Elton John

Sir Elton John has confirmed that he is to marry his long term partner David Furnish.

John, who is celebrating the 40th anniversary of his iconic album ‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road’, confirmed in an interview to be broadcast Monday that he will marry Furnish, and could be as early as May.

Sitting down with NBC Today’s Matt Lauer, John said: “We’ll do it very quietly, but we will do it and it will be a joyous occasion and we will have our children.” His announcement follows the first same-sex marriages that were conducted over the weekend after long process to legalise gay marriage in England and Wales.

Elton and David entered into a civil partnership in 2005. He praises Britain for its continuing progress for equal rights for same-sex couples. “I’m very proud of Britain and the laws that we’ve seen come into existence since we’ve been together,” John said, adding: “so for this legislation to come through is joyous, and we should celebrate it. We shouldn’t just say, ‘Oh, well we have a civil partnership. We’re not going to bother to get married.’ We will get married.”

The first part of the interview will be broadcast on NBC in America on Monday and will be available at the Today show website.

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