Last night, Elton said he wasn't a very nice person for a long time.
For 16 years, he explained, he was a self-centered drug addict. ''But I'm OK now,'' he added.
Elton was at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Celebration of American Philanthropy, where he received a Lifetime Achievement Award for the work of his AIDS foundation.
The vocalist sat opposite Michael O’Neill, the chairman of Citigroup, Inc., a fan of Candle in the Wind, and Shaun Donovan, secretary of housing and urban development, who said he preferred Rocket Man.
“I always cried when I heard it as a kid,” Donovan said.
Thomas Perez, secretary of labour, said he likes Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.
The event drew the president of the Rockefeller Foundation, Judith Rodin, and Rockefellers including Jay Rockefeller, a senator, and David Rockefeller Jr., the organisation’s chairman.
“This organization has a long association with people named John,” David Rockefeller Jr.,told the guest of honor, referring to his great-grandfather,John D. Rockefeller, and grandfather, John Rockefeller Sr.
John said he was inspired by the Rockefeller Foundation’s historic campaign to eradicate hookworm and other diseases.