March 23 on YouTube Originals. “I was left with brain damage, and I still deal with the effects of that today,” she said in a video call on Wednesday. As long as I continue to tell my truth, I'm going to make music that resonates with people."
Rush Limbaugh, voice of American conservatism, has died
PALM BEACH, Fla. – Rush Limbaugh, the talk radio host who ripped into liberals and laid waste to political correctness with a gleeful malice that made him one of the most powerful voices in politics, influencing the rightward push of American conservatism and the rise of Donald Trump, died Wednesday. Unflinchingly conservative, wildly partisan, bombastically self-promoting and larger than life, Limbaugh galvanized listeners for more than 30 years with his talent for sarcastic, insult-laced commentary. “We’re supposed to be horrified by the protesters,” Limbaugh told his listeners the next day after the Jan. 6 attack. AdRush Hudson Limbaugh III was born Jan. 12, 1951, in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, to the former Mildred Armstrong, and Rush Limbaugh Jr., who flew fighter planes in World War II and practiced law at home. It was there in the early 1980s that Limbaugh really garnered an audience, broadcasting shows dripping with sarcasm and bravado.
Music stars slam UK's 'shameful' failure on EU touring rules
FILE - In this Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020 file photo, Elton John performs "(I'm Gonna) Love Me Again" nominated for the award for best original song from "Rocketman" at the Oscars, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Dozens of U.K. music stars including Elton John, Ed Sheeran and conductor Simon Rattle on Wednesday Jan. 20, 2021, say musicians have been shamefully failed by the British government, which has left them facing post-Brexit restrictions on touring in the European Union. Britain and the EU disagree about who is to blame for the omission, each accusing the other of rejecting a deal for touring artists. The new rules mean U.K. performers have to comply with differing rules in the 27 EU nations, negotiating visas for musicians and permits for their equipment. Culture Minister Caroline Dinenage acknowledged the situation was “incredibly disappointing,” but said “the door is open” to talks with the EU on a deal for musicians.
Meghan and Harry end their eventful 2020 with first podcast
FILE - Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, leave after visiting Canada House on Jan. 7, 2020, in London. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, File)LOS ANGELES – The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have dropped their first podcast. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle and guests from Elton John to their son, Archie, appear on the royal couple's first audio release Tuesday for Spotify, a 34-minute special featuring reflections on 2020. “And, at the same time, to honor those who’ve experienced uncertainty and unthinkable loss,” the Duchess of Sussex adds. With some coaching from his parents, 1-year old Archie ends the podcast with a “Happy new year!"
Elton John, TikTok team up to educate about AIDS epidemic
LOS ANGELES – The Elton John AIDS Foundation and TikTok are teaming up to raise awareness about the disease through a campaign and live event for World AIDS Day. The event will air on John’s TikTok channel featuring the singer and husband-filmmaker David Furnish along with performances by Sam Smith, Sam Fender and Rina Sawayama. The campaign is also expected to help educate TikTokers about the prevention and own sexual health. “We all need to care about HIV and end the discrimination around this disease,” John said in a statement. “There’s a great lineup for our TikTok Live to break down the myths around HIV, talk about safe sex and ensure that young people know how to protect themselves and others.”
Brandi Carlile memoir 'Broken Horses' coming in April
NEW YORK – Grammy winner Brandi Carlile has a memoir coming in April. Her publisher calls the book an “evocative and piercingly honest” journey through the life that has shaped her “very raw art.”Crown announced Thursday that Carlile's book is called “Broken Horses,” and that Carlile herself will read the audio edition. The 39-year-old singer-songwriter-instrumentalist is known for such songs as “The Story” and “The Joke" and for her album “By the Way, I Forgive You.”According to Crown, Carlile will write about her “dysfunctional but loving family,” her years of “sleepless tours” and her collaborations with everyone from Elton John to Tanya Tucker.
