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Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Elton, David planning a legal union

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Elton, David planning a legal union

Tue Apr 26, 7:39 AM ET
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By César G. Soriano, USA TODAY

Elton John says he and longtime partner David Furnish will formalize their relationship in December when Britain legalizes same-sex unions.

"We definitely want to do it about the middle of December, probably in Windsor (England)," he told Britain's Daily Mirror tabloid in an interview published Monday. "But there will be no honeymoon. I'm on tour," the pop legend said.

His London-based publicist, Gary Farrow, had no details about when or where the union might occur. But he confirmed that John made the comments during an interview that touched on Britain's Civil Partnerships Act, which goes into effect Dec. 5. The act gives gay couples many of the same legal and tax benefits as married heterosexual couples.

John, 58, and Canadian film producer Furnish, 42, have been together for 11 years after being introduced by a friend. John has credited Furnish with helping him kick a drug and alcohol problem.

"Meeting David has been the greatest thing to happen to me," John told the Mirror. "Yes, we spend a lot of time apart and it's hard, but we make it work."

John was previously married to German music engineer Renate Blauel. She and John married in 1984 and divorced four years later.