Elton John Talks Coming Out on “Today”
He’s definitely one of the most interesting icons in pop music, and Elton John paid a visit to the “Today” show this week to talk about his new book “Love is the Cure: On Life, Loss, and the end of AIDS,” as well as share some of his experiences as a gay man who didn’t know what it meant to come out.
The “Crocodile Rock” hitmaker discussed his confusion over the whole situation with Matt Lauer- “Nobody asked me [if I was gay],” he began.
"When Cliff Jahr asked me in Rolling Stone, 'I'm gonna ask you a question, but if you don't want to answer it, I'm gonna turn the tape recorder off.' And I said, 'You're gonna ask me if I'm gay or not.' And he said, 'How did you know that?' I said, 'I've been waitin' for people to ask me this. It's not exactly a secret. I live with my manager. I'm openly gay outside. I don't have a girlfriend. And nobody's ever actually out -- I just thought it was common knowledge.'"
On the topic of Ryan White, a boy who contracted AIDS through a blood transfusion and became good friends with Elton, he noted, "I just felt for him, this kid who was -- you know, just because he had the HIV virus, his family were being discriminated, he was forced to move to another town, bullets fired through their windows, firebombs through their letterbox. Wasn't allowed to go to school."
John also chatted about the late Princess Diana- "She wanted to do something desperately for the AIDS foundation. She was amazing, because she was the first person of the royal family or someone that famous to go out into an AIDS ward and touch people and hold them and hug them. And, you know, at a time when people, 'Ooh, don't touch them, you know, you might get AIDS.' She was fearless in that respect. And she was fearless in anything she did, whether it came to landmines or whether to AIDS. She was genuine and so 150 percent behind the cause."