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Two Russian TV presenters have confessed that they pretended to be the Russian president and his press secretary while speaking to Sir Elton about LGBT rights in the country.
Sir Elton John is insistent that he’s “happy” to have been the subject of a prank phone call from a pair of Russian TV presenters pretending to be Vladimir Putin, saying that the “unfortunate” incident may end up highlighting gay discrimination.
Earlier this week, TV presenters Vladimir Krasnov and Alexei Stolyarov, who are known by the nicknames ‘Vova and Lexus’ in Russia, rang up Sir Elton, who is vocal in his support for the LGBT community, and apparently led him to believe that he was talking to the Russian president and his press secretary Dmitry Peskov. A brief clip of the conversation was also released, in which Sir Elton is heard to say that a meeting with Putin in November would be “fantastic”.
The pair have stated to Russian entertainment website MSK that the full 11-minute conversation will be aired tonight (September 17th) via the state-backed channel on which they present. They seem to have gotten the inspiration for the prank after Sir Elton told the BBC over the weekend that he wanted to sit down and discuss the issue of gay rights with the Russian President, having attended a conference in Ukraine.
Sir Elton criticised Luigi Brugnaro's decision to remove books featuring same sex relationships from primary schools.
Sir Elton John has taken to social media to brand the mayor of Venice as “boorishly bigoted” after the official’s decision to ban books about homosexuality from the city’s primary schools.
The multi-million selling musical veteran, 68, married his long-term partner David Furnish in December 2014, and used his Instagram page to criticise newly appointed right-wing Venetian mayor Luigi Brugnaro for the decision he took in June that all primary schools and nurseries would not be allowed to make books featuring same-sex couples and themes to pupils.
Sir Elton John and David Furnish
The singer believes that being able to change his parents' lives makes it all worth it.
He may be one of the biggest pop stars of the moment, but it's not the money, or the awards, or even the screaming fans that make the climb to the top worth all the hard work. Rather, Ed Sheeran says the biggest reward of fame is his ability to change his parents' lives for the better.
Ed Sheeran, family man
The 'Thinking Out Loud' singer told The Mirror that the highlight of his career so far is "being able to really pay my parents – not just financially – but being able to give them the things they wouldn't have ever dreamed of...
Continue reading: Ed Sheeran Says Treating His Parents Is Best Thing About Fame
Lady Gaga will be honoured by the Songwriters Hall of Fame when she receives their Contemporary Icon Award in a ceremony on 19th June.
Lady GaGa's status as an iconic singer has been confirmed by the Songwriters Hall of Fame. The Hall will present Gaga with the Contemporary Icon Award which is presented to a singer "who has attained an iconic status in pop culture".
Lady Gaga will receive the Contemporary Icon Award.
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A pair of the singer's heart-shaped glasses have been stolen from a US museum
A pair of Elton John’s glasses have done what the singer once asked people not to do: they have gone and broke his heart.
A pair of Elton's sunglasses, worth thousands of dollars, have been stolen
The Don’t Go Breaking My Heart singing legend has had a pair of heart-shaped sunglasses stolen from the Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum in Memphis, Tennessee.
Continue reading: A Pair Of Elton John's Sunglasses Have Been Stolen
The singer’s mother Sheila Farebrother hired an Elton impersonator to entertain her guests at her 90th birthday.
Sheila Farebrother, the 90 year old mother of singer Elton John, has revealed the reason why she and her superstar son have not spoken in seven years. Speaking to the Daily Mail, Mrs Farebrother blamed the singer’s husband David Furnish for straining the mother-son relationship, but said the final straw came when she wouldn't give up two of her oldest friends.
Elton John has allegedly not spoken to his mother in seven years
Mrs Farebrother said the end of her relationship with Elton came over a ‘petty’ reason which sparked a a catastrophic argument between the pair. “It's seven years now in June”, Sheila told the newspaper. “But you know, I've got used to it. And it was all so stupid — so petty.”
Elton John and Mumford And Sons are leading the line-up.
Outside Lands organisers have finally unveiled the spectacular 2015 line-up for their eighth year, featuring headliners Elton John and Mumford And Sons. The event is set to bring its usual combination of music and munchies to San Francisco this August.
Joining Elton and Mumford are a range of equally exciting acts, both of the veteran and the up-and-coming variety. Man of the moment Sam Smith - whose already bagged a total of six awards this year, including four Grammys - will bring his pop genius to the stage, alongside The Black Keys who released their first chart-topping album last year, and Kendrick Lamar whose highly anticipated third album 'To Pimp A Butterfly' sailed to number one in both the US and the UK last week.
