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Sir Elton John has his life in the public eye for nearly all his adult life.
And now the bumpy road to superstardom is played on the big screen in the new film “Rocketman,” which debuted at the Cannes Film Festival in France last week.
The Grammy-winner was heavily involved in the project together with actor Taron Egerton, who plays the role of the singer in the movie, and wanted the grittier scenes are included in her.
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It was important to the 72-year-old that his real-life problems with drugs addiction, eating disorder, mental illness and his sexuality will be explored.
“This is how my life was, and I didn’t want to cover it and gloss it over,” he told The Daily Telegraph.
“And it is hard to watch, because I thought: ‘God, I don’t want to go back. Thank God I came from,” he added.
Although the Oscar-winner admitted that, even though he has a huge fame came at a price: “the Success was amazing and then I couldn’t handle it. And you can’t get away from the bad.”
In 2010, during an interview with Piers Morgan, Johm spoke candidly about his problems with bulimia and drugs. “I had an epileptic attack, and blue, and the people found me on the ground and put me to bed. Then 40 minutes later I would be snorting a line [of cocaine], ” he confessed.
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“This is how cold it was, I would stay, I would smoke joints, I’d drink a bottle of Johnnie Walker and then I would continue for three days.”
He told me about the eating disorder: “I would binge and have three bacon sandwiches, a pot of ice cream and then I would throw on because I was bulimic. And then go and do the whole thing again. That is how tragic my life was.”