Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

What Is It about Elton the Fairy Godfather?

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

What Is It about Elton the Fairy Godfather?

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Byline: NICK CURTIS

ELIZABETH Hurley's choice of Sir Elton John as godparent to her son shows she has discerning taste in fairy godfathers, if not in fathers.

It's not just that Elton has loaned the actress and single mum his paparazzi-proof Windsor home while she recovers from her Caesarean, nor that Damian was allegedly conceived during a happy holiday with Steve Bing at Elton's French villa last July. It's not even that he's both fabulously rich and wise in the ways of the world, well placed to furnish little Damian with cautionary guidance as well as extravagant birthday presents. It's simply that Elton is the best friend a wellknown woman could have and, by enlisting him as godfather, Hurley has merely cemented her longstanding place in that glamorous but platonic sorority, the Girlfriends of Elton.

Who did Victoria Beckham run to in tears when Geri Halliwell left the Spice Girls?

Elton. Who can Liz Taylor rely on as a big spender at an Aids charity fundraiser?

Elton. Who can a supermodel hang with, whether she's slathered with diamonds at a function or slumming it on holiday? Elton. Who can Lulu reminisce with about decades spent in showbusiness, or with the wrong kind of man?

Elton. Who could commiserate with Diana and Donatella over the murder of Gianni Versace? Elton. And who could Liza Minnelli laughingly forgive for suggesting that her ideal wedding present would be "a heterosexual husband"?

Elton, that's who.

Despite - or in some cases, because of - his reputation for queeny fits and bitchiness (fostered by the documentary Tantrums and Tiaras made by his partner David Furnish), Elton is amply qualified to be a girl's best friend.

Here is a man with no sexual agenda when he meets a woman, who is above social point-scoring, won't sell your story to the tabloids and won't compete with you (except, perhaps, sartorially). He has the fatherliness of age and the empathy and wisdom of experience, having been everywhere, done everything, and bought the rehab-clinic T-shirt.

He understands long-term relationships both heterosexual (remember his four-year relationship with Renate Blauel) and homosexual, and he has known betrayal and great romance. …

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