'I’m grateful for those years of sex and drugs': Sir Elton John claims his 'awful' addiction battle helped shape who he is today and led him to meet husband David Furnish

Sir Elton John admitted that he's 'grateful for those years of sex and drugs' as it led him to meet husband David Furnish.

Speaking to GQ Hype on Monday, the iconic singer, 72, claimed he spent 16 years of his life 'getting f***ed up' and 29 'getting better.'

Admitting he wouldn't be the person he is today without his past addiction battle, the Rocketman hitmaker explained: 'I’m grateful for those years of sex and drugs, although I despise looking back on them.' 

'I’m grateful for those years of sex and drugs': Sir Elton John claimed on Monday that his 'awful' addiction battle helped shape who he is today as it led him to meet husband David Furnish

'I’m grateful for those years of sex and drugs': Sir Elton John claimed on Monday that his 'awful' addiction battle helped shape who he is today as it led him to meet husband David Furnish

'I had a good time at the beginning, but at the end it was just awful. But if I hadn’t have gone through them, I wouldn’t be sitting here having the great life I have now. I would have never met David [Furnish].

'I would never have had children. I spent 16 years getting f***ed up and 29 years getting better.' 

The singer entered into a civil partnership with Canadian filmmaker David Furnish, 56, in December 2005, before tying the knot when same-sex marriage became legal in England and Wales in March 2014. They share sons Zachary, eight, and Elijah, six.

Honest: Sir Elton said, 'At the end it was just awful. But if I hadn’t have gone through them, I wouldn’t be sitting here having the great life I have now' (pictured in 1973)

Honest: Sir Elton said, 'At the end it was just awful. But if I hadn’t have gone through them, I wouldn’t be sitting here having the great life I have now' (pictured in 1973)

In July, Sir Elton admitted he was a 'broken man' during his struggle with substance abuse, and expressed his gratitude towards the 'selfless people' who helped him stay clean for nearly three decades.

The I'm Still Standing hitmaker wrote on his widely-followed social media account: '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', the musician added.

Candid: In July, the musician admitted he was a 'broken man' during his struggle with substance abuse and posted an Instagram snap of his Alcoholics Anonymous Token badge

Candid: In July, the musician admitted he was a 'broken man' during his struggle with substance abuse and posted an Instagram snap of his Alcoholics Anonymous Token badge

The singer also shared a snap of the Alcoholics Anonymous Token badge he received after he completed his course with the mutual aid fellowship, which read: 'To Thine Own Self be True. Unity, Recovery and Service'.

Elton has been captivating audiences with his chart-topping hits since the late 60s, but the first half of his career was plagued with addictions to drugs, alcohol, sex and shopping — as well as his battle with bulimia.

Reflecting on his wild past, the belter said to Variety at this year's Cannes Film Festival: 'The life I was leading, flying on the Starship, living in beautiful houses, buying things left, right and center — it was not a normal life.

Back in the day: The first half of his career was plagued with addictions to drugs, alcohol, sex and shopping — as well as his battle with bulimia (pictured with Cher in August 1975)

Back in the day: The first half of his career was plagued with addictions to drugs, alcohol, sex and shopping — as well as his battle with bulimia (pictured with Cher in August 1975)

'I used to have spasms and be found on the floor and they’d put me back to bed and half an hour later I’d be doing the same. It’s crazy.

'I am a survivor. I’ve survived a lot of things. Life is full of pitfalls, even when you’re sober. I can deal with them now because I don’t have to run away and hide', he added.

Since his time in the spotlight, Elton has become one of the world's best-selling music artists, with over 200 million certified units sold across the globe.

See the full interview available online now via GQ HYPE. 

'I am a survivor': Reflecting on his wild past, the belter recently said the life he used to lead was 'not normal'

'I am a survivor': Reflecting on his wild past, the belter recently said the life he used to lead was 'not normal'

Sir Elton John says his addiction battle made him who he is today

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