Elton John has discussed his gentle approach to parenting his two sons Zachary, nine, and Elijah, six, after his own turbulent childhood.
The musician, 72, who shares his brood with husband David Furnish, has shared that he refuses to ‘hit or shout’ at his kids after he had to ‘walk on eggshells’ as a child himself.
“‘I was determined I was not going to hit them, I was determined I was not going to shout at them,” the hitmaker revealed to the Daily Mail.
Detailing his preferred way of parenting, he shared: “They were going to be disciplined, but they were going to be disciplined in a way where we talked about things.
“I don’t want them to live any of their lives in fear and they don’t. They’re amazing children.”
In October last year, Elton spoke out about his relationship with his late mother and revealed that she would have struggled with his children.
Elton’s mum, Sheila Farebrother, never met his two sons before she passes away in 2017.
Opening up during a chat with CBS Sunday Morning, said: “She never liked David. She never liked anybody. She never asked to see the children. But I’m glad they didn’t meet her, because she would have criticised them, like she criticised me.”
Elton added: “She couldn’t help herself. She’s a sociopath.”
Despite reconciling before she died, Elton said that nothing changed in the their relationship.
The legendary singer continued: “The only thing that changed was I didn’t lose my temper.
“I knew what was coming, and I let her get on with it. And I just said, ‘I love you, Mum,’ and she said, ‘I love you, too. I don’t like you, but I love you. But I don’t like you.’”
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