|They put us on a big red bus
Monday, July 9 2012
Elton has revealed one of the benefits of reaching the grand old age of 65 – he now has a bus pass.
However, the pensioner prince of pop, famed for his extravagance, confesses he has yet to board public transport with it. “I did get a bus pass from a friend of mine,” he admitted in an interview, adding: “I haven’t used it yet. I wouldn’t know how to get on a bus. In the old days you paid and got a ticket. No way could I do it now as I wouldn’t know what to do.”
Elton, a millionaire many times over, went on to have a tongue-in-cheek dig at ever richer, even older, pop rival Sir Paul McCartney who has just turned 70 and has a reputation for watching the pennies. “At my age of 65 I am doing a lot more myself but it doesn’t mean I have to get on a bus,” said Elton. “I am not Paul McCartney.” Technophobe Elton also has a dig at younger rivals who keep in touch with fans by using socialmedia. “I have never had a phone. I do not tweet,” he said.
“I mean ‘Get a life’. I don’t spend my days tweeting or blogging. I think it is ridiculous. That is why I have a career. I e-mail things, but as far as texting or tweeting, no.” Elton went on to reveal his pleasure in being a father and his ambition for his 18-month-old son Zachary, born to an anonymous surrogate mother on Christmas Day, 2010. The singer, who once owned Watford Football Club, reckons the toddler could be a future England footballer. “He loves playing football and loves watching it,” he said. “Anything to do with a ball he watches.”
Elton’s dig at McCartney reflects a commonly held view of the superstar as careful with his money. He raised eyebrows when he threw a party where guests had to pay for their drinks. On another occasion, Sir Paul was said to have presented a workman with a gift of a single bottle of beer brewed on his East Sussex estate. The former Beatle’s wealth is around £665 million. Elton spends lavishly. He was once revealed to have got through £40 million in 20 months. Among the bills was one for £293,000 from his florists. “I like flowers,” he said at the time. He is said to be worth around £195 million.
Despite reaching 65, Elton has no plans to slow down. His new album, The Diving Board, is out this autumn and he is currently touring Europe. He and partner David Furnish divide their time between the US and their home near Windsor, Berkshire.
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