Together as a couple since 1993, Elton John and David Furnish‘s relationship’s seemingly riding strong as the couple has two children and an LA life that many only dream of living. With a story-booked music career that dates back to the 60s, all of Elton’s trappings of success were well-earned. However, Furnish’s career is nothing to balk at either as he’s built himself a more than reputable track record as a filmmaker and producer.
Lately, Elton’s made the waves by speaking his mind on various music artist, most recently ripping Janet Jackson for lip-syncing, amongst other targets such as Billy Joel, Madonna and Keith Richards. Nonetheless, he and Furnish continue to maintain a seemingly healthy family life outside of the limelight.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Elton Defended Furnish Amid Allegations He Was Meddling Too Much In His Business Affairs
John, 68, hit back at allegations that Furnish, 53, was a “control freak” and taking the driver’s seat on his business affairs.
On February 7, Elton spoke to The Guardian and cleared up the rumors pertaining to Furnish, who he calls his “Yoko.”
“My businesses have been badly run for the last five or six years, he’s [Furnish] come in, had a look at what’s going on, pruned a few people away, made it a leaner, meaner machine. We’ve made some changes and some of them haven’t been very popular, because people don’t like being gotten rid of, which is quite right. On a human level, I understand that people are hurt; on the other hand, they needed to go.”
2. They Married in 2005 After 12 Years Together
After nine years of being in a civil partnership, John and Furnish tied the knot in “an intimate ceremony” on December 21, 2014, according to People. In front of friends, family and several celebrities, the couple exchanged vows during a morning holy union, as seen in the photo below.
Elton and Furnish sported matching black suits and Elton donned a pair of shades. Same-sex marriage in England was legalized in March 2014. Elton and Furnish put up the top Instagram photo, showing themselves signing the necessary documentation to make it official.
Prior to their nuptials, the musician posted the wedding invites — seen in the photo below — on Instagram.
3. They Have Two Children From a Surrogate Mother
On December 29, 2010, the news of Elton and Furnish’s involvement in Elton’s son Zachary’s birth. The Center For Surrogate Parenting in Encino make the couple’s — who wasn’t yet married at the time — wish a living, breathing reality.
The Program administrator, Joanne Bubrick, confirmed the news regarding their first child.
“I can confirm that Elton John and David Furnish worked with the Centre for Surrogate Parenting and it was a lovely, beautiful surrogacy journey for all parties involved.”
On January 11, 2013 John and Furnish’s second son, Elijah, was born, weighing 8 lbs 4 oz. It’s unknown whether the same California-based surrogate mother gave birth to him. It’s also unclear whether Elton or Furnish are either child’s biological father.
4. Elton Boycotted Dolce & Gabbana After Dolce Incorrectly Referenced Surrogate Children as ‘Synthetic’
On March 16, 2015, it was reported that Elton would be boycotting well-known Italian fashion designer Dolce & Gabbana for their demeaning comments about same-sex families and artificially insemination-conceived children.
Dominic Domenico Dolce, the company’s original founder, told the Italy-based Panorama magazine the following:
“You are born and you have a father and a mother. Or at least it should be so, why do not convince me the children of chemistry, synthetic children, wombs for rent, seeds selected from a catalog.”
Elton publicly fought back on his Instagram — pictured above — with the following comments:
“How dare you refer to my beautiful children as ‘synthetic’? And shame on you for wagging your judgmental little fingers at IVF – a miracle that has allowed legions of loving people, both straight and gay, to fulfill their dream of having children. Your archaic thinking is out of step with the times, just like your fashions. I shall never wear Dolce and Gabbana ever again. #BoycottDolceGabbana.”
5. They Have a Net Worth of 103.5 Million
According to Forbes, Elton John has an estimated net worth of $53.5 million. During the business site’s scoring period, he played in 94 shows and was also the voice for theatrical productions such as The Lion King. Meanwhile, Furnish earns an incredibly hefty sum himself at an estimated $50 million, reported Celebrity Net Worth. Filmmaking and producing aside, Furnish earns money as a columnist for GQ, contributing editor for Tatler magazine and as a columnist for Interview magazine.