John has always been a live and let live kind of guy, and he’s encouraged others to be true to themselves, too. However, the activist singer seems to draw the line when it comes to freedom of the press.
John came out as bisexual in the not-so-woke year of 1976, and after a brief marriage to a woman named Renate Blauel, he revealed that he identified as homosexual. He’s been with his partner, David Furnish, since 1993, and they wed in 2014. However, these spouses allegedly have an “arrangement” — their marriage is open.
In 2016, the National Enquirer interviewed English businessman Daniel Laurence, who related (in extreme detail) the story of his many alleged encounters with Furnish, which sometimes included a third party and sometimes included olive oil wrestling. And that’s when John’s seemingly laissez faire attitude took a turn.
The singer asked for and received a court injunction to block publications from mentioning his and Furnish’s names in the press in England and Wales, claiming that releasing details about their love life would be “devastating” to their family. “Privacy injunctions are a touchy subject in Great Britain, where they have been criticized as a tool for the rich and powerful to hide damning or even hypocritical details of their private lives,” reported Canada’s National Post.
Of course, the court order didn’t stop publications outside the jurisdiction from running with the story. Neighboring Scotland’s Daily Record had this to say about John and Furnish: “It is not about the stories they are trying to stop but the absurdity of trying to prevent a free press identifying them when the whole world already knows who they are.”