February 18th, 2010
10:31 AM ET
Elton John didn’t hold back during his recent interview with Parade.
The rock-star turned philanthropist spoke openly about the mistakes he made in past relationships - from getting involved with drugs to acting like a caretaker rather than an equal.
"I'd always choose someone younger,” he told Parade. “I wanted to smother them with love. I'd take them around the world, try to educate them. One after another they got a Cartier watch, a Versace outfit, maybe a sports car. They didn't have jobs. They were reliant on me. I did this repeatedly. In six months they were bored and hated my guts because I'd taken their lives and self-worth away. I hadn't intended to.”
And as far as John’s former drug habit:
"I set up my foundation because I wanted to make amends for the years I was a drug addict. People with HIV are still stigmatized. The infection rates are going up. People are dying. The political response is appalling. The sadness of it, the waste."
Despite the hardships he endured, many of which stemmed from being in the limelight - “Fame attracts lunatics. I never had a bodyguard, ever, until Gianni [Versace] died. I don't like celebrity anymore" – John moves forward.
“I think Jesus was a compassionate, super-intelligent gay man who understood human problems. On the cross, he forgave the people who crucified him. Jesus wanted us to be loving and forgiving. I don’t know what makes people so cruel. Try being a gay woman in the Middle East - you’re as good as dead.”
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