Elton John has announced he’s bringing down the curtain on his tours to spend more time with his sons.
The Rocketman has gushed his two lads Zachary, five, and three-year-old Elijah, have changed his and husband David Furnish’s lives so dramatically it’s time to call it a day with life on the road.
He added his biggest regret was not becoming a father sooner – so he could have a daughter.
Elton, 68, said: “I wish I’d done it earlier, because I’d love to have a little girl. But we have two great boys, they make life all worthwhile – it’s all about them now.”
He adds in an interview with Ross King on ITV’s Lorraine show to be aired tomorrow: “I was in the Far East before Christmas and Australia. I had a ball, but I was away from my boys and it’s hard.
“I’m going to stop travelling as much. If you don’t, what’s the point having children?
“There’ll come a time when I don’t travel at all and I’ll just do isolated residencies somewhere.”
The Tiny Dancer star added he and David, 53, are insistent on not becoming ‘pushy’ showbiz parents to their boys, who were born to a surrogate mother.
He said: “I’m not putting any pressure on them to do anything.
“They are not going to become showbiz kids, we don’t dress them in designer clothes, they just have a normal background.
“It’s hard to keep their feet on the ground but so far, so good. They know what daddy does they know he’s a singer but they are more interested in their torches and Lego.”
One rule he has is to stop his kids watching The Lion King – because he thinks the scene where lion Mufasa dies would be too disturbing for their young minds.
He said: “The boys know I wrote songs for The Lion King but I think they’re too young to watch it. The death of Mufasa was just too sad. It’s too much.”