Elton John marked his 30th year of sobriety and had offered pair of messages and photos on Twitter:
“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,” he wrote.
John also shared photos of a cake formed like a number 30, a 30-year rehabilitation chip, and a table stuffed with cards from friends and family. The latter photo was followed by the caption: “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.”
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. pic.twitter.com/Oxkp0uwpbb
— Elton John (@eltonofficial) July 30, 2020
John has been public about his conflicts with drug and alcohol abuse — as well as the unbelievable value of becoming sober — since he started in 1990. The 2019 biopic, Rocketman, really showcased John’s addiction, and in a 2013 “My Life in 20 Songs” highlight for Rolling Stone, the musician openly addressed the connections between some of his biggest songs and his drug and alcohol abuse.
For example, while addressing 1988’s Reg Strikes Back and “I Don’t Wanna Go on With You Like That,” John explained that time as him “headed for the abyss,” and noted: “When I’m in the studio, I’m paying full attention, but on that album, I was out of control.” Of making 1992’s The One, his first album after becoming sober, he revealed, “I was used to making records under the haze of alcohol or drugs, and here I was, 100% sober, so it was tough. But I managed to come up with a good song, which was the title of the record. ‘The North’ I love a lot; that’s my favorite song without question. Then, of course, afterward, The Lion King came along and all hell broke loose.”
In 1992 she released ‘The One’ and a year later she met Canadian filmmaker David Furnish, her husband and also the father of their two children, Zachary and Elijah. In 1994 he won the Oscar for the song ‘The Lion King’ … And so to this day, he continues his fruitful career.