Elton John celebrates 29 years of sobriety

Elton John celebrates 29 years of sobriety

Anyone who watched the Elton John biopic, Rocketman, will have been particularly upset - assuming they're a diehard fan - by the scenes which showed the megastar at the lowest points of his once-troubled life.

The movie's most poignant scenes perfectly demonstrated the depths of Elton's despair as his addiction to drugs and alcohol began to take a toll on his mental and physical health.

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Fortunately, the Tiny Dancer singer did manage to turn his life around with the support of his friends, bandmates, and a few important life lessons along the way.

On Sunday, in fact, the 72-year-old musician celebrated 29 years of sobriety with a heartfelt post on Instagram.

The post included a photo of his Alcoholics Anonymous sobriety badge with the words "to thine one self be true", "unity," "strength," and "recovery" engraved on it.

He captioned it: "29 years ago today, I was a broken man. I finally summoned up the courage to say 3 words that would change my life: “I need help”. Thank-you to all the selfless people who have helped me on my journey through sobriety. I am eternally grateful."

Needless to say, the comments section was flooded with messages of support and congratulations.

Director Sam Taylor Johnson wrote "I love you", while actress Liz Hurley posted six love heart emojis.

Over the past few years, Elton has been noticeably more open about his addiction struggles.

He began his road to recovery in 1990 after checking himself into Chicago's Parkside Lutheran Hospital.

"I am a survivor," Elton told Variety in May. "I've survived a lot of things. Life is full of pitfalls, even when you're sober. I can deal with them now because I don't have to run away and hide."

He continued: "What I couldn’t do when I was an addict was communicate, except when I was on cocaine I thought I could but I talked rubbish. I have a confrontation problem which I don’t have any more because I learned if you don’t communicate and you don’t talk about things then you’re never going to find a solution."