Sir Elton John has spoken about his experience of homeschooling his two children, Zachary, ten, and eight-year-old Elijah.
“It’s not easy!” the 73-year-old admitted, as he spoke to ITV News Arts Editor Nina Nannar. “We’ve been here since May… It’s very hard, but they’ve been amazing.”
“Children need to interact with each other. But the circumstances are what they are….
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“We are in a situation which, I hope, is getting better with the vaccinations of people but you just have to pray that the situation gets better because people have been through terrible hardships.”
Elton shares his two boys with husband, David Furnish; the couple have been together since 1993 and welcomed Zachary via surrogate in December 2010, followed by younger brother Elijah, who was born in 2013 via the same surrogate.
Sir Elton and David are incredibly proud parents
Despite their father’s extraordinary fame, they go out of their way to keep their boys grounded.
In a rare personal interview with the Guardian in 2016, Sir Elton remarked: “I’m their dad, I’m famous, they live an extraordinary life. David and I talk about it all the time, we’re fully aware of the pitfalls that might happen.
The couple have been together since 1993
“They are spoilt in the way they live and how they’re living, but they’re not spoilt when it comes to the rules they have to live by. They get £3 pocket money, but £1 is for charity, £1 is for saving and £1 is for spending, they get three coins and put them in separate jars.
“And they have to work for it – help in the kitchen, help in the garden. They’ve got to learn the value of doing something and earning something for themselves.”
Zachary and Elijah are kept grounded by their parents
The Rocketman star continued: “They live a very local life in Old Windsor, they go round their mates’ houses, it’s not a showbiz life as such. They’re not stuck behind the gates of a mansion.
“Saturdays when I’m home, we go to Pizza Hut with them, we go to Waterstones, we go to the cinema. I’ve never been a recluse, I’ve never hidden away. I’m on the school run.”
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