Sir Elton John celebrated 29 years of sobriety with a poignant Instagram post on Monday (29.07.19).
The 'I'm Still Standing' hitmaker confessed he was a "broken man" before he got help for his alcohol addiction.
He wrote on Instagram: "29 years ago today, I was a broken man. I finally summoned up the courage to say 3 words that would change my life, 'I need help.' Thank you to all the selfless people who have helped me on my journey through sobriety. I am eternally grateful. (sic)"
Elton previously revealed he believes the rejection he received from his late father led him into the vicious spiral of drink and drugs.
He said: "He never told me he loved me, he didn't hold me, and he didn't come to see me perform. He was taught that love had limits. You don't show it in public. You don't even show it in private. And if your son isn't quite like you, and he's pretty ******* different from you in fact, then your love becomes cut off and inexpressible."
Despite his troubled past, the 'Your Song' hitmaker believes a positive came out of his fractured relationship with his dad because it encouraged him to shower his children Zachary and Elijah, who he raises with his husband David Furnish, with affection every single day of their lives.
He explained: "When we had our own children, I never stopped telling them I loved them, and they never stop telling me they love me. My son Zachary the other day said, 'I love you all the way up to God.' He trots it out on a regular basis in different guises, and so does Elijah. And it means to me that we're doing a good job raising our children, that they feel loved, that they feel nurtured, that they feel tactile love as well as verbal love."