July 13, 2012
LAUER/ELTON JOHN EXCLUSIVE
'TODAY' SHOW EXCLUSIVE
MATT LAUER SITS DOWN WITH SIR ELTON JOHN
Two-Part Interview to Air on "Today" Tuesday and
Wednesday July 17 and 18
NEW YORK - July 13, 2012 - Entertainment legend Sir Elton
John sits down with "Today's" Matt Lauer in an exclusive
interview about his first-ever memoir, Love is the Cure: On
Life, Loss and the End of AIDS. John speaks candidly about
the personal toll AIDS has taken on his life, and his
passion for his work in the fight against the disease. He
also opens up about his struggle with drugs, alcohol and
bulimia, and he reveals deeply personal details about going
public with his own sexuality.
The interview, which took place at John's home outside of
London, will air on NBC's "Today" in two parts Tuesday and
Wednesday July 17 and 18.
Excerpts from the interview follow. If used, MANDATORY
credit NBC's "Today" and Matt Lauer with airdates, Tuesday
and Wednesday July 17 and 18. Photos from the interview are
attached and available at nbcumv.com.
The sale of Love is the Cure will benefit the Elton John
AIDS Foundation (EJAF). Founded in 1992, EJAF has raised
$275 million to fight the AIDS epidemic and to help those
affected by it.
I wasted such a big part of my life, when this epidemic was
beginning to happen in the early 1980s. And I was a drug
addict and self-absorbed. You know, I was having people die
right, left, and center around me, friends. And yet, I
didn't stop the life that I had, which is the terrible
thing about addiction. It's that-- you know, it's
that bad of a disease.
Here's how you write about it in the book, "I was
consumed by cocaine, booze, and who knows what else. I
apparently never got the memo that the me generation had
You feel guilty about it?
Don't you think you've made up for it?
I'm making up for it. There is so much more to be
John on his sexuality and when he came out:
Did you have any fears about how it might impact your
No, it-- I honestly didn't. And it-- to be honest with
you, it did a little bit. In America, people burned my
records for a second and radio stations didn't play me.
It didn't have any effect like the Dixie Chicks had
when they made the anti-Iraq statements and their career
was ruined. So by me saying gay in the 1970s-- it
didn't have a big effect on me whatsoever.
During the early days of the AIDS episode, you were this
rock star. And you were not living a life practicing safe
sex. Weren't you afraid?
You know what? When you take a drug and you take a drink
and you mix those two together, you think you're
I couldn't remember. That's-- I mean, I came out of
this HIV negative.
There but for the grace of God.
Yes. I was the luckiest person in the world.
Being a father to Zachery seems to have even opened the
possibility of more children?
Is that because you want to embrace more children or you
worry that Zachery grows up without a brother or
I'd love to have more children. And also Zachery, being
the child of a famous person is hard. And I would like him
to have-- you know, when he's four and he starts going
to preschool kids will say, "You don't have a
mummy." And we know that. We talked about this before
we had Zachery. And we're gonna say, "Well,
listen, there's gonna be consequences involved in
having a child when you're two gay parents." And I
want him to have a brother or a sister to go to school with
him. And so that he can have someone to play with.
They're still going to ask questions about why you
don't have a mommy.
Yeah, of course they are. And we'll talk to him about
that. And it's going to be heartbreaking for him to
grow up and realize he hasn't got a mummy. But he's
so happy. I've never seen a more contented child. And
you have never seen two more contented people as David and