“I got married because I didn’t confront the real problem in my life, that I was a drug addict. I thought getting married would change all the unhappiness the drug addiction brought me. I got married to a wonderful woman who loved me very much. I loved her, but not obviously in the physical sense. I thought it would change. I thought, ‘This will change it. I’ll now become happy.’ But the problem was that when I got married I still stuck cocaine up my nose and I still drank a bottle of Scotch a day. Nothing change.”
–Elton John, on his 1984 marriage to sound technician Renate Blauel. Quoted in Buckley, Elton: The Biography, 282.
“I think what was happening was that Elton was losing popularity, particularly in the Deep South. I think he persuaded himself that he wasn’t gay and that he was bi, and therefore he could have a heterosexual marriage.”
Charlie Morgan, Elton John’s drummer, quoted in Buckley, Elton: The Biography, 281.