Sir Elton John Celebrates 30 Years Of Sobriety Today

Sir Elton John is celebrating 30 years of sobriety.

The music legend gave up drink and drugs three decades ago and said he would be dead if he hadn’t taken the first step of asking for help.

Sir Elton John is celebrating 30 years sober. Credit: PA
Sir Elton John is celebrating 30 years sober. Credit: PA

Posting on social media, the 73-year-old thanked all of those who had helped him to reach this ‘magical day’.

He said: “Reflecting on the most magical day having celebrated my 30th Sobriety Birthday. So many lovely cards, flowers and chips from my sons, David, friends in the Program, staff at the office and in our homes.

“I’m truly a blessed man. If I hadn’t finally taken the big step of asking for help 30 years ago, I’d be dead. Thank you from the bottom of my heart to all the people who have inspired and supported me along the way.”

In an article written for The Guardian last year, the ‘Rocketman’ singer said cocaine in particular sent him ‘off the rails’ in the 70s.

He wrote: “In a way, it’s a miracle I didn’t go off the rails before I did. It took three or four years – and my discovery of cocaine – before things started getting out of hand, maybe because I was working so hard that I didn’t have too much time to think about it. I was always on tour or making a new album. Of course, when I did go off the rails, that happened like a missile as well.

“It’s strange, I don’t find it painful to watch those parts of the film. They’re truthful and, unlike my childhood, it was my own fault. No one forced me to do drugs and drink. In fact, more than a few people tried to warn me I was out of control. It took a fairly Herculean effort to get yourself noticed for taking too much cocaine in the music industry of 1970s LA, but I was clearly prepared to put the hours in.”

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