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Elton John Covers 'Parade' This Weekend

Elton John Covers 'Parade' This Weekend

Elton John covers this Sunday’s issue of Parade magazine and speaks about how his life’s changed since he hit the scene.

Here’s what the 62-year-old musician had to share:

On Christianity: “I think Jesus was a compassionate, super-intelligent gay man who understood human problems. On the cross, he forgave the people who crucified him. Jesus wanted us to be loving and forgiving. I don’t know what makes people so cruel. Try being a gay woman in the Middle East — you’re as good as dead.”

On connecting with partner David Furnish: “I was attracted to David immediately. He was very well dressed, very shy. The next night we had dinner. After it, we consummated our relationship. We fell in love very quickly.”

On making mistakes in love: “I’d always choose someone younger. I wanted to smother them with love. I’d take them around the world, try to educate them. One after another they got a Cartier watch, a Versace outfit, maybe a sports car. They didn’t have jobs. They were reliant on me. I did this repeatedly. In six months they were bored and hated my guts because I’d taken their lives and self-worth away. I hadn’t intended to.”

For more from Elton, check out Parade.com!

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  • alz

    “I think Jesus was a compassionate, super-intelligent gay man who understood human problems”
    He is going get into trouble for saying that , what was he thinking ?

  • zzzz

    I love Elton, though I’m not sure where he got his kooky idea about Jesus being gay!

  • Shut it

    oh just shut it Elton.

  • mary magdalene

    I often wonder about that. Why wasn’t he married? it was because he was homosexual.

  • boom

    That is blasphemy. He will pay for it. I’m tired of these people in Hollywood trying to bend Jesus and Christianity for their own selfish and wicked desires so they justify themselves. The world s full of false teachers and liars. Jesus knew he had a destiny and his life would end tragically. If he was married with children he wouldn’t had a ministry. He made a sacrifice for humanity and humanity has slandered him over and over.

  • wesie

    @mary magdalene: agree. But I don’t think he was a nice person, probably he was fooling those people, or maybe he was schizophrenic and did believe it…..

  • sillyme

    “Try being a gay woman in the Middle East — you’re as good as dead.”

    Try being a single straight woman in the Middle East who’s sexually active – you’re as good as dead, too.

  • mary magdalene

    @boom: you don’t own JESUS.

  • Flowers

    Agree with Elton, Jesus was all around with 12 hot guys, totally queer god .

  • Flowers

    Hey I said Jesus was a q-e-e-r god !

  • JESS

    I agree with #5 People are just trying to bend the rules these days. I hate when people say, if God is real, why did he let 9/11 happen?! or Haiti? Well, we have asked for God to leave us alone so much, that he has! We constantly ask to just let us be! to be GAY, DRUG ADDICTS, BEND THE RULES ON MARRIAGE, SEX CHANGES! We are so messed up! and people out there will agree to what ELTON JOHN says?! Elton John is a musician! what does he know about life? or GOD! people are stupid…

  • Flowers

    Sh*t ! Q-U-E-E-R Jesus !!!!

  • Blackrose

    oh please! who is he to say that Jesus was gay!

  • Roar

    @JESS: Hey but isn’t god omniscient? He would have known that human beings were going to do that before creating them. Also , people never ask god to leave them alone, they are always talking about him, praying , demeaning themselves to him. This god does not exist , girl, it’s like Santa Claus, people say he is real so you do what they tell you it’s right.

  • Harry

    I love EJ’s music but I didn’t really need to know when he had sex with his current husband — TMI.

  • Roar

    @boom: He will pay?! But I though god was so merciful!

  • Sabrina

    God doesn’t exist, only fools do believe that! ! And I really wonder why some women take their wisdom out of the bible: it’s full of repression against women!

  • LuckyL

    He’s so real, I love this guy.

  • AnonymousDiva

    Well, BlackRose, who are YOU to say that Jesus wasn’t?

    Sabrina, the Bible is also full of empowerment for women. Your statement makes it plain you haven’t read the document, so please don’t make statements you can’t back up – you look foolish.

  • Roar

    @AnonymousDiva: I’ve already read the whole bible, and it’s full of repression against women. The bible says women must stay in silence while on church, must obey men , women are not pure during period time… and a lot of stupid things.

  • xiopio

    Completely agree with you #19. If people aren’t well versed on the Bible and it’s teachings, they should shut up!

  • JESS

    To ROAR,
    We have a right to choose. Elton John has, it doesn’t mean he’s right! God lets us make our own choices. Do I go to church because someone tells me to? NO. I choose to go. I don’t have to, but I want to. God gave us life for experience it, but there are rules. Is up to you to follow. God binds us now to free us later, where as Evil lets you live freely now to bind you later. That’s the difference.

