Elton John has revealed that he once had sex with a KGB spy and that he is still planning to perform in Russia, despite the country’s anti-gay laws.
In an interview with The Guardian, the 66-year-old singer said that when he went to Russia in 1979 his Russian translator was a spy.
“I knew we were being watched all the time: I had an interpreter that they’d clearly set up,” John laughed. “Actually, I ended up having sex with him on the roof of my hotel.”
While some artists are boycotting Russia to show their support for the country’s beleaguered LGBT community, the music legend confirmed that he is still set to perform in Moscow in December.
“I’ve got to go. And I’ve got to think about what I’m going to say very carefully,” said John.
“There’s two avenues of thought: do you stop everyone going, ban all the artists coming in from Russia? But then you’re really leaving the men and women who are gay and suffering under the anti-gay laws in an isolated situation. As a gay man, I can’t leave those people on their own without going over there and supporting them. I don’t know what’s going to happen, but I’ve got to go.”
In June, the leader of a Russian anti-gay group described John’s stage costumes as being “homosexual propaganda”.
The star also revealed he’d always dreamed of performing in front of the Pyramids of Giza, “but they banned me from going there a couple of years ago because I’m gay”.
In January, John and his husband David Furnish became parents again after a surrogate mother gave birth to their second son.