“Rocketman” earned rave reviews and a five-minute standing ovation at its recent premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, but the film’s subject admits some scenes in the rock biopic have been uncomfortable to watch.

In an interview with the Daily Telegraph (via the Daily Mail), Elton John says he was adamant that the film depict all aspects of his life, including his struggles with bulimia, drugs, mental health and even his own sexuality.

“This is how my life was, and I didn’t want to cover it and gloss it over,” Sir Elton told the Telegraph.

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“And it’s difficult to watch because I thought, ‘God, I don’t want to go back there, thank God I came out of it.'”

As Sir Elton recalls, his meteoric rise to superstardom became a case of too much, too fast.

“Success was fantastic and then I couldn’t cope with it,” he added. “And you can’t leave out the bad.”

“Rocketman” hits theatres on Friday, May 31.

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