Elton John had called for a boycott of the Italian designers after they made controversial comments regarding IVF during a magazine interview.
Actress Zoe Saldana has weighed in on the Dolce And Gabbana boycott debate, saying she wont let the designers' comments on IVF affect her fashion choices. Saldana made the comments to E! News during the GLAAD Media Awards, which were held in Los Angeles on Saturday.
Zoe Saldana at the GLAAD Media Awards
When asked if she would be joining the boycott led by Elton John Saldana said, "No! Not at all, that would be the stupidest thing if it affected my fashion choice. People are allowed to their own opinion, however, I wouldn't have chosen to be so public about something that's such a personal thing.”
Madonna has weighed in on the Dolce and Gabbana IVF controversy. Which other celebrities have offered their views?
Madonna has offered her opinion on the Dolce And Gabbana controversy and firmly supports Elton John's views. The controversy stems from a comment made by designer Domenico Dolce in an interview in an Italian magazine, Panorama. In the interview, Dolce described children born by IVF as "synthetic babies". The March issue of the magazine was released on 12th March but the backlash against the duo continues with many celebrities and LGBT groups calling for a boycott of the label and protesters picketing D&G stores.
Madonna at the 57th Grammy Awards in Los Angeles in February 2015.
After a director of the fashion house resigned earlier this week, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana sought to clear the air over the controversial IVF comments.
Italian fashion designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana have sought to defuse the uproar over their comments about children born through IVF by saying they respect how all people choose to live their lives.
Comments made by Dolce in the Italian magazine Panorama last week, describing IVF babies as “chemistry children” and “synthetic children”, exploded in a celebrity feud on social media over the weekend, resulting in a boycott of the fashion house’s products led by Sir Elton John.
Dolce & Gabbana defended and clarified their comments to CNN
Continue reading: Dolce And Gabbana Clarify Controversial IVF Comments
The designers spoke out to clarify that statement.
So Dolce and Gabbanna (the designers, not the company) have made some eyebrow-raising statements recently and received some backlash – from Elton John, of all people.
Elton John almost got an apology out of Dolce and Gabbana. Almost.
The Italian design duo, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, whose romantic union lasted 23 years until 2005, told Italy's Panorama magazine: "We oppose gay adoptions. The only family is the traditional one."
Continue reading: Dolce And Gabbana Respond To Elton John's Instagram Blast
The singer has called for a boycott of the designers over comments they made regarding same-sex parents.
Singer Elton John has called for a boycott of fashion designers Dolce & Gabbana after they referred to babies born through IVF as “synthetic” in a recent interview with Italian magazine 'Panorama'.
Elton is boycotting Dolce & Gabbana
‘How dare you refer to my beautiful children as “synthetic”,’ the 67 year old wrote on Instagram. ‘And shame on you for wagging your judgemental little fingers at IVF - a miracle that has allowed legions of loving people, both straight and gay, to fulfil their dream of having children.’
People across the world got together with friends on 22nd February to watch the Academy Awards - and for Sir Elton John, those friends happened to be some of the biggest names in entertainment!
Since 1992, EJAF (Elton John AIDS Foundation) has raised over 321 million USD to help combat AIDS/HIV. One of the biggest events on EJAF's calendar is that of the Academy Awards Ceremony - for the last 23 years, Sir Elton John has hosted a special Academy Awards viewing party, in which celebrities from all areas of the entertainment industry come together to watch the Oscars, whilst raising money for the foundation. This year was no exception.
Sir Elton John poses with Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne (Credit Jamie McCarthy - Getty Images)
Of course, as with any Oscar party, members of the Hollywood elite were in attendance, like Alec and Hilaria Baldwin. But also, tremendous musical talent flocked to West Hollywood Park in Los Angeles. In addition to Sir Elton John, Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne were there to pose for pictures, as were Miley Cyrus, LIL' KIM and Kylie Minogue. Moby and Beck also stopped by to help raise awareness for the fight against HIV/AIDS.
It's fair to say that Vincent Furnier made musical history when he became Alice Cooper; an androgynous shock rocker who spent his teenage years pursuing a career in rock, and certainly not following in his preacher father's footsteps. From his inception, Alice Cooper went against the grain of what is accepted in modern music with over-the-top, gore-filled live shows which at one point saw a chicken get unwittingly murdered by his audience. However, the fun soon got out of hand when Alice Cooper and his band got fully submerged in the rock 'n' roll world of alcohol and drug abuse. Setting up the drinking club The Hollywood Vampires, Alice Cooper would be hospitalised more than once for his substance abuse issues, getting so obsessed with that world that he would not even be able to remember large chunks of his recording career.
