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Now that gay marriage is legal in Britain, wedding bells will soon be chiming for Elton and David Furnish. It’s likely to happen in May, and will be done ”very quietly,” the entertainer has informed the Today Show‘s Matt Lauer.

Elton says it will be ”a joyous occasion and we will have our children. They have two kids, Zachary, who is 3, and Elijah, now 1. 

“I’m very proud of Britain and the laws that we’ve seen come into existence since we’ve been together,” the former Reg Dwight said. “Having our civil partnership was an incredible breakthrough for people that have campaigned for a long time — through the ’60s and the ’50s in England when it was so hard to be gay and hard to be open about it. And it was a criminal act. So for this legislation to come through is joyous, and we should celebrate it. We shouldn’t just say, ‘Oh, well we have a civil partnership. We’re not going to bother to get married.’ We will get married.”

The pair have been in a civil partnership since 2005, which Elton said had a “huge impact” on their commitment. “We didn’t think it would make much difference to our relationship, but it solidified our relationship.” 

Their friends and family have been waiting anxiously for the news since the law allowing gay marriage in England passed . “The phone’s been ringing off the hook,” David Furnish said, who joined in on the interview (with this portion airing in Part 2 tomorrow morning).

Elton also discussed the 40th anniversary of his landmark album Goodbye Yellow Brick Road. Calling music his “soul mate,” the vocalist told Matt it has been with him through “sadness, through laughter, through love.” Now 67, he said he’s still as involved in his work as ever.

“I love it as much now as I did,” Etlon remarked. “I don’t like the fame part of it, and I don’t like the technology part of it so much. But, the thrill of the music will never die for me … when you hear somebody young, like Lorde, or someone like that, making a record like she did, and you think, ‘You’re 16,’ I am flabbergasted. And it makes you want to write the best song in the world, because you just cannot believe that this music has come out of someone so young, and so brilliant.”