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When Elton’s name comes up, rumours sometimes do, too. Since the Duke and Duchess of Sussex didn’t attend his Oscar party, Royal commentator Tom Bower suggested to the Express that they had a falling-out. Yet the editor-in-chief of Majesty magazine, Ingrid Seward, told Good Morning Britain she thought Prince Harry, who took a red eye flight to London, might be spending time at Elton’s home. Both made an appearance at High-Court last Monday. They (and a few others) filed a lawsuit against the Associated Newspapers Limited, the publisher of the Daily Mail and the Mail on Sunday, alleging breaches of privacy.

David Furnish explained in a witness statement, released on Tuesday, that he and Elton have a ”paternal and protective friendship” with Harry. They loved his mother, Princess Diana, and wanted Prince Harry to feel safe and secure. So it was upsetting to have the Mail exploit their relationship.

Elton said they even obtained medical records pertaining to the birth of one of the couple’s children, which was ”sickening.” In fact, even Elton’s own medical records have been accessed.

Another issue Elton has faced is lack of confidence. So he could identify when his friend, Lewis-Capaldi, said he suffers from feelings of inadequacy. Elton sent him a note to boost his spirits, which is discussed in a documentary about the young star, set for 5 April on Netflix, called How I’m Feeling Now.

Lewis has won an award which Elton got last year. That was a Global-Award for Mass Appeal (which Elton was nominated for again this time around). The Global Awards brings together Global radio stations such as Capital, Heart, and Smooth.

Meanwhile, Elton is up for a Radio-Academy trophy. His Rocket Hour has been nominated for Best Specialist Music Show. The results are to be revealed on the second of May. The UK’s ARIAS (”Audio & Radio Industry Awards”) are not to be confused with the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA).

Did you know that there’s an anniversary on the 9th of April? It was on that date in 1982 that Elton’s Jump Up! album was released. Three of the songs, including the hit Blue Eyes, featured lyrics from Gary Osborne . . . who happens to be the guest on EJW‘s latest podcast!

Also on the 9th of April, ITV plans to broadcast a special, For The Love of Paul O’Grady. The TV and radio presenter died last week, at the age of 67. According to press notes, viewers can expect to hear from friends and family who knew the TV and radio presenter well. So that’s likely to include Elton, who praised his friend for supporting LGBTQ+ rights and for his AIDS activism. Paul hosted a stage party for Elton and David before their civil partnership in 2005.

Kildare Village in Kildare, Ireland, is the latest shopping outlet to host an EJ pop-up. Coinciding with the remainder of his final tour (including a stop of Dublin’s 3Arena) and recent release of the 50th anniversary edition of Honky Chateau, the Elton John Pops Up! store will be open to the public until 3 May. Ten percent of sales at this hot spot benefit the Elton John AIDS Foundation.

Bernie Taupin‘s art will be popping up for the first time in the UK. He’s to have an exhibit at the Iconic Images gallery in London, England. Bernie told the Guardian that Taupin and O’Neill: Two Sides of the ’60s consists of mixed-media paintings based on Terry O’Neill‘s photos. Before he died in 2019, the celebrity photographer worked with his friend, Bernie, and selected sixties images of personalities like Audrey Hepburn and John Lennon. The show will run from the 15th through the 29th of April.

In one of his last interviews, Terry remembered how Elton would sometimes leap on and off the piano. He couldn’t fathom how the entertainer did it, but among Terry’s 5,000+ Elton-John photos, he managed to capture a few on camera!

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