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Elton John celebrates 29 years of sobriety

Elton John arrives to attend a Midsummer Party for the Elton John Aids Foundation in Antibes, France, July 24, 2019.

Elton John arrives to attend a Midsummer Party for the Elton John Aids Foundation in Antibes, France, July 24, 2019.   | Photo Credit: Reuters

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By his own admission, John had “quite a lot” of drugs in the ‘70s and ‘80s.

Music legend Elton John is celebrating 29 years of abstinence from alcohol and drugs.

The 72-year-old singer took to Instagram on Monday to share the news.

“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,” John wrote.

The veteran musician shared the picture of a coin, which is given to Alcoholics Anonymous members when achieve a milestone in their journey, featured a Roman numeral XXIX (meaning 29) engraved on it, along with words “Service”, “Unity” and “Recovery”.

“To thine own self be true,” a phrase from Shakespeare’s “Hamlet”, is also engraved on the coin.

By his own admission, John had “quite a lot” of drugs in the ‘70s and ‘80s.

The music icon’s drug addiction, which was one of the challenging themes in his biopic “Rocketman”, was explored in the film which starred Taron Egerton in the title role.

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