Sir Elton John says that being a performer “saved [his] life”

The 72-year-old music legend admits that he was “not mentally well” before he took to the stage for two iconic sold-out shows at the Los Angeles baseball venue Dodger Stadium in 1975, and while he took an overdose just a few days before performing, the lure of the shows made him carry on.

He said: “Two days before Dodger Stadium, I was having my stomach pumped. I took an overdose and there I was, two days later, at Dodger Stadium with Cary Grant and Billie Jean King having the time of my life.

“You can say that I’m resilient and that’s one thing. I’m resilient. 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. But I was not mentally well before that.

“Look at Judy Garland for example. She wasn’t well, but she came on and delivered. You have to. That’s what you do [when] you’re a performer and that’s what saved my life – being a performer.”

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Producer Adam Bohling, actor Taron Egerton, singer Elton John and producer David Furnish pose for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the film ‘Rocketman’ at the 72nd international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Thursday, May 16, 2019. (Photo by Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP)

 

Elton – who has previously suffered from drug and alcohol issues – insists he shouldn’t be alive today after what he has put himself through, and only believes that he is still here because he asked for help after 16 years when he felt “ashamed” of himself

Speaking to Entertainment Tonight at the Cannes Film Festival – where his biopic Rocketman was shown – he added: “My life has been a miracle. It’s been a series of serendipity and luck and good fortune and brave decisions, but sitting here in this room now, the movie is showing tonight, it is surreal.

“Because what I’ve tried to do to myself, I shouldn’t be sitting here and I’ve been very, very lucky in that.

“I suddenly realised that I had two choices: one was to die, one was to live.

“And it took me 16 years to ask for help. To say three words, ‘I need help’. Because I was so proud. I knew I had a problem and I was really unhappy with myself, so I was ashamed of myself.”

– Cannes, France -20190516-72nd Cannes Film Festival-Premiere of Rocket Man
-PICTURED: Elton John

 

Elton – who has kids Zachary, eight, and Elijah, six, with husband David Furnish – previously admitted that he lost his “own humanity” due to “an excess of drugs, alcoholism, and eating disorders”.

Speaking in 2017, he said: “My passion and commitment to music opened up imaginable doors and took me to new heights in life. But once I hit the pinnacle, happiness became elusive and darkness crept in. I lost my own humanity in an excess of drugs, alcoholism, and eating disorders. During my addictions in the 1980s the AIDS epidemic surfaced, and the government took no notice of it. I lost so many friends to AIDS and I didn’t put myself on the line because of the addictions I was going through. The drugs turned me into a monster.”

Author: BANG Showbiz