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On last night’s Jimmy Kimmel Live, Elton sat down for a chat before closing the show by playing his new single, Looking Up.

The singer told the host: “If someone said to me ten years ago that I’d be sitting in Los Angeles in my house…with two children, I’d have said you put acid in my drink.”

He added:

“Everything in my life that’s happened to me has been for a good reason. My bad behaviour got me sober, my sobriety got me my husband, my husband then got me my two children, and everything’s been fantastic. I can’t complain.”

Elton then talked about his 49-year-history with Bernie Taupin, explaining their working relationship might be odd for some, but what’s not broken doesn’t need fixing. “You know, when I first started writing with Bernie, it was exactly the same as it is now. I would get a lyric, I would go away and write the melody and play it for him. That’s never changed. It’s the same thing now. It’s as exciting now as it was then.”

In their now-32-record history, Elton recalled only one song for which he wrote the melody before Taupin put pen to paper: Don’t Go Breaking My Heart, the hit 1976 collaboration with Kiki Dee

“It’s strange, but it works,” Elton said of his relationship with Bernie, “so I don’t question it.”

Asked about new month’s EJAF Academy Awards Viewing Party, Elton said the theme would be ”Wonderful Crazy Night” (the name of his new album) and that he would be the evening’s entertainer.