Elton John Opens Up About Being Self-Absorbed During AIDS Outbreak
Elton John might be considered a generous man with a big heart these days, but in the early 1980s, he was anything but caring and loving. At least thatís the beloved singerís take on himself. In a lengthy interview with Todayís Matt Lauer, airing this week on NBC, John speaks candidly and openly about spending the early years of the AIDS epidemic absorbed in his own world of addiction and selfishness. He says many of his friends ďright, left and centerĒ tragically died while he couldnít be bothered to put down the bottle.
"I was consumed by cocaine, booze, and who knows what else. I apparently never got the memo that the me generation had ended."
It was a long process for the ďTiny DancerĒ singer to eventually come to terms with what was happening/ still is happening, but now that he has a better sense of himself, heís doing everything he can to be there for those he loves as well as raise awareness and research funds for AIDS. His new memoir, Love Is The Cure: On Life, Loss And The End Of AIDS, will donate all its profits to Johnís AIDS Foundation, and by writing without a filter, heís hoping many will choose to read the book.
In addition to his period of addiction, John also covers his decision to come out and the lack of effect it had on his career. For a short window, fans burned his records and some deejays boycotted his music, but compared to what other artists went through, he doesnít think thereís any reason to complain. Besides, itís not like people arenít back on board now. His Million Dollar Piano show in Las Vegas is currently wowing fans who have been traveling from around the world, and with any luck, that positive response will continue.
You can check out the second half of Johnís touching interview this morning on Today.