'I am in shock... Thank you for everything': Elton John reveals his mother has died just months after they healed their nine-year rift - in heartbreaking Instagram post hours after performing in Spain
- The star, 70, in 'shock' after?Sheila Farebrother's death at the age of 92 today
- He said: 'I only saw her last Monday. Thank-you for everything. I'll miss you'
- Singer played Barcelona last night and has four more dates worldwide this week
- Sir Elton did not speak to his mother for around nine years after bitter row
- Mrs Farebrother was credited as a great support to superstar during his career
- They had a series of public rows over mutual friends and husband David Furnish?
- At her 90th birthday she had an Elton John impersonator perform at the party?
- But mother and son reconciled and he sent message on US mother's day 2017
Sir Elton John is in 'shock' today after he revealed his beloved mother Sheila has passed away aged 92 - months after they healed their long and painful rift.
The star, 70, had been estranged from Mrs Farebrother for around nine years until May this year following rows over mutual friends and his husband David Furnish.
Today he posted a photograph of them together in happier times and wrote on Instagram: 'So sad to say that my mother passed away this morning. I only saw her last Monday and I am in shock. Travel safe Mum. Thank-you for everything. I will miss you so much. Love, Elton'.???
Sir Elton was performing on stage at Palau Sant Jordi in Barcelona last night but hours later his?mother died in?West Sussex, where she lived. It is not known if he knew Mrs Farebrother was gravely ill.
The singer has 12 upcoming gigs in December, including in Hamburg tomorrow and in Monaco, Dubai and Lebanon later this week - but these dates have not been cancelled.??
Elton John has revealed his beloved mother has passed away Sheila ?- months after they healed their long-lasting rift
The star revealed the news on his official Instagram page today and described his grief and shock
Sir Elton was performing on stage at Palau Sant Jordi in Barcelona last night just before his mother died - it is not known if he knew she was gravely ill
Sir Elton, pictured with his mother and husband David Furnish after being knighted in 1998, had a series of damaging rows with his mum in recent years
Mrs Farebrother had encouraged her son to play piano from the age of three and was a constant throughout the majority of his extraordinary career.
Sir Elton in Barcelon last night on the eve of his mother's death
But their relationship faltered in recent years and she said two years ago her son 'hated' her after a series of bitter public rows.
Last year Sir Elton said: 'I don’t miss her. When she says things in the press, like, “I haven’t spoken to Elton since he married that f****** a****** David Furnish”. That was pretty hard to take'.
He added: 'I don’t hate my mother. I look after her but I don’t want her in my life.’
But they made up fully around six months ago, shortly after he was hospitalised for 12 days, including two nights in intensive care, after picking up a serious infection while touring South America.
In May he confirmed they were close again after he shared a throwback picture on Twitter to celebrate reconnecting with Mrs Farebrother on America's Mother's Day. 'So happy we are back in touch. Love, Elton.'??
Mother and son fell out in 2008 after she allegedly refused his request not to talk to two of their oldest friends.
His mother also said in 2015 she believed David Furnish attempted to take control of her son's life, at the expense of his old friends.
This was further inflamed when she claimed that Elton never told her she had become a grandmother when boys?Elijah and Zachary were born.?
Sir Elton, pictured with his mother at his ?50th birthday in 1997 and when he received an honourary doctorate?Royal Academy of Music in 2002, recently reconciled differences with his mother
Sheila and Elton at the height of his fame in 1976 - she has been credited for being a driving force behind his career and the star paid tribute to her today
In 2015 she told the Daily Mail that her son had called out of the blue and ordered her to cut off all contact with Bob Halley - Sir Elton's driver turned personal assistant, who he had fired after more than 30 years of service - and John Reid, with whom he had fallen out.
Elton John's falling out and reconciliation with his mother ?
1947: Elton John is born Reginald Dwight on March 25 to father Stanley and mother Sheila.?
As he grew up his father was largely absent and his mum encouraged him to play the piano from the age of three.
His parents divorce and Sheila remarries his stepfather John, and the couple encourage him to write songs and get him a job as a pub pianist age 15.?
She remained a strong and constant support during his long career.?
2008: Mother and son fall out after a row over mutual friends and his husband David Furnish's influence on his career
2015: Mrs Farebrother said that her son 'hated' her and gets an an Elton John impersonator at her 90th birthday party. He then sends a bunch of white orchids - his first contact for seven years.?
May 2017: He posts a US mother's day message saying he is 'happy they're in touch' - confirming they had reconciled their differences.
December 4, 2017: Sheila Farebrother dies aged 92.
Mrs Farebrother, who lived in a bungalow on the South Coast, said: 'I told him: 'I'm not about to do that and drop them. Bob is like a son to me. He has always been marvellous to me and he lives nearby and keeps an eye on me'.'?
She said Sir Elton flew into an expletive-filled rage, adding: 'To my utter amazement, he told me he hated me.
'And he banged the phone down. Imagine! To me, his mother!'
She is said to have told him during the row: 'I said to him, "And you think more of that f***ing thing you married than your own mother".'?
During that period, however, it is understood Sir Elton continued to support Sheila financially and to provide a roof over her head, despite all that has passed between them.?
He is also said to have paid ￡30,00 for her double hip replacement.?
At one point she filled the void left by her son with a tribute act to the pop star.
Sheila Farebrother hired him to provide the entertainment at her 90th birthday in March 2015 and would send emails to Mr Bacon, who himself described their link as 'quite surreal'.?
Prompted by the milestone birthday, Sir Elton got in touch with his mother for the first time in seven years, sending her white orchids.?
