Elton John On Husband/Manager David Furnish’s Unpopularity: ‘I Call Him Yoko’

Elton John has made some big changes recently, ousting his longtime management and installing husband David Furnish as his “CEO,”; taking the reins of the rock icon’s career. In an interview with The Sun, Sir Elton jokes about Furnish making some tough decisions that have not been well received by everyone.

“David has taken over the complete reins,”; says the 69-year-old star. “We’re a family business now and we’re trying to get rid of people we really don’t need.”;

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As he explains: “We just changed some assistants. It’s very unfortunate and I’m very sad about it but we’re trying to run a tight ship. I want to have a business that I can pass on to my boys. Not that they’re going to be musicians but I wanted to make sure I’m going to leave them something really worthwhile.”;

This, adds Sir Elton, is not exactly endearing his husband to those bearing the brunt of those decisions. “And when you do that, you’ve got to become unpopular,”; he adds. “David is Mr. Unpopular but he’s making the decisions that have to be made.”;

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He adds jokingly: “I call him Yoko now because a lot of people don’t like what he’s doing,”; referencing the wife of the late John Lennon, whom fans blamed for the breakup of The Beatles.

And while Toronto-born Furnish may indeed be unpopular in some circles, he’s hailed as a hero in others.

“He went to a dinner recently,”; revealed Sir Elton, “and the head of Universal told him, ‘We’ve never been happier with Elton.’ In the past, my management would say, ‘We want more money.’ It was never, ‘What can we both do together?’ It was always a one-way street.”;

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In the interview, Sir Elton also reveals his hopes of meeting Russian President Vladimir Putin to discuss easing the country’s draconian laws regarding homosexuality.

“I’m not going to go to Putin and say, “You’ve got to do this and you’ve got to do that.’ There’s no way! Because who the f*** am I? But I’m going to sit down, have a cup of tea with him and finally broach the subject of LGBT.”;

He adds: “I’ll do anything to help someone make their life better but I’m under no illusion that it’s going to be me who changes things. If enough people try, in the end it will happen. If one domino falls, then so will others.”;

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