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Elton John on His Struggle With Addiction: 'I Am a Survivor'

Elton John opened up about his struggle with addiction and success to Variety‘s Marc Malkin at the Cannes Film Festival.

John’s biopic “Rocketman” debuted at Cannes. The film covers the musician’s artistry as well as his lavish lifestyle and substance abuse.

“I am a survivor,” John said. “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.”

“The life I was leading, flying on the Starship [his legendary private plane], living in beautiful houses, buying things left, right and center — it was not a normal life, not the sort of life I came from anyway,” he said. “I lost complete touch with that. I vowed when I did change my life that that would never happen again.”

The singer discussed how he’s grown since becoming sober. “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,” John said, laughing. “I have a confrontation problem which I don’t have anymore because I learned if you don’t communicate and you don’t talk about things then you’re never going to find a solution.”

He also talked about his challenging upbringing. “I’ve come to understand — as you get older you understand — the circumstances [my parents] went through,” he said. “I’m not angry or bitter about that whatsoever, but it did leave a scar and that scar took a long time to heal — and maybe it will never heal totally.”

Rocketman” hits theaters May 31.

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