British tabloid newspaper The Sun reported on September 24, 2001, that Elton John fancies women. He confessed he often eyes up girls in the street - even though he has not slept with a woman since 1988.
But Elton reckons it is unlikely he will ever sleep with a woman again. He sees his relationship with partner David Furnish lasting for life. In an interview with The Sun - Elton's first for more than 20 years - he lifts the lid on his wild life of sex, drugs and booze and admits he is lucky to be alive.
He says the last woman he slept with was his ex-wife, sound engineer Renate Blauel, 13 years ago.
Even so, Elton says: "I can be driving along and see a woman walking down the street. If I like the way she walks or dresses I think, 'Phwoar! She's gorgeous'. The other day an incredibly good-looking woman was interviewing me in Spain. She was unbelievable, astonishing. She was only about 22. Of course I think that. Even though I'm gay I don't just fancy men.
"A woman can walk in the room and I'm like, 'Cor!' I'll do the same with men though - 'Oh, he's good looking'. But will I sleep with a woman again? Probably not. I'm very happy with David. I love women. A lot of my best friends are women - they're so intelligent and so perceptive.
"Gianni Versace was super-gay, as he used to say, and he idolised women and the female form. I saw Nicole Kidman at the Moulin Rouge film and I thought, 'Wow' - she looks radiant and a different woman since she's left Tom (Cruise). She looked cold and in his shadow before but now she's blossomed.
"I really fancy her - she is sexy. I find Julia Roberts beautiful too. It's like with Elizabeth Hurley - she's more beautiful just in jeans and a T-shirt at the breakfast table - which I've been lucky enough to see." He says of Renate, to whom he was married for three years: "She was the last woman I slept with, in 1988 or something. We are still in touch and she is fantastic."
In settling down, Elton has curbed his wild desires - the couple have even exchanged gold rings which they wear on their wedding fingers. He confesses: "Before I met David, sexually it was fabulous but very dangerous and irresponsible. I am very lucky - I should be dead, if not through the amount of drugs I've taken, then from the amount of unsafe sex I've had. I've got to put my life to good use and enjoy the rest of it. I feel I'm like a cat with nine lives and I've already had five of them.
"There are a lot of people I've been close to, like John Lennon and Gianni Versace who have died - they were both murdered on their front doorsteps. I live my life from day to day and I have a very full life because of that. I get up and cram a lot in and do as much as I can because of the tragedy I've seen - you just never know what's going to happen. As far as David and I are concerned, it will be eight years in October. It's the longest relationship I've had by miles. I was mature enough by the time I found him," he said.
"This is a tricky business to have relationships in but he has a nine-to-five job which he loves. He doesn't let me get away with anything.
"He's confrontational - he's very supportive and I am of him. We have the same interests in life - except he's not that keen on football and I'm not that keen on wave boarding. Apart from that, we fit hand in glove and I'm very proud of him and what he's doing with the film company. We both pick each other up when we're down.
"When he comes home and is tired and says he's banging his head against a brick wall I help him out and lift him and with this album I've been a bit of a nightmare because it means so much to me and I've had my doubts. Call David and he'll tell you that I've been a f***ing nightmare. He's been great, though."
Elton and David have even considered adopting a child. As he sips Ovaltine in the lounge of his Windsor mansion, surrounded by Brit Awards, Grammies and Oscars, he explains: "That was when David came back from Africa. He said it would be wonderful to give a kid a home and we talked about it sensibly. I was very tempted but I'd be 70 by the time the kid was 16. I don't want to be worrying about whether my kid is taking drugs when I'm that age.
"I've worked too hard for that, I'm too selfish. I'd rather give the money away and sponsor some kid so he can stay in his own country and it would make a difference where he lives. I said no - if I was 20 years younger I'd say yes. I have no regrets. I am who I am and I have a fabulous life.
"I wear a ring on my wedding finger - I bought these rings when we'd been going out for something like two weeks when we were in Paris.
"I bought one for me and one for him. Weddings depress me - I'd rather go to a good funeral when you're paying tribute to someone's life. I've been to so many weddings when it's been over and done with in the next year or so. I have no desire to get married to David but if it did help him financially and give the benefits when I die then I would. Gay couples aren't given that. I wouldn't like to suddenly pop off and leave him with an enormous tax bill.
"It is the wrong reason to do it but I would if necessary in some small ceremony. I wouldn't have a big ceremony. "I don't have any desire to get married - I'm with David for life anyway. I did it once."