  • pallystine

    First of all, it’s not Elton’s John business to comment on the Middle East and their laws. Islam, like Christianity and Judaism views homosexuality as a punishable sin and a crime against society. Those acts are not accepted under Islamic Law and never will be. It is immoral and plain wrong. Society does not dictate islamic law. ALLAH DOES! Jesus himself was a rabbi, and said “I HAVE COME TO FULFILL THE LAW” What law was he talking about, the law of moses. Every single Prophet of God, culture, and people rejects these acts as immoral. Just because western society chooses to tolerate these acts, doesn’t make it right. Soon people will be having sex with their pets….It not for Elton John to impose or force us Muslims to accept his perverted lifestyle as legitimate! Especially, not in name of Jesus. It is only western society who chooses to accept them. It is no secret that gay people are 500 times more likely to get aids!!!! WHY!! 1 out of 3 have already contracted aids….BECAUSE ITS WRONG!!! GOD HIMSELF CONDEMNED IT!!!! IT IS A CHOICE NOT SOMETHING YOUR BORN WITH!!!

  • pallystine

    First of all, it’s not Elton’s John business to comment on the Middle East and their laws. Islam, like Christianity and Judaism views homosexuality as a punishable sin and a crime against society. Those acts are not accepted under Islamic Law and never will be. It is immoral and plain wrong. Society does not dictate islamic law. ALLAH DOES! Jesus himself was a rabbi, and said “I HAVE COME TO FULFILL THE LAW” What law was he talking about, the law of moses. Every single Prophet of God, culture, and people rejects these acts as immoral. Just because western society chooses to tolerate these acts, doesn’t make it right. Soon people will be having sex with their pets….It not for Elton John to impose or force us Muslims to accept his perverted lifestyle as legitimate! Especially, not in name of Jesus. It is only western society who chooses to accept them. It is no secret that gay people are 500 times more likely to get aids!!!! WHY!! 1 out of 3 have already contracted aids….BECAUSE ITS WRONG!!! GOD HIMSELF CONDEMNED IT!!!! IT IS A CHOICE NOT SOMETHING YOUR BORN WITH!!!

  • Hannah

    To the comments of why God would let Haiti and 9/11 happen – without disaster, there would be no room for the one emotion we all desire: compassion.

  • pallystine

    One more thing, it is true that people can’t control other people’s actions and everyone has a right to make their own choices and decisions. As a person in the west and living in a secular society, I recognize that and frankly don’t really care about who other people decide to have sexual relations with. I don’t encourage violence against anyone under any circumstances. However, I just don’t i appreciate it when Homosexuals want to forcefully make us accept their lifestyle and legitimize it. THAT WILL NEVER HAPPEN IN ISLAM! It may have happened to people of other faiths but not to us. ISLAM COMPLETELY 100 percent forbids it and recognizes it as immoral, unjust, and shameful.It is an abomination. Jesus himself condemned it over and over. Some christians have abandoned the law and commandments because of the writings of Paul. I suggest you study the actual words of Jesus not Paul and you will see Jesus followed the LAWS OF GOD COMPLETELY! Homosexual acts are against the laws of GOD. Muslims who choose to commit such actions are in fact no longer muslim and have left the fold of islam. Anyone who tells you otherwise is lying.

  • Diondra

    I can NOT believe he said that Jesus was a gay man!! That is so WRONG! Shame on you Elton for saying such a thing.

  • james

    I’m no bible thumper but I can’t believe he called Jesus gay.

  • Deedz

    Oh shit, just wait for the backlash.

  • jo

    @alz: Using his freedom of speech and every human’s born right to have an opinioni. Right, wrong or indifferent. GO ELTON. I LOVE IT! Middle America and religous bible thumpers will be hyperventilating! LOL

  • sarah connor

    He has to be made aware that being gay, is not something to be proud of. It is not a disease also. But it is a sick way of life. Elton John, this old time low life faggot who does he think he is saying, slandering Prophet Jesus Christ like this. I think the Queen should take the Sir title back from the Queer.

  • jessica

    BEFORE TO TELL SOMETHING ABOUT JESUS CHRIST, ELTON JOHN SHOULD WASH HIS MOUTH. HE WILL BE SO ASHAMED OF WHAT HE SAID NOW WHEN JESUS WILL COME BACK TO EARTH IN THE FOLLOWING YEARS.

  • Desi

    God perished the people of Prophet Lot (pbuh), because they were pervert. So how Elton John dare to speak like this for our sacred Prophet Jesus (pbuh). Somebody must close his mouth.

  • jessica

    BEFORE TO TELL SOMETHING ABOUT JESUS CHRIST, ELTON JOHN SHOULD WASH HIS MOUTH. HE WILL BE SO ASHAMED WHEN JESUS WILL COME BACK TO EARTH IN THE FOLLOWING YEARS.

  • lillyb

    what a douche bag.

  • Jack

    I’m not a Christian I’m a Muslim but Jesus is my Prophet too. And how a person like E. J. dare to talk about Jesus in this way. Like every chosen and sent Prophet, Jesus had the highest form of character. One of his most distinguishing features was his high standard of morals and noble personality, which had an immediate effect on people. In addition, he had a strong personality due to his complete trust, reliance, and faith in God; was decisive and courageous; and could not be manipulated by society.
    And I’m sure that this so-called singer has no idea about these high standard of morals and noble personality

  • rachel

    @pallystine:

    Who the heck are you to say what someone does in the privacy of their bedroom is wrong? That judgemental, superiority BS is a HUGE problem. If nobody gets hurt, it’s fine.