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Nashville and Brooklyn hosted their own parties for this year's Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve.
Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve 2015 - co-presented once again by Ryan Seacrest - aired with performances spanning a handful of venues - not just the usual Hollywood and Times Square, New York concerts.
Lady Antebellum rocked out the Nashville NYE party
Over in Nashville was the Bash on Broadway New Year's Eve party which saw a record number of concert-goers at the event - approximately 130,000. It's unsurprising given some of the stellar acts that were lined up to enter 2015 in style, among them being country legends Lady Antebellum and Gavin Degraw, the latter of whom unveiled his debut compilation album last year entitled 'Finest Hour: The Best of Gavin DeGraw'.
The BBC has brought together the biggest names in music to tackle the Beach Boy’s classic.
Last night, (October 7th) the BBC gave us a special treat, premiering the video for ‘God Only Knows’, their star studded cover of the Beach Boys’ timeless classic. Featuring over 30 stars from music and the BBC, the video has been causing us to pause and rewind all day as we clock another famous face. So who all did we catch in the 'God Only Knows’ video?
The Beach Boys' classic has been covered for Children in Need
First a little background, the cover was put together to promote the launch of BBC Music, described by the corporation as “an ambitious wave of new programmes, innovative partnerships and ground-breaking music initiatives that amount to the BBC’s strongest commitment to music in 30 years.”
Continue reading: So Have You Spotted All The Stars In The BBC’s ‘God Only Knows’ Video?
A kiss with Liz Hurley has sold for $81,000 at Elton John's charity auction.
How much would you fork out to lock lips with your celebrity crush? Well, in the case of Liz Hurley, one punter paid $81,000 (£50,000) for the privelege. The honour was auctioned off as a prize at Elton John's annual Woodside End of Summer party.
Hurley on her way to Elton John's party
An auction was held to benefit the Elton John AIDS Foundation and banker Julian Bharti was the lucky winner who got to smooch the 49-year-old English actress, known for her roles in films such as Bedazzled and Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery. Hurley split from fiance and former Australia cricketer Shane Warne in November 2013, and is now connected to photographer David Yarrow.
Continue reading: Kiss With Liz Hurley Fetches $81,000 At Elton John's Charity Auction
Spokesman says singer 'wont be favouring any political party.'
Sir Elton John will not be favouring any political party in the UK election - despite claims from Nigel Farage that the singer may support his party, Ukip. The politician told an internet radio station that he was due to make a ‘big announcement’ after attending a dinner party at the legendary singer/songwriter’s home earlier this summer.
Sir Elton John 'will not be favouring any political party,' according to spokesman
According to The Guardian, however, a spokesperson for Sir Elton, was quick to deny the claims, adding that the 67-year-old singer is not associated with either Farage or UKIP. The spokesperson, Gary Farrow said: “Elton will not be favouring any political party.”
The 67 year-old singer spoke candidly about the state of the LGBT community in society today, and revealed when he will tie the knot with longtime partner David Furnish.
Elton John believes anyone who opposed gay marriage due to their religious beliefs are wrong.
The British icon recently sat down with Sky News and discussed the progress society has made for protecting gays against discrimination and hate, but he also offered a rather controversial thought.
Elton believes that if Jesus was alive today, he would support same-sex marriages.
Continue reading: Elton John Believes Jesus Would Not Oppose Gay Marriage In 2014
Fans, who lined up 12 hours earlier, definitely got their time's worth in Elton John's set.
Bonnaroo festival ended on a high note yesterday, with Elton John as the final performer – but not before fans had been queuing up for over 12 hours to see the Brit perform. But even before he took the stage for his first ever American festival performance, there was plenty to see and hear in the supporting acts.
Bonnaroo was the Brit's first festival appearance.
One of the most anticipated gigs at Bonnaroo was the Arctic Monkeys’ set. Late in the swealtering afternoon, they opened with their festival sing-along Do I Wanna Know?, which funnily enough echoed Sam Smith’s cover on Friday night. The festival crowd was loving it though, with one woman reportedly taking to mattress-surfing during their set.
Date of birth
25th March, 1947
The official Elton John Twitter account has changed name to @eltonofficial - please join us there!
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