Sir Elton John’s ex-wife is suing him for £3m over claims he broke a authorized settlement to not discuss their marriage.
Renate Blauel’s four-year marriage to the star was referenced in Sir Elton’s 2019 memoir Me and the hit film Rocketman, in addition to an Instagram submit.
Ms Blauel, a sound engineer, alleges that these broke an settlement the pair made once they divorced in 1988, and had prompted her to endure psychological well being issues.
In papers filed to the High Court, Ms Blauel’s authorized workforce stated she had modified her title and look in an try to “shed her identity” and preserve out of the general public eye.
Her declare reads: “As a results of the above breaches, [her] proper to privateness and autonomy have been shattered.
“She, and the marriage, have become the subject of widespread press scrutiny and discussion.”
She additionally claimed that she was upset by a passage in Sir Elton’s memoir which stated he didn’t want to have youngsters along with her. Ms Blauel stated the pair had tried to conceive.
In response, the Tiny Dancer hitmaker’s authorized workforce denied the settlement had been breached, arguing that the small print have been already public data.
They stated the contract “applies only to private and confidential matters”.
In the movie Rocketman, the wedding takes up lower than 5 minutes of display screen time and reveals the pair on their marriage ceremony day in addition to sleeping in separate bedrooms.
Sir Elton’s workforce stated the marriage, which was attended by a number of celebrities, was extensively coated on the time and was a matter of public document.
They additionally famous that Sir Elton’s homosexuality was not personal, and subsequently the scenes could be understood by the viewers as a portrayal of a homosexual man in a heterosexual marriage.
“The fact that the defendant is gay is now very widely known; it may be one of the most widely-known facts in the world of entertainment,” the singer’s defence reads.
Ms Blauel’s declare additionally referenced components of Sir Elton’s memoir Me, during which he wrote about his resolution to suggest, the couple’s marriage ceremony, and references their divorce.
She alleges there have been apparent breaches of their settlement and that the star knew it might influence her “jealously guarded” privateness.
In the declare, she stated she had obtained renewed consideration which was “destroying her privacy and causing her to suffer severe psychological consequences”.
Sir Elton’s authorized workforce stated the singer was unaware of any psychological well being points she had.
A supply near Sir Elton stated: “Elton is shocked and saddened by Renate’s claim after 30 years of a mutually amicable and respectful divorce, especially as he has only ever praised her publicly.”
His authorized workforce added that the pair had saved up pleasant correspondence over time and no psychological sickness had ever been mentioned.