Long time gay rights advocate Sir Elton John has lost his mother, only six months after reuniting with her.
Sheila Farebrother, 92, passed away early Monday morning, and John took to Instagram to announce her passing:
“So sad to say that my mother passed away this morning. I only saw her last Monday and I am in shock. Travel safe Mum. Thank-you for everything. I will miss you so much. Love, Elton (sic)”
The two had fallen out back in 2008 when John, insisted that his mother cut all ties with two of his former team members. She refused, and up until May of this year the pair had been out of any form of communication.
“I’m not a person to be controlled or told what I’ve got to do. I’m not being controlled by anybody. I don’t care what it is. Even if I was destitute I wouldn’t be controlled by anybody. Also, why should I be alone and not talk to nice friends nearby and people I’ve known all through his career? I had no intention of dropping John and Bob and I told Elton so. He told me I thought more of Bob Halley than I did of my own son. And to that I said to him,
‘And you think more of that f***ing thing you married than your own mother.’ Those were the last words I spoke to him. That’s what it’s all about. I suppose he was horrified because I dared to disobey.”
John reached out to his mother earlier this year, after being hospitalized with a serious bacterial infection that at one point was actually life threatening.
On Mothers Day this year, John posted a pic of the two together on Instagram, along with the statement: “Dear Mum, Happy Mother’s Day! So happy we are back in touch. Love, Elton xo,” His mother also hired an Elton John tribute act to perform at her 90th birthday party, according to Sky News”
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