Sir Elton John’s husband David Furnish has revealed that the star has lost weight after embarking on a new fitness and diet regime during lockdown.
Making an appearance on Friday’s instalment of Good Morning Britain, David, 58, told Richard Arnold that his 73-year-old husband has been keeping active.
Speaking of their time together at home with their two sons Zachary, 10, and Elijah, eight: ‘We’ve had the most amazing year doing stuff together, watching lots and lots of movies, lots and lots of television.
Fitness: Sir Elton John’s husband David Furnish has revealed that the star has lost weight after embarking on a new fitness and diet regime during lockdown. Pictured right with Elton in 2019
‘Elton is continuing to just devour new music, he listens to everything new that comes out all the time. And he’s embarked on a fitness regime and a diet, he’s been losing weight, he’s been looking after himself really, really well.
‘We’ve been really busy, happy and fulfilled and also, more important than anything, spending more time together as a family and loving it.
‘We work together at home, we produce his radio show, we get on really well, we just enjoy each other’s company and we’re happy as a family. I want my kids to go back to school…’
Back in 2002, Elton opened up about his weight struggles in an interview with People, as he revealed how he keeps himself in shape.
Active: Making an appearance on Friday’s instalment of Good Morning Britain, David, 58, told Richard Arnold that his 73-year-old husband has been keeping active
He told the publication: ‘I put on weight very easily. I play tennis maybe four or five times a week, and I take a tennis pro on the road because I get bored in a gym and I don’t like the treadmill very much—but I’ll do it under pressure.’
During his interview with GMB, Canadian filmmaker David was also asked if his and Elton’s children have experienced any negativity for having two dads.
He responded: ‘We’ve been very fortunate within their school and within their community everybody’s been really warm, really welcoming to us, treated us the same as any other family, so they’ve not witnessed any of that.
‘When I was talking about Rocketman when certain scenes were cut when it was screened in Russia, which was really upsetting, my older son was like, “Why would they cut the film Papa, I don’t understand?”
Self care: Speaking of his husband, David said, ‘He’s embarked on a fitness regime and a diet, he’s been losing weight, he’s been looking after himself really, really well’
ITV show: He appeared on GMB, which was hosted by Alex Beresford and Charlotte Hawkins
‘I said, “Some parts of the world they don’t believe it’s right for two men to be in a relationship and be in love,” and his immediate response was, “Well they’re wrong aren’t they? They’re completely wrong.”‘
Noting Elton’s recent COVID-19 vaccine, which he has helped to promote to the public, David said: ‘It’s a big load off my mind, obviously.’
Elsewhere, David also discussed hit Channel 4 miniseries It’s A Sin, which follows a group of friends living through the HIV/AIDS crisis of the 1980s and early ’90s.
David, who appeared in the spin-off After Hours, said: ‘The series came out during national testing week and we got a record number of requests this year for people wanting HIV tests, which is brilliant.
‘Take the medication you live a full healthy life and you don’t pass the virus on to someone else. All you have to do is know your status.’
Struggles: Back in 2002, Elton opened up about his weight struggles in an interview with People, as he revealed how he keeps himself in shape
Earlier this month, Elton gave a rare insight into his family life amid the nationwide novel coronavirus lockdown.
During an interview on ITV News, the music icon admitted homeschooling is ‘hard’, but insisted his children have ‘been amazing’ during the global crisis.
The singer told ITV News Arts Editor Nina Nannar during the virtual interview: ‘It’s not easy, we’ve been here since May. […] It’s very hard but they’ve been amazing. Children need to interact with each other.
‘But the circumstances are what they are, I had a very positive call with Oliver this morning.
‘We are in a situation which I hope, is getting better with the vaccinations of people but you just have to pray that the situation gets better because people have been through terrible hardships.’
‘The circumstances are what they are’: Earlier this month, Elton gave a rare insight into his family life amid the nationwide coronavirus lockdown during an appearance on ITV News
The composer later touched on the challenges artists are being faced with following Brexit with Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Oliver Dowden.
Songwriter Elton said: ‘When it comes to art and music and stuff, I have to step up, I have a responsibility to step up and I want to step up, I want the future to be bright for everyone.
‘This is about people who are just starting out, making their first record […] all those kind of people who have a very bright future in front of them and they need to be supported otherwise that future will look bleak.
‘It has become what it is and we have to sort this out from now. I have no idea about Brexit negotiations whatsoever.
‘You make a decision to leave the EU, you’re stuck with what the consequences are, you have to deal with them and make sure that they can be improved, and they can be overcome.
Challenges: The music icon, 73, who shares sons Zachary, 10, and Elijah, eight, with husband David, 58, admitted homeschooling is ‘hard’ (pictured in June 2020)
‘It was a democratic decision, I didn’t agree with it, but you’re left with the consequences and we have to deal with it, there’s no point in moaning about it now, it’s an irreversible decision and I’m an optimist and you have to be an optimist in the situation.
‘It may be a bit prickly, the situation now because it’s very raw, that doesn’t mean to say it’s not going to improve over the coming months.’
Late last year, former advertising executive David revealed the couple have a ‘one gift rule’ for each other during the festive season.
During an appearance on Loose Women, the Canadian insisted they’ve raised their kids to be ‘grounded’ in life.
He shared: ‘We have a one gift rule because we don’t need anything, we are very blessed in life.
Candid: ‘It’s very hard but they’ve been amazing. Children need to interact with each other’, the legendary musician enthused (pictured in April 2020)
‘The thing I am most looking forward to is Christmas with our sons, because there is nothing like Christmas with children. All the magic for us with Christmas has just gone off the charts since we had our boys.
‘It is daddy up on stage. They are very proud of him obviously and they love his songs but when he comes home he leaves Elton John behind.
‘It is always very much daddy’s work and that’s what he does but he doesn’t bring it into the household and he doesn’t talk about it in any kind of glorified way. They seem to be quite grounded about it and I hope that continues to last.’
Elton and David entered into a civil partnership in 2005 and tied the knot in 2014 after same-sex marriage became legal in England and Wales in March of that year.
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Long-term: The composer and former advertising executive David entered into a civil partnership in 2005 and tied the knot in 2014 (pictured in May 2019)