After 20 years of domestic bliss and two children together, iconic singer Elton John and his longtime partner David Furnish are making it official: They're getting married!
Furnish spilled the news in an interview with the Las Vegas Review-Journal, explaining that while they have been registered legal domestic partners for eight years, they think it is important to formally wed now that gay marriage is legal in England.
"We don't feel the need to take an extra step legally. But since we're committed for life, we feel it's really important to take that step, and take advantage of that amazing change in legislation. We all live by example," Furnish said.
But if you're expecting a majorly extravagant, celebrity-studded wedding, don't hold your breath — the event is likely to be extremely low-key.
"We do like big parties," Furnish said. "Over eight years ago, we had 650 people on the 21st of December at our house in Windsor.
"But with the kids, everything is different. I think what we'll do is go to a registry office in England in May, and take the boys with us, and a couple of witnesses."
Furnish explained why marriage equality is so important to him. "I remember trying to come out to my mother and unfortunately going to all the negatives. 'You'll never get married. You'll never have children. You'll never be accepted by society. You'll be prejudiced against. You won't have a future,'" he said.
"I resigned myself to having a different life. I found it particularly difficult and challenging, because I came from a wonderful marriage; my parents are madly in love still. They've been married over 60 years.
"I wanted what they had. I came from a happy union, and I loved the associations I had from that. I felt very loved and encouraged."
Furnish also said, "We're living in extraordinary times. My god, 20 years ago, when I started seeing Elton, if you asked me if I'd be able to get married, if I'd be able to have children, it was unthinkable, literally unimaginable."
John and Furnish have two children, Elijah and Zachary. They have not announced a date for their big day.
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