‘My boys are both into mu­sic’

Sir El­ton John on his sons, lat­est film Sher­lock Gnomes – and why he’s never gnome alone!

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Kids favourites Gnomeo and Juliet are back on the big screen...

They are! They’ve moved to Lon­don but things aren’t all they seem in the Big Smoke. Gnomes start be­ing cap­tured and when all the gnomes in the gar­den are stolen, it’s a case for Sher­lock Gnomes!

Sher­lock Gnomes is a fam­ily film but gnomes can di­vide folk…

There is gnomo-pho­bia! But I love a gnome. We have a cou­ple of gnomes in our house – in fact, we have eight in a row, but they are quite arty.

Your sons Eli­jah and Zachary must love it...

They liked the orig­i­nal but they love this one bet­ter be­cause it’s a lot more ad­ven­tur­ous, it’s darker. Your

mu­sic is all over it...

When I wrote those songs decades ago, in the days of Florence Nightin­gale, I never knew that they’d end up like this. My life has evolved and things have just hap­pened. It’s an ac­ci­dent but it’s a lovely ac­ci­dent.

How are the boys?

They’re thriv­ing. They’re seven and five now. Zachary is in­cred­i­bly into soc­cer. He plays for the Wat­ford Academy team. Eli­jah loves mu­sic – they both do – but Eli­jah

‘There is gnomo­pho­bia’

es­pe­cially. They are great kids. David (Fur­nish) took them away ski­ing at half-term and the house was a night­mare – it was empty, there was no laugh­ter, and that’s why I am com­ing off the road af­ter the world tour. I need to be there for them. We want them to have a nor­mal life, to go to school and not be celebrity kids.

You’re back on the road for three years this au­tumn...

I am look­ing for­ward to it. It’s go­ing to be beau­ti­ful to look at and I’m look­ing for­ward to say­ing good­bye.

● Sher­lock Gnomes is out now; El­ton’s Farewell Yel­low Brick Road tour kicks off on 8 Septem­ber

There’s no place like gnome for El­ton

A great fun film for all the fam­ily

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