Elton John has been revered as a gay icon for decades, but before he got together with his husband David Furnish, he was married to a woman named Renate Blauel. John and Blauel were married for four years before they split up in 1988. Independent confirmed that John and Blauel met in 1983, “becoming close friends” before they eventually got married in Australia on Valentine’s Day in 1984. This is not exactly “news” to his longtime fans, but he’s opened up more about their relationship recently, particularly in his 2019 memoir Me.
Their marriage was also a plotline in the 2019 biographical film Rocketman. In July 2020, Independent shared that Blauel claimed John violated the terms of their divorce and she is demanding £3m, which Page Six reported is about $3.8 million. The singer agreed to remove some anecdotes from his book prior to publishing, but nevertheless, Blauel claimed the book triggered her mental health struggles. Blauel’s attorney told Page Six, “Renate is particularly upset by the film,” explaining, “In her mind, the film seeks to portray their marriage as a sham, which she wholeheartedly disputes and considers a false and disrespectful portrayal of their time together.”
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