Newlyweds Sir Elton John and David Furnish grace the cover of British mag Attitude in a loving and sweet pose. The interview inside was done pre-wedding, but the two still have quite a bit to say about their relationship and the UKâ€™s new civil union laws in general.
Elton even allows David equal talk time:
David: If I think back to growing up in Toronto, I left the place nearly twenty years ago and that was largely because of my sexuality. There was a sense of shame and a sense of not being accepted attached to it for me back then. I had to live a double life. Walking around Toronto now, all these years later [heâ€™s currently shooting a film there], it stirs up so many emotions and anxieties that are just full of self-loathing for me. I remember at the time trying to come out to my family and my mother sitting at the table and bawling her eyes out and saying Iâ€™d never have a life or a future. There were no role models. There was no-one I could talk to or even point to and say, but hang on, this personâ€™s doing this and that personâ€™s doing that and theyâ€™re happy.
He’s right. Compared to the 00’s, there weren’t all that many gay role models in the mid-eighties. Hell, even the flamboyant gay icon Furnish is now with was married to, you guessed it, a chick.
Elton John & David Furnish [Attitude Magazine]