President Vladimir Putin ‘loves’ Sir Elton John’s music.
Warmonger Russia’s 70-year-old president congratulated the 76-year-old “Rocketman” singer on WhatsApp on his birthday despite the country’s persecution of the LGBTQ+ community.
Sir Elton’s husband, David Furnish, 60, told The Guardian about Putin’s message. “Every year on March 25th, I get a message on WhatsApp from the Minister of Health of Russia: ‘We wish Elton a happy birthday. We wish him luck and love.’ His music is amazing. .”
“So it’s a strange paradox.
“It doesn’t make sense for them to WhatsApp me on Elton’s birthday saying, ‘They did it several times in a row on their birthdays.'”
David, who has two children with Elton, Zachary, 13, and Elijah, 10, joked, “I always make sure I never open any attachments.”
“I don’t want to end up like Jeff Bezos,” he said, noting that the Amazon founder’s phone was hacked courtesy of WhatsApp from the Saudi Crown Prince.
David also said Putin once called his home landline in 2015 to apologize to the singer after two pranksters called him pretending to be Russian leaders.
“President Putin himself was very surprised by this and wanted to call him directly to say, ‘I’m sorry that this happened,'” he said.
“I remember getting a phone call. The whole house froze. President Vladimir Putin is calling your home landline. Perfect English.
“He just said, ‘I’m sorry someone called you and pretended to be me, because you don’t deserve to be pranked or treated like that.’ I would love to talk to you about it.”
Elton attacked Putin in 2019 for claiming that Russia had “no problem” with LGBTQ+ people, in a series of tweets.
“I strongly disagree with your view that pursuing policies that are multicultural and sexually diverse is outdated in our society.
“I think you are duplicitous in your comment that you want LGBT people to be ‘happy’ and ‘we have no problem with that’.
“However, the Russian distributor has made my film Rocket by removing all references to my finding true happiness through my 25-year relationship with David and how I raised my two beautiful sons. Mann’ has chosen to censor heavily.
“This feels like hypocrisy to me. I am proud to live in a part of the world where governments have evolved to recognize the universal human right to love whoever we want.”
“And I am truly grateful for the progress in government policy that allowed and legally supported my marriage to David.
“This has brought us great comfort and happiness.”