Elton John reveals husband David Furnish has battled alcoholism

Danny Thompson
Contributor
Sir Elton John and David Furnish attend the first “Midsummer Party” hosted by Elton John and David Furnish to raise funds for the Elton John Aids Foundation on July 24, 2019 in Antibes, France. (Photo by Daniele Venturelli/Daniele Venturelli/Getty Images )

Sir Elton John has revealed husband David Furnish has battled booze addiction after checking into checking into rehab in 2014.

Writing in his upcoming memoir, entitled Me: Elton John the Rocketman star puts his husband’s struggles down to getting to grips with fame and long bouts of loneliness while home alone during tours.

The singer writes: "I always thought David had slipped into Elton John World with remarkable ease and confidence, but it turned out that a lot of things I was completely used to living with, that I just saw as a fact of life, made him completely anxious.

"He didn’t like being photographed all the time, or being under press scrutiny, or public speaking at my AIDS Foundation events.”

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In the book, Elton describes how he realised Furnish was drinking too much when he began finding empty bottles all around the numerous houses they lived in together. He also writes he to have once found him unconscious, slumped over his computer.

The music icon goes on to write: "It all came to a head in Los Angeles in 2014, two days before I was due to start a US tour

"David was feeling low and wanted me to stay the extra night with him. I said no. We had a huge row, I went anyway.

Couple Sir Elton John and David Furnish in suits and ties at celebrity society party in Chelsea (Photo by Tim Graham/Sygma/Corbis via Getty Images)

"The next morning, David called and we had a row that made the previous day’s row look like a light-hearted disagreement over what to have for lunch.

"The kind of argument where you come off the phone teary and reeling, where things are said that make you wonder whether the next time you communicate it’ll be through lawyers.

"In fact, the next time I heard from David, he had checked himself into a rehab clinic in Malibu. I was pleased he was getting treatment."

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Eltons adds he attended Alcoholics Anonymous meetings with Furnish after he finished his treatment to offer support.

The pair began dating in 1993, and entered into a civil partnership in 2005 before marrying in 2014. They have two sons together.