El­ton won’t keep mum over fall­out

Daily Mirror - - WATTS THE GOSS -

IT was one of the big­gest feuds in show­biz, and now El­ton John’s trou­bled re­la­tion­ship with his late mum will be tack­led in a new biopic about his life.

The star healed his nine-year rift with Sheila Fare­brother be­fore she died aged 92 last De­cem­ber.

And now El­ton’s hus­band David Fur­nish, 55, an ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer on the film, says: “The story tells the themes of El­ton’s life and what guided it from the very be­gin­ning up to be­com­ing a big star, and all of the trou­bles he had along the way.

“It’s about the early days of his ca­reer and his mother was piv­otal to all of that.”

Sheila will be played by Bryce Dal­las Howard, 37, while Taron Eger­ton, 28, stars as El­ton.

The singer, 71, got back in touch with Sheila, nine years af­ter they fell out fol­low­ing an ar­gu­ment when he told her to cut off con­tact with his for­mer per­sonal as­sis­tant Bob Hal­ley and for­mer man­ager turned lover John Reid.

Sheila re­fused, telling him: “Bob is like a son to me,” be­fore El­ton flew into an ex­ple­tive-filled rage.

“Then to my ut­ter amaze­ment,” Sheila pre­vi­ously ex­plained, “he told me he hated me... then banged the phone down. Imag­ine! To me, his mother!”

But Sheila’s de­sire to re­build re­la­tions was most telling when she in­vited an El­ton im­per­son­ator to per­form at her 90th birth­day party.

When she died in De­cem­ber she left two ce­ramic urns for El­ton while Bob was left with half her for­tune.

El­ton’s for­mer man­ager John Reid, at the heart of the rift, will be played by Richard Mad­den, 32, who David reck­ons is “one of the stand­out ac­tors of his gen­er­a­tion”.

Speak­ing at the Vir­gin Hol­i­days At­ti­tude Awards, he adds: “It goes with­out say­ing he is a hand­some man. He hasn’t met El­ton yet but their paths will cross soon.”

RE­UNITED El­ton with mum Sheila

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