Elton John announces new North American dates for final tour
NEW YORK – After postponing several shows because of the coronavirus pandemic, Elton John is saying hello to the yellow brick road of touring. The pop icon announced Wednesday that his “Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour” will return to North America on Jan. 19, 2022, in New Orleans. John also announced rescheduled 2022 dates for Houston, Detroit, New York City, Miami, Toronto and Montreal. In July John announced new dates in Europe. But, I really miss being on the road and performing for my beloved fans in my Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour,” John said.
New box set has trove of rare, unreleased Elton John songs
LOS ANGELES – Elton John is opening up his vault and releasing an expansive collection of rarely heard and unreleased tracks. John announced Thursday that the eight-CD collection, “Elton: Jewel Box," will be released on Nov. 13. The collection includes “Sing Me No Sad Songs,” an unreleased studio demo from 1969. The “Jewel Box” collection includes 148 songs, 60 of them unreleased, that span recordings from 1965 to 2019 and his early collaborations with songwriter Bernie Taupin. The songs just poured out of us, and the bands were just unbelievable in the studio,” John said in a statement.
Apple Music launching shows with Snoop Dogg, Shania Twain
NEW YORK Apple Music is launching several new radio shows hosted by A-list musical acts, including Snoop Dogg, Shania Twain and Carrie Underwood. The streaming service announced that it will debut two new radio stations Tuesday: Apple Music Hits, focused on popular songs of the 80s, 90s and 2000s, as well as Apple Music Country, dedicated to the country music genre. Both channels will have daily on-air hosts but will also include several shows hosted by well-known musicians. Apple Music Hits will include shows hosted by Snoop Dogg, Twain, Alanis Morissette, Backstreet Boys, Meghan Trainor, Ciara, blink-182s Mark Hoppus and Huey Lewis. Apple Music also announced Tuesday that its popular Beats 1 radio station featuring shows hosted by Billie Eilish, Elton John and Lil Wayne will be renamed to Apple Music 1.
Japanese fashion designer Kansai Yamamoto dies at 76
TOKYO Japanese fashion designer Kansai Yamamoto, known for his avant-garde and colorful work that included flamboyant costumes of the late rock icon David Bowie, has died of leukemia, his company said Monday. Yamamoto developed leukemia in February and was determined to recover and come back with renewed energy, said the company, Kansai Yamamoto. Born in 1944 in Yokohama, near Tokyo, Yamamoto debuted in 1971, becoming the first Japanese fashion designer to hold a show in London. He became internationally known for blending traditional Japanese motifs with brilliant colors and bold designs. He contributed to collections in Tokyo, New York and Paris for nearly two decades until 1992 and produced the Kansai Super Show and Nippon Genki Project."
Russian prankster acts as UN chief, reaches Polish president
WARSAW A Russian prankster posing as the U.N. secretary-general managed to reach Polands president on the telephone and rendered him speechless with questions about Ukraine, Russia and his reelection on Sunday. The prankster, Vladimir Kuznetsov, known as Vovan, posted a recording of the 11-minute call on YouTube. Polish state security is investigating how the prankster got through to the president and whether Russia's secret services were involved. The president also said that Poland has a discussion about history with Russian President Vladimir Putin about World War II and the Soviet occupation of Poland after the war. Kuznetsov, and the Russian prankster Alexei Stolyarov, who is known as Lexus, have previously embarrassed European politicians including French President Emmanuel Macron and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, as well as Elton John and Prince Harry with similar hoax calls.
Awkwafina, Zendaya among 819 invited to join film academy
Cynthia Erivo, John David Washington, Eva Longoria, Zendaya and Awkwafina are among the 819 people who have been invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. If they accept, which most do, those in the new class will have voting privileges at this years Oscars. A handful of actors from this years best picture winner Parasite, including Jang Hye-Jin, Jo Yeo-Jeong, Park So-Dam and Lee Jung-Eun, were also invited to join. The Academy said that 49% of the new invitees are international and represent some 68 countries. It has since surpassed those goals and continues to infuse membership classes with both women and people from underrepresented communities.
