Elton John on why he waited so long to come out… as he chills out in St Tropez

'No one asked me': Elton John on why he waited so long to come out… as he chills out in St Tropez

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18:54 GMT, 17 July 2012

When Sir Elton John 'came out' in 1976, many wondered why he had wait until his late 20s to make such a declaration.

But the veteran singer, now 65, admitted he never actively hid his sexuality – insisting no one had ever asked him if he was gay.

In a new U.S. TV interview, the father-of-one said he assumed it was 'common knowledge' that everyone knew he was homosexual.

Chillaxing: Sir Elton John and his entourage head for Club 55 in St Tropez for lunch today

Chillaxing: Sir Elton John and his entourage head for Club 55 in St Tropez for lunch today

Sir Elton came out as bisexual in an interview with Rolling Stone magazine in 1976, before going to marry German woman Renate Blauel in Australia in 1984.

However, following their divorce, he told the same magazine he felt 'comfortable' being gay in 1988.

Speaking today to Today present Matt Lauer, Elton said: 'Nobody asked me. When (journalist) Cliff Jahr asked me in
Rolling Stone, “I'm gonna ask you a question, but if you don't want to
answer it, I'm gonna turn the tape recorder off.”

Men who lunch: Elton and his entourage headed to the Club for a spot of lunch

Men who lunch: Elton and his entourage headed to the Club for a spot of lunch

Where's this boat Elton rested his legs on a flight of stairs as they waited for their boat back to his French Riviera mansion

Where's this boat Elton rested his legs on a flight of stairs as they waited for their boat back to his French Riviera mansion

'And I said, “You're
gonna ask me if I'm gay or not.” And he said, “How did you know that”

'I
said, “I've been waiting for people to ask me this. It's not exactly a
secret. I live with my manager. I'm openly gay outside. I don't have a
girlfriend. And nobody's ever actually out — I just thought it was
common knowledge.”'

The Crocodile Rock star's revelations with came as he spent the day in St Tropez with his entourage following his performance on Monday night in Sardinia.

Wearing white shorts, blue trainers and a colourful shirt, the singer travelled via speedboat to the beach club.

Homeward bound: The singer is helped into his speedboat

Homeward bound: The singer is helped into his speedboat

Wowing the crowd: Sir Elton performing at the Hotel Cala Di Volpe in Porto Cervo, Sardinia on Monday night

Wowing the crowd: Sir Elton performing at the Hotel Cala Di Volpe in Porto Cervo, Sardinia on Monday night

Notably absent was his civil partner David Furnish, who is presumably at home with their son Zachary.

Elton, who is currently promoting his new book Love
is the Cure: On life, loss and the end of AIDS, spoke about his
friendship with Indiana boy Ryan White, who contracted AIDS through a
blood transfusion and tragically died in 1990.

Remembering Ryan, Elton said: 'I just felt for him, this kid who was —
you know, just because he had the HIV virus, his family were being
discriminated, he was forced to move to another town, bullets fired
through their windows, firebombs through their letterbox. Wasn't allowed
to go to school.'

Part two of Lauer's interview with Elton is broadcast on Wednesday's episode of Today.

Family man: Elton with civil partner Sir Elton John and their son Zachary earlier this year

Family man: Elton with civil partner Sir Elton John and their son Zachary earlier this year

Brief: Elton married German woman Renate Blauel in Sydney in 1984

Brief: Elton married German woman Renate Blauel in Sydney in 1984