Elton John’s ex-wife Renate Blauel is demanding a £3m payout claiming the singer broke the terms of their divorce deal.
Blauel is suing the singer for writing about her in his autobiography, Me, which was released last year. They were married for four years from 1984 to 1988,
According to legal documents filed at London’s high court this week, the comments made in the book broke the terms of an agreement made when they divorced 32 years ago.
In one chapter John, who is now married and has two children with husband David Furnish, admitted “huge guilt and regret” for causing her hurt during the relationship.
He also wrote about having very limited contact with Blauel following their separation, but had invited her to meet his children because he “wanted her to be part of our lives, and us part of hers, in some way”.
“But she didn’t want to,” he said, “and I didn’t push the issue. I have to respect how she feels.”
The pair met in 1983 and, after becoming close friends, married on Valentine’s Day 1984 in Australia. They divorced four years later with John coming out as gay soon after.