John Legend Enjoys Fathers Day Barbecue With Cardboard Cutouts of Britney Spears, Lizzo & the Queen
Fathers Day! Legend said after being shown waking up in the morning then breaking into a Father's Day song. Today is Father's Day, a day where people all around the world celebrate dads, Legend told viewers afterwards. Anyway, some friends and I are celebrating Father's Day by singing a few songs and hopefully adding some laughter to your day. Legend then introduced the couple's kids (Luna, 4, and Miles, 2) to what he hopes is a new tradition -- an annual "Legend Family Father's Day Barbecue." RELATED CONTENT:Bindi Irwin Shares Touching Father's Day Tribute to 'Superhero' DadCamila Cabello Dedicates Heartfelt 'First Man' Music Video to Her DadJennifer Lopez Pays Tribute to Alex Rodriguez & Her Ex on Father's Day
Baseball plans game at Field of Dreams, but will they come?
Visitors play on the field at the Field of Dreams movie site, Friday, June 5, 2020, in Dyersville, Iowa. Small town Iowa, baseball is still a big thing here, he said. The Field of Dreams site is open to visitors, who at no charge can run the bases and see if they can smack a ball into cornstalks that now stand about a foot tall. For Go the Distance Baseball, the company that now owns the Field of Dream site and plans to build a complex of youth baseball and softball fields, the talk of playing a game began five years ago. We understand the best choice for Major League Baseball in 2020 comes first.___Follow Scott McFetridge on Twitter: https://twitter.com/smcfetridge
Larry Kramer used voice, pen to raise consciousness on AIDS
FILE - This May 12, 2014 file photo shows playwright Larry Kramer at the premiere of HBO Films' "The Normal Heart" in New York. Kramer, the playwright whose angry voice and pen raised theatergoers consciousness about AIDS and roused thousands to militant protests in the early years of the epidemic, died Wednesday, May 27, 2020 in Manhattan of pneumonia. Please know that AIDS is a worldwide plague. Kramer, whose angry voice and pen raised consciousness about AIDS and roused thousands to action, died Wednesday at 84. As support for AIDS research increased, he found some common ground with health officials whom ACT UP had criticized.
Reaction to the death of AIDS activist, writer Larry Kramer
(AP Photo/Jeff Christensen, File)NEW YORK Reaction to the death of Larry Kramer, the AIDS activist and playwright who turned his fury into mass protests and helped raise the profile of the disease:"If you remember the early days of the AIDS crisis then you remember Larry Kramer. Author and fellow founder of the Gay Men's Health Crisis Edmund White, in a statement. His anger was needed at a time when gay mens deaths to AIDS were being ignored by the American government. Elton John, in a statement. Thank you, Larry Kramer. Lin-Manuel Miranda, via Twitter. ___Rest in power to our fighter Larry Kramer.
Ticketmaster Clears Up Unpopular Return Policy, but Fans Wanting Refunds Better Act Quick
click to enlarge Jaime MonzonElton John is one of the top concert draws forced to cancel or postpone tours because of the coronavirus pandemic. Of that total, 30,000 representing $2 billion in ticket sales have been canceled or postponed, "making it impossible to issue refunds to fans before recouping sales receipts from the organizers, as we've done in the past. "According to the statement, 12,000 of the events have been canceled and are now being refunded, while another 5,000 have been rescheduled, which also clears the company to offer refunds. The company said organizers are working to figure out how to present the remaining events disrupted by COVID-19 a "complex task" since no one's entirely sure when live events can resume. According to trade magazine Billboard , Ticketmaster will make good on refunds but with an apparent catch.Starting May 1, once postponed shows receive their new dates, ticketholders will receive a Ticketmaster email prompting them to seek a refund if they want it.sacurrent.com
Elton John cancels remaining concerts in New Zealand due to pneumonia
Elton John canceled his two remaining New Zealand shows late Tuesday as he continued to suffer from a bout of pneumonia. The 72-year-old singer said he had walking pneumonia and was assisted off stage. Tour promoters Chugg Entertainment initially said that John was recovering and the tour would go on as planned, aside from pushing back the next New Zealand performance by one day to Wednesday. After the New Zealand shows, John is scheduled for seven performances in Australia before traveling to the U.S. and Canada. According to the Mayo Clinic, walking pneumonia is an informal term for a milder form of pneumonia that isn't severe enough to require hospitalization or bed rest.cbsnews.com
