Who is Elton John's husband David Furnish? Canadian filmmaker directed singer's documentary 'Tantrum & Tiaras'
Singer, songwriter, pianist and composer Sir Elton John is one of the best-selling music artists of all time. Having been accoladed with five Grammy Awards, five Brit Awards; including for Outstanding Contribution to Music, two Academy Awards, two Golden Globes, a Tony Award and a Disney Legends Award, Elton John's highly adorned music career compares to nothing with the romances of his personal life. Elton John, 73, is married to David Furnish, 57, for almost 28 years.
The 'maiden voyage' of Elton John and David Furnish's blissful tale of love which spanned over more than two decades was a dinner in 1993. Twenty-eight years after their first meeting, Elton and David are as much in love with each other as they were when they started dating. The couple is spotted together only during award functions, and occasionally on the red carpet or the fundraisers. Here's everything you need to know about Sir Elton John's husband, David Furnish.
Who is Elton John's husband David Furnish?
Born to Gladys and Jack Furnish on October 25, 1962, David Furnish is a Canadian filmmaker, producer, and director, originally from Toronto. He is famously noted for directing Elton's documentary 'Tantrum & Tiaras' in 1997. David's other celebrated works include 'Pride and Predator', 'Gnomeo and Juliet', and 'It's a Boy Girl Thing'.
Furnish is the co-chief of Rocket Pictures along with his husband, Sir Elton John, and also serves on the board of the Elton John AIDS Foundation. The filmmaker is a contributing editor for Tatler magazine and a regular columnist for 'Interview' and GQ. Furnish was named one of GQ's 50 best-dressed men in Britain in 2015.
Elton John and David Furnish's first meeting
Elton and David had first met in 1993. "I went back to my house in Windsor for a while. I wanted to meet new people so I rang up a friend in London and said, 'Could you please rattle some new people together for dinner here Saturday?" Elton told Parade. "I was attracted to David immediately. He was very well dressed, very shy. The next night we had dinner, " he added.
In May 2005, Elton popped the question to David at a dinner party at one of their Windsor homes in May 2005 and on December 21, 2005, they became one of the first couples in the UK to form a civil partnership. Nine years later, they got married when gay marriage became legal in the UK.
Reflecting on his relationship with David, Elton told Zane Lowe that their love for one another has "gotten better and better and better." "Our love has grown stronger and stronger, " adding, “And you have to work at it, you know you’re married.” Elton John and David Furnish serve on the board of the Elton John AIDS charity together. Every year, they host a black-tie event to raise millions of dollars for the foundation that's near and dear to Elton's heart. The couple was honored with the Human Rights Campaign Equality Award in 2014.
Elton John and David Furnish's children
The couple has two children born via surrogacy, Zachary Jackson Levon, born on December 25, 2010, and Elijah Joseph Daniel, born on January 11, 2013.
"Our boys came into our life at a late time. I've never experienced anything like it, being a father and being a parent. There's no contest. I'd rather be with my children than playing shows, " Elton told Good Morning America. “(Having children) makes all the difference because it’s about them, not you,” the musician told Zane Lowe. “And it’s the greatest thing you’ll ever know.” He continued, “People say, ‘Well, I disagree, I don’t want children’ and that’s fine — I would have said the same thing, until I had them. Then it was like, ‘Wow this is it? Are you kidding me?’ If I was 15 years younger, I’d have two or three more. Without question.”
Elton and David are doting parents and can't stop gushing about the joys of parenthood. "If you'd had said to me 10 years ago I'd be sitting on your show married to the man I love and have two beautiful children I would have said, 'You put acid in my drink," Elton told Ellen DeGeneres. "But life throws you challenges and life throws you curveballs — and great curveballs. These two children have come along at a time I never thought I'd have children. They are the greatest thing in our lives, " he added. "At the end of the day, our life is the same as everyone else's. We're sitting around the table, looking at the newspapers, drinking coffee, watching television, playing with the dogs, and playing with the kids, "David told CTV.
The couple ensures to give their children as normal of a life as possible keeping them away from the limelight. They've been pretty vocal about how they'll make their children earn (their own) money and learn the value of hard work.