Elton John confides in Meghan Markle about sobriety battle during Covid lockdown
Legendary music maker Sir Elton John confided in pals Prince Harry and Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex about how technology enabled him to attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings during the coronavirus lockdown.
Elton, 73, celebrated being sober for 30 years in 2020 as the world continued to be gripped by the virus, which caused a global lockdown.
The star who is known for hits such as Don’t Go Breaking My Heart featured as a guest on the holiday special edition of The Duke and Duchess’ podcast, Archewell Audio in partnership with Spotify.
During his appearance, Elton spoke about the support he receives from Alcoholics Anonymous and how he frequently kept in touch with his support group, despite the lockdown period.
He said: “I’m a recovering alcoholic so I have an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting from this house every Sunday.
“I connect with friends who I’ve known for over 30 years in the programme, and that’s great.”
The iconic superstar went on to add: “If it hadn’t have been for Zoom I don’t know what we would’ve done, I really don’t.
Dad-of-two, Sir Elton has never shied away from speaking about his personal battles throughout his life, opening up about his battle with drink and drugs which even saw him make an attempt on his life.
Putting pen to paper, he wrote in his autobiography: “I had started taking cocaine in 1974. I liked how it made me feel.
“That jolt of confidence and euphoria, the sense that I could suddenly open up, that I didn’t feel shy or intimidated, that I could talk to anybody.
“That was all bull***t, of course. I was full of energy, I was inquisitive, I had a sense of humour and a thirst for knowledge: I didn’t need a drug to make me talk to people.”
He later went on to add: “Because I was doing coke, I wasn’t a rational human being any more. You become unreasonable and irresponsible, self-obsessed, a law unto yourself.
“It’s your way or the highway. It’s a horrible drug.”