Elton John cuts concert short in New Zealand after revealing pneumonia diagnosis
Editor's Note: Elton John has canceled his remaining two concerts in New Zealand. Elton John on Sunday was forced to end a concert in Auckland, New Zealand, early after losing his voice due to a case of walking pneumonia. I was diagnosed with walking pneumonia earlier today, but I was determined to give you the best show humanly possible," John said in an Instagram post following the shortened performance. According to the New Zealand Herald, John informed the crowd early in the show that he had been diagnosed with walking pneumonia that morning, but didn't want to cancel the show. "Elton John was disappointed and deeply upset at having to end his Auckland concert early last night," a statement from Chugg Entertainment read.cbsnews.com
Best picture Oscar nominees include 'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,' 'The Irishman,' 'Joker,' '1917'
An Oscars winner's envelope is seen in a souvenir store outside the Dolby Theatre before the 91st Academy Awards in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, February 14, 2019. "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood," "1917" and "The Irishman" were close behind with 10 each. It was also surprising that Disney's "Frozen II" was left off the best animated feature ballot in favor of Netflix's "Klaus." "Toy Story 4" was nominated in the category alongside Golden Globe winner "Missing Link" and "I Lost My Body." Unsurprisingly, "Parasite" was nominated for best picture, best international feature and best director, among its six nods.cnbc.com
Delta brings back same-sex scenes in Booksmart,' Rocketman' to flights
(CNN) - Delta Air Lines says in-flight versions of the films "Booksmart" and Elton John's biopic "Rocketman" will no longer skip same-sex love scenes. Delta staffers typically pick between original and edited versions of the films offered by the studios or third-party vendors. Delta chose to use the edited versions of "Booksmart" and "Rocketman," but the staffers didn't realize they would be omitting content "well within" the airline's guidelines," Delta said. The airline didn't edit or asked for any edits to the films, said Delta spokesman Adrian Gee. Gee said new versions of the films will be shown in future flights, but the exact date was not available yet.
Star Sightings: Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard Surprise Firefighters, Billie Eilish Supports Her Mom
As wildfires rage in California, Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard paid thanks to the first responders putting their lives on the line. Drew Barrymore brought her daughters, Olive and Frankie, to the Sloomoo Institute, a celebration of slime and its ASMR qualities, in New York City. -And Paula Abdul officially opened her new residency, Paula Abdul: Forever Your Girl, at the Flamingo Las Vegas on Oct. 24. Billie Eilish supported her mother, Maggie Baird's, performance at the Groundlings Theatres 45th Anniversary Show in L.A. on Oct. 21. Michael SimonEllie Goulding met up with TheChainsmokers at Vevo's 10-year anniversary party at Penn Plaza in New York City in mid-October.
Elton John Postpones Concert Due to Illness: 'I Absolutely Hate to Let My Fans Down'
Elton John has postponed his Indianapolis, Indiana, concert. I absolutely hate to let my fans down, but I owe it to you to put on the best #EltonFarewellTour show possible and unfortunately that's simply not possible." I absolutely hate to let my fans down, but I owe it to you to put on the best #EltonFarewellTour show possible and unfortunately that's simply not possible. Elton John (@eltonofficial) October 26, 2019The date will be rearranged for March 2020, and I promise I will deliver the show you deserve. Elton x Elton John (@eltonofficial) October 26, 2019The "Tiny Dancer" crooner kicked off his Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour on Sept. 8 2018.
Elton John Talks Performing With Taron Egerton, Says the 'Rocketman' Star Is Now '
Elton John and Taron Egerton gave fans a thrill during a recent Rocketman event. As for John, he's "so fond" of Egerton and considers him "part of my family." Matt Sayles / Invision for Black InkPhoto Credit: Matt Sayles / Invision for Black InkIt's been a busy year for John, who also released his his memoir, Me: Elton John, this week. I think success is hard to deal with and I think Michael found it hard and became isolated." Me: Elton John is now available in stores and online.
