Elton John Celebrates ‘The Most Magical Day’ and 30 Years of Sobriety

Sir Elton John reflected this week on his recovery journey and said that if he hadn’t reached out for help 30 years ago, he would be dead by now. The entertainment industry is famously brutal, particularly for musicians. They work a lot of hours and late nights and when they start out, a lot of their performances are in venues that serve alcohol. The Rocket Man reached out to his fans on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram to celebrate and reflect on “the most magical day,” calling it his 30th Sobriety Birthday. People from all over the world have sent Elton cards, chips, flowers, a cake, and more.

Close to home, the singer celebrated his sobriety with those he loves the most: his husband David Furnish, his sons Elijah (7) and Zachary (9), friends in the Program, and staff at the family’s offices and homes. He notes that he’s “truly a blessed man.” In recent years, Elton has been very candid about his struggles with addiction early in his career. In his 2019 memoir, “Me,” and in the award-winning musical biopic about his life, “Rocketman,” the decorated singer detailed the years of addiction that included both drug and alcohol binges that would often last for days. He elaborated in an interview with Variety last year.

He said that the life he was living wasn’t a normal life. He cited “flying on the Starship” (his private plane), living in huge beautiful homes, buying things everywhere he turned, and said that it wasn’t the life he came from. He regrets that for many years, he lost touch with who he was and he vowed that when he got his life turned around, that would never happen again. Interestingly, it was a little boy who motivated Elton to get sober.

Reflecting on the most magical day having celebrated my 30th Sobriety Birthday. So many lovely cards, flowers and chips…

Posted by Elton John on Wednesday, July 29, 2020

At the beginning of the AIDs crisis in the late 1980s and into 1990, a young boy named Ryan White became the voice of AIDs and it was Ryan who showed the world that this wasn’t a “gay person disease.”

Ryan contracted AIDs because of blood transfusions when he was ill as a child. Elton said that becoming friends with Ryan, who died in 1990 at the age of 18, motivated him to do better. After Ryan died, Elton knew he had two choices, he said. “I was either going to die or I was going to live, and which one did I want to do? And then I said those words, ‘I’ll get help,’ or ‘I need help. I’ll get help.’ And my life turned around.” Elton got sober that same year and we’re so happy he did. He’ll resume his “Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour” in 2021.