Renate Blauel, the ex wife of Sir Elton John has launched legal proceedings against the singer at the high court. It is a rare intervention by a woman who famously shuns the limelight.
Paperwork was filed last week by Blauel who is seeking an injunction against John, according to filings seen by the Guardian.
The German-born sound engineer met John in 1983 and they married the following year while on tour in Australia. The relationship ended in divorce in 1988.
In 1992, John said he was comfortable being gay and went on to meet his future husband, David Furnish the following year. They two have children.
John is named as the defendant in the legal filings. His representatives declined to comment on the case. The reason for the injunction application is unclear, but the approach is often taken in relation to privacy matters or to prevent publication of material.
Blauel’s lawyer confirmed paperwork had been filed but declined to expand on why she had felt the need to seek a high court injunction against her ex-husband after decades of silence.
In his autobiography, published last year, John describes his agony at his divorce from Blauel and his struggle to accept his sexuality.