Elton John Bashes Disneys Remake of 'The Lion King': It's a 'Huge
Elton John is not happy about how his music was used in the new Lion King remake and he isn't keeping it to himself. "The new version of The Lion King was a huge disappointment to me, because I believe they messed the music up," John tells British GQ. Nonetheless, John explained in the new interview that he found the updated music lacking. I'm so happy that the right spirit for the music lives on with the 'Lion King' stage musical." RELATED CONTENT: Elton John Slams British Tabloids for 'Malicious' Treatment of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Embed Code RestartDonald Glover Says the One Scary Thing About 'The Lion King' Was Singing With BeyonceBeyonce's Mom Tina Knowles Lawson Talks Blue Ivy Singing on 'The Lion King: The Gift' (Exclusive)John Oliver Says Beyonce Wasn't Actually There for Epic 'Lion King' Cast Photo
11 juicy details from Elton John's new memoir
Executive producers Sir Elton John and David Furnish attend the "Rocketman" UK premiere on May 20, 2019, in London, England. (CNN) - If you saw "Rocketman," you know that Elton John overcame shyness and a nasty drug problem to become one of the biggest and most enduring pop stars in the world. Sir Elton has a candid new memoir, "Me," which is full of illuminating and funny stories about his half-century in show business. Stewart calls Elton "Sharon," while Elton calls him "Phyllis." "If I was bowled over by Diana, it was nothing compared to the impact she could have on straight men," John writes.
Elton John calls Disney's "Lion King" remake a "huge disappointment"
Elton John has seen Disney's remake of "The Lion King," and now he's calling the film a "huge disappointment." Over the summer, the new film surpassed "Frozen" as the highest-grossing animated film of all time, earning over $1.6 billion globally. "The new version of 'The Lion King' was a huge disappointment to me, because I believe they messed the music up," he recently told British GQ while promoting his new autobiography, "Me." Both the new "Lion King" soundtrack and Beyonc's "The Lion King: The Gift" struggled commercially. "I'm so happy that the right spirit for the music lives on with the 'Lion King' stage musical," John said.cbsnews.com
Elton John Praises Prince Harry and Meghan Markle for Suing UK Tabloids
Elton John is praising Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's decision to take legal action against British tabloids. There's a need for the press, but sometimes they step out of their bounds, and hacking phones is not acceptable," explains Elton, who attended and performed at Harry and Meghan's royal wedding in May 2018. "If your phone is hacked, you've got to take action because the press cannot do that," he continues. As ET previously reported, Harry and Meghan announced their decision to take legal action against Associated Newspapers on Oct. 1, revealing that it had been "months in the making." RELATED CONTENT:Why Thomas Markle Shared the Letter That Led to Prince Harry's LawsuitPrince Harry Sues Additional Media Outlets Over Alleged Voicemail Hacking
Elton John defends Ellen DeGeneres' friendship with George W. Bush
Elton John doesn't have an issue with Ellen DeGeneres being friends with former President George W. Bush. (CNN) - Elton John doesn't have an issue with Ellen DeGeneres being friends with former President George W. Bush. John said "George Bush has made a lot of mistakes. Ellen DeGeneres has made a lot of mistakes." "Except when it's heresy, and I don't think George Bush is that kind of guy."
