Elton John announces “cathartic” autobiography offering “the truth” about his life

The memoir will be published later this year

Elton John is set to release his “first and only autobiography” later this year, it has been announced.

The iconic pop star has confirmed the release of the memoir – the title of which is yet to be revealed – on his official Twitter account.

“My life has been one helluva roller coaster ride and I’m now ready to tell you my story, in my own words,” he captioned a video in which he announced the news.

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In the clip, he added: “Here I am in my favourite bookshop, John Sandoe in Chelsea, in London. I just wanted to tell you I have a book coming out, which is my first autobiography.

“I can’t wait for you to read it because it’s the truth and so many books written about me haven’t exactly been truthful. I can’t wait for you to see what I have to say about my life.”

The book will be released in October 2019 and will be published by Macmillan’s Henry Holt & Co. On their website, the publisher said: “A multiple Grammy-winning legend and flamboyant superstar, Elton is the most enduringly successful singer/songwriter of all time. Fans have been eagerly waiting for him to tell his story. Now the wait is (almost) over.”

John first revealed he was writing the book two years ago. “I’m not prone to being a nostalgic person,” he said at the time. “I’m often accused of only looking forward to my next gig or creative project. It’s come as quite a surprise how cathartic I am finding the process of writing my memoirs. As I look back, I realise what a crazy life I have had the extreme privilege of living.”

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The star is currently touring the US as part of his Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour, which will be his last ever. He is due to bring the show to the UK in June when he will perform at Hove 1st Central County Ground and Cardiff’s Cardiff City Stadium.

Meanwhile, a biopic focusing on his breakthrough years is due for release on May 24. Rocketman will star Taron Egerton as John, while Bryce Dallas Howard, Richard Madden, and Jamie Bell will also appear.

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