But Elton John, 74, appeared to be in surprisingly good spirits, despite being the bearer of bad news, as he continued his holiday in Portofino with husband David Furnish, 58.
Stepping out on Saturday with his beau in the Italian village, the Rocketman hitmaker demanded attention in a hallucinogenic-style orange Gucci shirt, which featured blue, green-and-yellow floral prints.
Hitting the town: Sir Elton John, 74, (left) showcased his signature style in a vibrant Gucci shirt as he stepped out with his husband David Furnish, 58, (right) in Portofino on Saturday
Combining the number with a pair of white-and-black bordered navy shorts, which featured a population of Gucci’s unmistakable interlocking logo, Elton wore his sweeping ginger locks in a side parting.
Making sure everybody knew Elton was in town, the five-time Grammy winner sported his signature pink-tinted circular glasses and elevated his height with a pair of navy-and-white trainers, also from Gucci.
The Middlesex-born star, whose name is Reginald Dwight, wore a huge white-faced gold watch on his left wrist for the walk to his yacht.
Meanwhile, David also opted for a Gucci ensemble, donning a brown-and-cream polo shirt and accessorised his white trousers with a classic brown leather belt.
The Canadian filmmaker strolled alongside his superstar husband wearing a pair of cream trainers by the luxurious fashion house and clutched a heavy-duty brown leather handbag, which had a multi-coloured print on one side.
Bad news: Elton was recently forced to postpone a selection of dates from his Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour in Germany due to COVID-19
Unmissable: The Rocketman hitmaker demanded attention in a hallucinogenic-style orange Gucci shirt, which featured blue floral prints
Fashion forward: He combined the number with a pair of white-and-black bordered navy shorts, which featured Gucci’s unmistakable interlocking logo
Groomed: Elton wore his sweeping ginger locks in a side parting
He completed his look with a brown leather-strapped, gold faced watch, a pair of brown oversized aviator sunglasses and a straw panama hat.
David entered into a civil partnership with Sir Elton in December 2005, before tying the knot when same-sex marriages became legal in England and Wales in March 2014.
They welcomed their oldest son Zachary in 2010 via surrogacy and Elijah in 2013 via the same surrogate, who both joined their famous parents for the outing to their yacht at a nearby port.
Elton and David often spend the summer months in the South of France, thanks to owning their home, Castel Mont-Alban, which overlooks Nice on the French Riviera.
He bought the Belle Epoque villa surrounded by the green spaces of Mont Boron in the 1990s and locals have described it as the ‘Bel Air of Nice’ thanks to the concentration of multimillion-pound mansions in the area.
Looking good: Making sure he didn’t blend in, the five-time Grammy winner sported a pair of pink-tinted circular glasses
Exploring the village: Elton elevated his height with a pair of navy-and-white trainers, also from Gucci
‘Guccied’ up: David also opted for a Gucci ensemble, donning a brown-and-cream polo shirt and accessorised his white trousers with a classic brown leather belt
The property is just a 20-mile drive away from Cannes, where the annual film festival is held, and he is said to enjoy tending to his plants in the garden of the property, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Sir Elton has previously hosted the likes of David and Victoria Beckham, who he is good friends with, comedian David Walliams and actor couple Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka at his home, which was once dubbed his ‘Pink Villa’.
Built in the 1920s, the home was adapted by Sir Elton with designers Fred Dilger and Monique Gibson.
The pool now features Egyptian Deco statues of the four seasons, while his bedroom has an Andy Warhol panting, and the property features a tower room overlooking the Mediterranean.
Rest: Elton stopped to have a stretch and catch his breath before boarding the boat
Kind gesture: The Canadian filmmaker helped his superstar husband onto the yacht
Relaxed: David completed his look with a brown leather-strapped, gold faced watch, a pair of brown oversized aviator sunglasses and a straw panama hat
Sir Elton isn’t the only celebrity who has been known to frequent Nice.
The French city is considered a playground of the rich and is a favourite among stars including actress Dame Joan Collins, U2 frontman Bono, Microsoft founder Bill Gates, actor Sean Connery and singer Tina Turner.
Elton’s trip overseas comes after he was seen getting into the football spirit with his family during England’s successful stint at this summer’s Euros 2020 championship.
The England team made it all the way to the final – their first final in 55 years since winning the World Cup in 1966 and their first ever final in a European tournament.
Rooting for you: Sir Elton’s trip away comes after he was seen getting into the football spirit with his boys to cheer on the England team during this summer’s 2020 tournament