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CrimeEl Chapo's son arrested then releasedChaotic scenes of violence paralyzed the streets of a Mexican city Thursday. A son of notorious drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman was briefly apprehended then later released. Before he was let go police clashed with heavily-armed members of the Sinaloa drug cartel. Officials say they arrested Ovidio Guzmn Lpez, who is among the most wanted men in Mexico, but the onslaught was so fierce security forces were forced to let Guzmn go. Errol Barnett reports.cbsnews.com
Elton John Says Queen Elizabeth 'Lightly Slapped' Her Nephew in Front of Him and Winked in
Longtime royals pal Elton John is telling all in his new memoir, Me, including a story about Queen Elizabeth II. In the book, the 72-year-old singer claims he witnessed Her Royal Highness smacking her nephew, Viscount Linley, at a party. John says the the Queen asked Linley to look in on his sister, Lady Sarah Armstrong-Jones, who was under the weather. According to the excerpt published by The Sunday Times, when he refused, John claims Queen Elizabeth "lightly slapped him across the face" and said, "Dont slap argue slap with slap me slap I slap am slap THE QUEEN!PA Images via Getty ImagesJohn claims that the queen then realized that he had seen the exchange and gave John a wink before walking away. Dave Thompson/AFP/GettyImagesIn addition to his tale about Queen Elizabeth opens up about his friendship with the late Princess Diana.
David Beckham Channels His Inner Elton John While Vacationing With the Singer and Family
David Beckham can really pull anything off! This week, David has been vacationing with wife Victoria Beckham, their kids, as well as the music legend and his partner, David Furnish. Later in the day, Victoria posted a sweet pic with her daughter, Harper, while out on the town. RELATED CONTENT:Eva Longoria Says Victoria Beckham and Ricky Martin Got the Drunkest at Her WeddingVictoria Beckham Shows Off Her Insane Abs: See the Sporty Pic! Victoria and David Beckham Celebrate Their 20th Wedding Anniversary: 7 Reasons Why They're Couple Goals
Kate Middleton Beams While Heading to Church With Queen Elizabeth II
Kate Middleton offered a big smile on the car ride to church alongside Queen Elizabeth II in Scotland on Sunday morning. The Duchess of Cambridge and her husband, Prince William, flew to the U.K's northernmost country three days prior to be with the family's matriarch. Kate chose a stylish navy double-breast herringbone coat for the outing, which she paired with a small black forward-leaning hat. According to a source, Kate and William, as well as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, are all visiting in Scotland at the queen's residence to mark the end of summer, however likely not at the same time. RELATED CONTENT:Prince William and Kate Middleton Fly Commercial After Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Private Jet DramaWhy Arianna Huffington Says Kate Middleton Repeating Outfits Is Important for Women (Exclusive)Gayle King Says Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Are 'Targets,' Defends Them Amid Private Jet Drama (Exclusive)
Gayle King Says Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Are 'Targets,' Defends Them Amid Private
Gayle King will always stand up for Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have received backlash for taking a private jet to Ibiza to celebrate her birthday at a lavish villa, as well as boarding another private plane to the south of France for a sun-soaked getaway. "Elton John offered to fly them on his private plane to his private home. I just think people think that they are easy targets." RELATED CONTENT:Prince William and Kate Middleton Fly Commercial After Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Private Jet DramaMeghan Markle Shares Inspiring Messages on Cupcakes After Celebs and Friends Stick Up for HerMeghan Markle's Best Friend Jessica Mulroney Calls Out 'Racist Bullies' in New Instagram Post
Prince William and Kate Middleton Fly Commercial After Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Private Jet
Prince William and Kate Middleton are traveling with their kids! Amid drama following Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's trips via private jet, William and Kate flew commercial with their children from Norwich, England, to Aberdeen, Scotland, on Thursday. William and Kate's commercial travel experience came after Harry and Meghan were criticized in the British tabloids for flying private on their recent vacations. "To support Prince Harrys commitment to the environment, we ensured their flight was carbon neutral, by making the appropriate contribution to Carbon Footprint." RELATED CONTENT:Meghan Markle's Best Friend Jessica Mulroney Calls Out 'Racist Bullies' in New Instagram PostPink Defends Meghan Markle Against a 'Public Form of Bullying'Ellen DeGeneres Defends 'Compassionate' Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
Meghan's friend calls out 'racist bullies' who abuse duchess
CNN image(CNN) - A friend of Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, has defended Prince Harry's wife in a post on Instagram, calling out the "racist bullies" who criticize her, following years of "undeserved hate and abuse." British and international media covered the story extensively, and the duchess' behavior is routinely criticized by British media outlets. Shame on you, you racist bullies," Jessica Mulroney, a well-known Canadian stylist, posted online. Although Mulroney didn't mention Meghan by name, she captioned the post "3 years of undeserved hate and abuse. Meghan has been the target of racist abuse since her relationship with Prince Harry was revealed by the media in 2016.