They then continued to work on their relationship until their reconciliation was properly confirmed by Sir Elton in May this year.?
The star last saw her a week ago.?
At one point she filled the void left by her son with a tribute act to the pop star, pictured together at her 90th birthday party
Sheila is helped out of her local Sainsbury's in 2016 as her relationship with her son improved
The singer says he has been spurred on to shower them with affection because he received none from his own father.
Elton took a swipe at his late father Stanley Dwight while giving a speech in which he said a lack of love had led him to drink and drugs.
He said recently: 'I never stop telling them I love them, and they never stop telling me they love me'.?
Speaking of his father, who died in 1991, he said: 'He never told me he loved me, he didn't hold me, and he didn't come to see me perform.'?
He said his father did not support his singing career and instead wanted him to be a banker or civil servant.?
Elton added: 'I've spent the rest of my life trying to prove to my father that I was a success. He's been dead [for] years and I'm still trying to prove the point.'?
The singer also spoke about the hurt he felt after his father remarried and had four children to whom 'he was so loving... in a way that he never was with me'.
He said that the rejection he felt led him to take cocaine and drink 'enough alcohol to burn New Orleans' before becoming sober in his 40s.
A feud healed in the nick of time: Elton and his mother 'fell out over a mutual friend and David Furnish' but made up with a simple bunch of orchids and star’s own brush with death?
Sheila Farebrother was her son's rock for many years but a cataclysmic falling out soured their relationship until it was repaired just months before her death aged 92.
Just six months ago mother and son reconciled after the singer, 70, had a brush with death after getting an infection while touring South America in April.
A month later he paid tribute to his mum on Mother's Day and Elton's husband David Furnish has been credited with pushing for his husband to reconcile his differences with her.
Sir Elton was born Reg Dwight to Sheila and father Stanley in 1947 but with his dad largely absent he was brought up by his music-loving mother who encouraged him to play piano aged three.
Elton John, then 24, at home with his mother Theresa and stepfather Fred in 1971, and the couple were his rock for many years
The couple divorced and his mother found love again with Elton's stepfather John, who loved the star as his own and the couple were a constant in his life as he hit superstardom while battling drink and drugs.
For a long time Mrs Farebrother got on well with David Furnish, so much so that she was a witness at their civil partnership ceremony at Windsor Guildhall in 2005.?
Mother and son, pictured together in 2002, had a huge falling out in 2008 with David Furnish getting some of the blame
Elton, 70, and David, 55, became civil partners when Sheila was working as Elton's housekeeper.?
But she quit in 2008 when Elton demanded she cut staff members Bob Halley, his former PA, and John Reid, his ex-manager, out of her life.?
She refused and he vowed never to speak to her again.
Sheila later accused David of turning her son against her and reportedly referred to him as that 'f***** thing', causing her son to slam the phone down.
Another highly significant move was her decision in the autumn of 2010, months after the fall-out, to sell 40 of her son's platinum and gold discs at auction, including the one for his first major hit single, Your Song.
She also put up for auction copies of recordings her son had given her over the years, as well as VIP passes she used for backstage access to her son when he was on tour.
Mrs Farebrother was proud beyond belief of Elton John — and no wonder. He is the third most successful artist in the history of the American charts, behind only Elvis Presley and the Beatles, with 56 top 40 singles in the U.S. He has a raft of awards, including Grammys and an Oscar.
Following the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, in 1997, Candle In The Wind became the biggest selling single of all time. Yet the collection of memorabilia sold for a rather modest ￡28,820 at auction in October 2010.
Elton, 70, and David, 55, became civil partners in 2005 when Sheila was working as Elton's housekeeper and she was a witness at the ceremony
At the time, Mrs Farebrother made light of the sale, explaining she had downsized and no longer had the room.??
Mrs Farebrother was not informed when her son became a father on Christmas Day 2010, after a surrogate mother gave birth to Elton and David's baby Zachary in California.
A few months later, she told a newspaper there was no plans in place to meet her grandson. 'I have no particular interest, really,' she said.
It is not known if she met Zachery or the couple's second son, Elijah, who was also born by surrogacy on January 11, 2013.?
After a war of words in the press his mother turned 90, and made the extraordinary decision to get an Elton John impersonator to perform at the bash.?
'Elton' launched into his first song, Daniel, and the audience were able to take a closer look at the performer.?
It gradually dawned on them that this was not the man himself, but a tribute singer called Paul Bacon.
Mrs Farebrother's hiring of a lookalike to sing at her milestone birthday party showed a lively sense of humour. And a certain toughness, too, given that she can find something to laugh about in such a situation.
After a war of words in the press his mother turned 90, and made the extraordinary decision to get an Elton John impersonator Paul Bacon (pictured together) to perform at the bash
She chose the playlist herself for the hourlong set — 16 of Elton's greatest hits, including Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Candle In The Wind, Your Song and I'm Still Standing and was up on the dance floor for most of it.
The last song was the 1976 No1 hit Don't Go Breaking My Heart, in which the phoney Elton performed a duet with the real Kiki Dee, one of the celebrity guests — along with former newsreader, Angela Rippon — who was present.
It led to her son, who was not invited, sending her white orchids but there were strong rumours that there was no reconciliation.
In 2016?Elton extended an olive branch to his mother Sheila again ?- by paying for her double hip replacement at a top private hospital.
But she said afterwards:?'It is good of him to pay and I do appreciate it. I would love it [a reconciliation] to happen - I am his mother. But I don't see it happening, at least not while Mr Furnish is around.'
But it was Elton being forced to cancel a series of big shows after a ‘potentially deadly’ infection that led to mother and son moving on together just in the nick of time.?
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