    Elton – love him and his music. But, too much information here. Gays need to keep their private life private. No need to shove it in everyone’s face. Straight or gay.

  • pallystine

    @rachel:
    UH HELLO? ELTON JOHN IS A PUBLIC FIGURE WHO MADE A FALSE STATEMENT ABOUT ONE OF GREATEST INFLUENTIAL PEOPLE IN HISTORY WHO I DEEM TO BE A PROPHET AND ABOUT THE MIDDLE EAST FOR NOT ACCEPTING SODOMY! IDIOT!!! HE CHOSE TO MAKE THESE PUBLC SLANDEROUS STATEMENTS! HE CHOSE NOT TO MAKE HIS LIFE PRIVATE!!! NOT ME! AND AS A MUSLIM FOLLOWER OF JESUS AND AS A PERSON FROM THE MIDDLE EAST I HAVE EVER RIGHT TO DEFEND MY BELIEFS FROM A PERSON WHO CHOOSES TO PUBLICLY CONDEMN JESUS CHRIST AND PEOPLE WHO CHOOSE NOT TO ACCEPT HIS PERVERTED IMMORAL LIFESTYLE! He’s the one who started it by making those comments….PEOPLE WHO COMMIT SODOMY are going against the LAWS OF NATURE AND THE LAWS OF GOD! AND THATS THEIR DECISION AND GOD WILL DEAL WITH THEM…BUT TO FORCEFULLY IMPOSE and say even though your religion and values says i am wrong you have to accept what i’m doing, even countries like the middle east who i am not a citizen of and know nothing about. I DONT THINK SO….

  • http://nursesdate.com nursesdate

    what a legend

  • boycott Vanity Fair

    Um, Jesus was a rabbi – his followers called him “rabbi” and he was therefore most likely married, to Mary Magdalene who contrary to recent popular belief was not a prostitute but was descended from an ancient royal line.

    Good grief, where does this guy get his crazy ideas from? Does he read? Does he research? Does he study and learn anything at all? Ever? His comments sound like the things someone living in ignorance in a ‘bubble’ would concoct to suit his own whims.

  • Diego

    He could buy me a Cartier watch, a sports car and designer clothes and I WOULD never hate his guts (of course if he did buy me all I wanted), Elton call me, I’m 18 btw :) HAHA!!

  • beyza

    Jesus Christ is the prophet of Allah. This person, no matter if he is a singer or what so ever, he has to respect believers and the social moral values. He should be on trial regarding his words. Because this insolent person, behave immorally to believers, to society. Now a days people become more religious and they started to love Propeht Jesus (pbu) and other prophets more than ever. Jesus does not die. In very near future , after decades later, we will all see Jesus Christ Please visit jesuswillreturn.com
    Elton John is in his last days, he will leave max. 20 or 30 yrs maybe.. The truth is after here. He will be asked by Allah also about those words he made.

  • http://www.jesuswillreturn.com beyza

    Elton John is a typical person who doesn’t have any fear of Allah, that’s why he could say those words.

    Come, my children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the Lord. Whoever of you loves life and desires to see many good days, keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking lies. Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it. (Psalms, 34:11-14)

    And in Quran Allah says;

    When the angels said, “Maryam, your Lord gives you good news of a Word from Him. His name is the Messiah, Jesus, son of Maryam of high esteem in the world and the Hereafter,
    and one of those brought near.
    (Surah Al ‘Imran: 45)

    O My servants who believe! truly, spacious is My Earth: therefore serve ye Me – (and Me alone)!
    Every soul shall have a taste of death in the end to Us shall ye be brought back. (Al-’Ankabut, 56-57)

  • beyza
  • Diego

    This post brought out the loonies

  • Mark

    @Diego:

    Thank’s for that comment, finally one without religious indoctrination.

  • AnonymousDiva

    Well, Roar, perhaps you haven’t read it in its original languages – Hebrew and Greek. I have.

    Yes, in some instances women are subjugated. But they’re also empowered. And, violence also exists against men.

    If you read the Bible with the simplicity of a child, then yes, that’s the view you’ll get. But Jesus Himself treated women as equals, and the risen Jesus appeared first to a woman. That says a helluva lot more than one short passage in a letter whose authorship is highly dubious (I refer to 1 Timothy).

  • WHAT?!?!

    WHAT A STUPID MAN!!!!

  • rachel

    He should be on trial regarding his words.

    Read more: http://justjared.buzznet.com/2010/02/18/elton-john-covers-parade-this-weekend/comment-page-2/#comments#ixzz0fwsMwON3

    You people are sick! You can’t put someone on trial for words! He hurt no one. You have the right to disagree and post about it. It’s called freedom! You can’t force YOUR morality on other people. If he hurt someone, okay – fine – but he didn’t. He merely SPOKE!

  • Bob

    @Roar:
    It’s amazing you’ve read the Bible and have a comment like you have. Where did you learn to read? Where did you miss the boat? One day you will be asked, “Where’s your Sign”. Hope you got an answer for that.