Did William and Kate Fly Budget Plane to Send a Message to Meghan and Harry?
Prince William and Kate Middleton were spotted Thursday morning getting off a budget flight to Scotland with their three little ones, George, Charlotte and Louis. The duchess best friend, Jessica Mulroney, is lashing out at all the attacks on Meghan, writing on Instagram Tuesday, shame on you, you racist bullies. Mulroneys defense comes in the same week John defended the royal couple and explained why he gave them his private jet for the trip to his villa. To maintain a high level of much-needed protection, we provided them with a private jet flight. The Royal Line of Succession: 59 Brits in Line for the ThroneHow Meghan Markle Is Dressed Up Her Baby Bump
Meghan Markle Shares Inspiring Messages on Cupcakes After Celebs and Friends Stick Up for Her
Meghan Markle is sharing messages of positivity on the Sussex Royal Instagram account. Like other members of the royal family, the couple is expected to visit the queens Balmoral home shortly as are William and Kate." "The queen typically has royal family members throughout the summer to keep her company during her summer holiday in Scotland," the source said. Hear more on the royal family in the video below. RELATED CONTENT:Meghan Markle Makes Surprise Appearance at Photo Shoot for Charity Capsule CollectionMeghan Markle's Best Friend Jessica Mulroney Calls Out 'Racist Bullies' in New Instagram PostPink Defends Meghan Markle Against a 'Public Form of Bullying'Ellen DeGeneres Defends 'Compassionate' Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
Pinks Defends Meghan Markle After the 'Most Public Form of Bullying' She's Seen in a
"I'm happy to see people coming to the defense of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex," Pink wrote. "The way people treat her is the most public form of bullying I have seen in a while. The way people treat her is the most public form of bullying I have seen in a while. "Portia and I met Prince Harry and Meghan in England to talk about their work on wildlife conservation," the 61-year-old talk show host wrote. RELATED CONTENT:Ellen DeGeneres Defends 'Compassionate' Prince Harry and Meghan MarkleElton John Defends Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Amid Vacation CriticismsMeghan Markle Made Secret Trip to Ibiza With Prince Harry and Archie
Ellen DeGeneres Defends 'Compassionate' Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
Ellen DeGeneres is speaking out in defense of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle following drama surrounding the royal couples family vacation. ET learned on Friday that the Duchess of Sussex celebrated her 38th birthday with Prince Harry and their 3-month-old son, Archie, in Ibiza, Spain, and several accounts of the vacation have become tabloid fodder in the U.K. DeGeneres took to social media on Monday to share how her time with the couple had shown them to be nothing but compassionate and down-to-earth people. Portia and I met Prince Harry and Meghan in England to talk about their work on wildlife conservation, the talk show host wrote. RELATED CONTENT:Elton John Defends Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Amid Vacation CriticismsMeghan Markle Made Secret Trip to Ibiza With Prince Harry and ArchieMeghan Markle and Prince Harry Share Touching Princess Diana Quote About Kindness
Why Elton John Paid for Meghan and Harry's Trip to France: Today on Inside Edition
Elton John is defending Meghan Markle and Prince Harry after they were called hypocrites for using his private jet. John had stern words for the media, saying he's "deeply distressed" over the coverage of the pair's trip to France. Why he said it was important for him to give the family a private holiday. When his family was attacked while camping, a brave dad fought off a wolf. For more Inside Edition stories, tune in to today's show.
