Hollywood blockbuster Rocketman shows Elton John & # 39; s early career as an orgy of cocaine binges, gay affairs and flashy showbiz parties.
But between the torches, bright glasses and breathtaking concerts, there is an episode that can surprise young viewers … his marriage to a woman.
Sir Elton married the German-born sound engineer Renate Blauel in a traditional ceremony at St. Mark's Church on Valentine's Day in 1984.
He was 36 at the time and the couple were in Australia for his Too Low For Zero tour.
On candid wedding photos, the bride shines as she comes out of the church dressed in a lace dress by Australian designer Keri Craig-Lee.
Sir Elton wears a slightly tense expression and leans forward to kiss his new wife.
Elton John is perhaps one of the greatest gay icons in music, but early in his career, struggling with his sexuality, the superstar married a woman
The pop star lives with a German-born sound engineer, Renate Blauel, in a traditional ceremony in St. Mark's Church in Sydney on Valentine's Day in 1984
It had been a dazzling romance for the singer and Mrs. Blauel, who had been in a recording studio in London just a year earlier.
Sir Elton has since grown to become & # 39; the world's most recognizable gay icons, but he clearly struggled with his sexuality and didn't openly appear gay for years.
Gary Clarke, a young Melburnian, claimed to have a threesome with Sir Elton, just two days before the singer took Mrs. Blauel to an Indian restaurant in Sydney and suggested.
The star-studded wedding was arranged in just five days, and Clarke went shopping bizarre with Mrs. Blauel to help her choose a dress.
After the Anglican service, the wedding party was included Olivia Newton-John, tennis-ace John McEnroe and Sir Elton & ex 39; s friend John Reid retired in the old Sebel Towers.
Guests gorged on oysters, flown in from New Zealand, lobster, shrimp, scallops, lamb, crab, deer, beef, calf and quail and drank 1978 Le Montrachet Chateau des Hebeaux Jacques Prieur.
The same bottle won more than $ 1200 at auction in 2000.
Reverend James Whild (photo) was the chairman of the ceremony that left many anesthetics behind when Sir Elton was long-time gay, despite the announcement that he was bisexual in 1976
The unlikely union of Mrs. Blauel and Sir Elton, under the supervision of Reverend James Whild, astonished many of the singer's close friends who had long believed he was gay, The Australian reported.
Singer Rod Stewart famously told the couple: & # 39; You may still be standing, but we are all on the floor. & # 39;
It wasn't until 1988 that the flamboyant artist announced that he was openly gay – around the same time the couple were divorced.
Sir Elton broke his silence about shock marriages and called for Australians to vote for same-sex marriage in 2017.
& # 39; Many years ago for my marriage to Australia I chose a wonderful woman for whom I have so much love and admiration. I wanted to be a good husband more than anything else, but I denied who I really was, which made my wife sad and meant enormous guilt and regret, & read his Instagram post.
& # 39; To be worthy of someone's love, you must be brave enough and look bright enough to be honest with yourself and your partner. & # 39;
The wedding in St. Mark's church in the eastern suburbs of Sydney (photo) was contracted in four days. Sir Elton had introduced his German-born bride to an Indian restaurant in Sydney
Sir Elton broke his silence about shock marriages and called for Australians to vote for same-sex marriage in 2017
The reason for Sir Elton & # 39; s decision to get married has long been a mystery, but the singer later admitted that he was struggling with drug and alcohol addiction.
He explained his thinking in an interview with the Sydney Morning Herald in 2007: & # 39; A drug addict thinks so: & # 39; & # 39; I've had enough boyfriends, and that doesn't make me happy, so I'll have a wife – who'll change everything & # 39; & # 39 ;. And I loved Renate. She's a great girl. I really loved her. But you know … it's one of the things that I'm most sorry about in my life, and I hurt her. & # 39;
In 2014, Sir Elton married long-term partner David Furnish, with whom he had a civil partnership for nine years.
The couple has two sons – Zachary and Elijah.
Sir Elton is now a dedicated father and husband, but it comes after a very tumultuous journey to a superstar and a wedding that has undoubtedly broken some hearts.
Rocketman will be shown in Australian cinemas from today.
Taking their vows: Elton John and David Furnish said their vows for family and friends
Cutting the cake: David Walliams posted a photo of the happy couple on their wedding day. They had a civil partnership for nine years
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