Elton John’s ex-wife demands £3million payout after star wrote about marriage in autobiography

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SIR Elton John’s ex-wife is demanding £3million amid claims he broke the terms of their divorce deal.

Renate Blauel, 67, is suing after the star wrote about their four-year marriage in his recent autobiography.

Sir Elton John's ex-wife Renate Blauel is demanding £3million amid claims he broke the terms of their divorce deal

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Sir Elton John’s ex-wife Renate Blauel is demanding £3million amid claims he broke the terms of their divorce dealCredit: Hulton Archive – Getty

She claims comments in the book, which were entirely positive, broke the terms of an agreement they made when they split up in 1988 and triggered long-standing mental health problems.

Documents filed with the High Court in London this week outline German Renate’s case.

Sources close to Sir Elton, 73, say he has had an amicable relationship with his ex, and that the book contains nothing not already in the public domain.

One said: “Elton is shocked and saddened by Renate’s claim, especially as he has only ever praised her publicly.”

Elton met sound engineer Renate in 1983 while working on his Too Low for Zero album.

Sir Elton went on to marry David Furnish and has two kids

Sir Elton went on to marry David Furnish and has two kidsCredit: Reuters
Elton met sound engineer Renate in 1983 while working on his Too Low for Zero album
Elton met sound engineer Renate in 1983 while working on his Too Low for Zero albumCredit: Rex Features

The pair wed a year later but divorced in 1988.

The court papers state Sir Elton agreed to remove certain passages before publication of the book, Me, last year.

But in one that was published, he admitted regret at “breaking the heart” of Renate.

A source added: “He has always had a very pleasant relationship with Renate, respects her enormously and would never have said anything revealing about their marriage.”

Sir Elton went on to marry David Furnish and has two kids.

Renate is suing after the star wrote about their marriage in his recent autobiography

Renate is suing after the star wrote about their marriage in his recent autobiograph 

His team also said he had not been aware of her health issues.A friend added: “He very much hopes she will see sense and drop this case.”

Renate previously  sought an in­junction against the star, thought to be over the re­lease of 2019 film Rocketman.

Sources close to Sir Elton say he has had an amicable relationship with his ex

Sources close to Sir Elton say he has had an amicable relationship with his exCredit: Getty Images – Getty

Renate claims comments in Elton's autobiography, Me, broke the terms of an agreement they made when they split up in 1988

Renate claims comments in Elton’s autobiography, Me, broke the terms of an agreement they made when they split up in 1988

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