Elton John 'Deeply Distressed' Over Criticism of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Using His
Elton John says he is "deeply distressed" over the criticism of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's use of his private jet. Prince Harrys mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, was one of my dearest friends. John famously reworked his hit "Candle in the Wind" and performed it at Diana's 1997 funeral. To support Prince Harry's commitment to the environment, we ensured their flight was carbon-neutral, by making the appropriate contribution to Carbon Footprint, the singer said. The Royal Line of Succession: 59 Brits in Line for the ThroneHow Meghan Markle Is Dressed Up Her Baby Bump
Harry and Meghan branded hypocrites for using private jets
The environmental footprint of a private jet is also much greater than that of a commercial plane. "Private jets are similar to commercial jets except they fly with less people, so therefore the footprint (per person) is much higher," Gilliam explained. "Private jets consume 10 times more per person than commercial jets," she said. To maintain a high level of much-needed protection, we provided them with a private jet flight," he posted on Twitter. "You expect them to travel private, but that clashes with their mission to help save the planet," Fitzwilliam told CNN.
Elton John celebrates 29 years of sobriety
Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty ImagesLONDON - Elton John already has a list of accomplishments to be proud of. The Grammy winner celebrated 29 years of being sober by looking back at a time he said he was a "broken man." "Thank you to all the selfless people who have helped me on my journey through sobriety," he said on Instagram. And according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, about 88,000 people die across the country from alcohol-related causes each year. In May, the film "Rocketman," which depicts John's rise to fame and stars British actor Taron Egerton, debuted at the US box office.
Elton John Celebrates Nearly 3 Decades of Sobriety: 'I Was a Broken Man'
Elton John marked an incredible achievement on Monday -- being sober for 29 years. "I finally summoned up the courage to say three words that would change my life: 'I need help'. While on hand, he discussed his struggle with addiction -- including an overdose just days before his historic performance at Dodger Stadium in 1975. "Two days before Dodger Stadium, I was having my stomach pumped," he recalled. "I wasn't gonna pass by the opportunity of playing that great stadium for two days...It was [the] highlight of my career to play Dodger Stadium, [are] you kidding me!
Billy Eichner Says Beyonce Was 'Nervous' to Meet Meghan Markle at 'Lion King'
Beyonce may have looked like the queen that she is while meeting Meghan Markle at the London premiere of the Lion King last week, but according to Billy Eichner, the singer was as "nervous" for the encounter as the rest of the film's cast. "Prince Harry and Meghan Markle came, and Beyonce was there, and Sir Elton John was there. Eichner confessed he "got really nervous" when it finally came time to meet Meghan and Harry, unsure of what to say (though he had also planned to talk to the duchess about both studying acting at Northwestern). Funny enough, a source told ET that Meghan was "nervous" to meet the GRAMMY winner. RELATED CONTENT:Meghan Markle Admits to Pharrell Williams 'They Don't Make It Easy'Beyonce Shares New Pics of Meeting Meghan Markle and Prince Harry at London 'Lion King' PremiereBlue Ivy Makes Cameo in Beyonce's 'Spirit' Music Video
DUCHESS TO MEET QUEEN BEYONCE?
Duchess, Meet Queen? But have Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle and Queen Bey ever met? magazine, Markle, who has made occasional appearances while on maternity leave, may be joining Prince Harry for the U.K. premiere of The Lion King on July 14 in London. Bey, who voices Nala is also expected to attend, as is friend to the royals and Lion King soundtrack co-composer Elton John. Well stay tuned to see if the two moms feel the love the night of The Lion King premiere.saobserver.com
Elton John slams Vladimir Putin as hypocritical in open letter
Executive producers Sir Elton John and David Furnish attend the "Rocketman" UK premiere on May 20, 2019, in London, England. (CNN) - Elton John is slamming President Vladimir Putin for his remarks on LGBT issues after the recent censorship of the singer's biopic in Russia. "I am not trying to insult anyone because we have been condemned for our alleged homophobia," Putin said in the interview published Thursday. "Let everyone be happy, we have no problem with what," Putin told the outlet. In his statement Friday, John applauded government policies that allow LGBT people to legally marry.
Celebs behaving badly at the mic
Singers Lily Allen and Elton John got into a verbal scuffle while co-hosting the GQ Men of the Year Awards in 2008. John accused the singer of drinking too much at the show, while Allen fired back several obscenities and stated, "I'm 40 years younger than you. I have my whole life ahead of me." Hide Caption