Inside Elton John’s luxury mansion: Star reveals he’s self-isolating with husband David Furnish and sons Elijah, 7, and Zachary, 9, amid the global coronavirus pandemic
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Elton John has revealed that he is self-isolating with husband David Furnish and sons Elijah, 7, and Zachary, 9, amid the global coronavirus pandemic.
The Rocketman legend, 72, took to Instagram on Thursday to reveal that he was spending the day inside playing Snakes and Ladders with his family to stop the spread of COVID-19.
Elton is currently self-isolating in his Los Angeles mansion after performing in Australia earlier this month on his Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour, he has since postponed his American leg of shows amid the global coronavirus pandemic.
Staying safe: Elton John has revealed that he is self-isolating with husband David Furnish and sons Elijah, 7, and Zachary, 9, amid the global coronavirus pandemic
The singing legend, whose successful career has spanned more than fifty years, is said to have purchased the house in 2012 for £6million, he owns six properties in total located in California, Atlanta, London, Windsor, Nice and Venice.
Elton even joked about owning too many properties in a 2016 interview with The Telegraph, he said: ‘I’ve too many homes, probably, but I love them. It’s a matter of creature comforts.
‘It’s nice to stay in your own place, and you just accumulate them. Anyway, I’m not as bad as Keith Richards. He turned up in Paris once and he’d forgotten where he lived!
Lavish: The Rocketman legend, 72, and his husband David, 57, regularly share glimpses into their different properties across the world on their social media accounts with their LA property having Versace upholstered chairs (pictured)
Home cinema room: The singing legend, whose successful career has spanned more than fifty years, is said to have purchased the house in 2012 for £6million, he owns six properties in total located in California, Atlanta, London, Windsor, Nice and Venice (sons Elijah, 7, and Zachary, 9, pictured)
‘To be honest, a normal night for me would be putting the kids to bed, reading them a story, and then having dinner with David at home.’
In Elton’s Instagram snap on Thursday, the musician teased a glimpse of his lavish kitchen complete with two different state-of-the-art coffee machines, an artistic glass light fixture and white marble counter tops.
He penned: ‘Thank-you @kevinbacon for the nomination!! #IStayHomeFor @davidfurnish and our boys. Today it’s snakes, ladders and staying inside to stop the spread of coronavirus. Who are you staying home for?
‘Please post your own #IStayHomeFor photo with a sign like mine and tag six of your friends asking them to do the same. My six nominations are – @teddysphotos @samsmith @taron.egerton @sharonstone @sharonosbourne and @sam_fender!’
‘TOO many homes!’: Elton even joked about owning too many properties in a 2016 interview with The Telegraph, he said: ‘I’ve too many homes, probably, but I love them. It’s a matter of creature comforts.’ (Elijah, 7, and Zachary, 9, pictured)
Dreamy: Other details in the LA property include a large swimming pool overlooking the Hollywood Hills and a family cinema room
Elton and his husband David regularly share glimpses into their different properties across the world on their social media accounts, with the musician previously revealing that he wants a ‘LA seventies rock star look’.
In their LA mansion, the couple have a large dining area with a glass table, Versace upholstered chairs, white pillars and an expensive glass vase collection.
While the lounge has a large L-shaped sofa with pieces of valuable art on the wall, vases of orchards and a stunning black grand piano taking centre-stage.
Other details in the property include a large swimming pool overlooking the Hollywood Hills and a family cinema room.
Idyllic: Meanwhile, Elton and David’s home in Windsor has several lavish details such as sprawling garden for their two children to play in
Lovely: The family regularly have summer picnics in the grounds which they share to Instagram
Fun: The property is complete with a large lake to feed ducks (Elijah, 7, and Zachary, 9, pictured)
Meanwhile, Elton and David’s home in Windsor has several lavish details such as sprawling garden complete with a large lake to feed ducks and alphabetically marked shelves to store tapes and CDs.
While the couple always share their Christmas festivities and decorations to social media, which include tastefully decorated trees and beautifully gift-wrapped presents.
It comes after the Daily Mail’s Baz Bamigboye revealed that Elton has accelerated plans for his latest musical by collaborating with one of the UK’s top directors on a show about televangelist Tammy Faye Bakker.
Father-and-son: Elton has alphabetically marked shelves to store tapes and CDs (pictured), he previously told The Telegraph: ‘To be honest, a normal night for me would be putting the kids to bed, reading them a story, and then having dinner with David at home.’
Stunning: The couple always share their Christmas festivities and decorations to social media, which include tastefully decorated trees and beautifully gift-wrapped presents
Festive: A different snap of Elton and David’s Christmas tree in their home, with a Rudolph banner and light-up star
The rock superstar has put his faith in Rupert Goold, who runs London’s Almeida Theatre. Goold also made the feature film Judy starring Renee Zellweger, who won a best actress Oscar last month for her heartbreaking portrait of Judy Garland.
Elton has been in Los Angeles with his band to record new material he has written with Scissor Sisters’ Jake Shears. The five songs from the LA sessions will join the numbers that Elton and Shears have worked on for the past eight years.
Playwright James Graham has written a new book that will focus on Tammy Faye’s colourful life from her 20s to her mid-50s, some of it spent with her cheating preacher husband Jim Bakker.
Exciting: It comes after the Daily Mail’s Baz Bamigboye revealed that Elton has accelerated plans for his latest musical by collaborating with one of the UK’s top directors on a show about televangelist Tammy Faye Bakker (pictured in February)
Pictured: Rupert Goold photographed in London for Leopoldstadt, February 2020
Goold, who directed Graham’s hit play Ink, about how The Sun newspaper was created by Rupert Murdoch, told me he has been in extensive talks with Elton, the star’s husband David, and Joseph Smith, who runs the couple’s Rocket Stage division of their entertainment company.
Pictured: US televangelist Tammy Faye Bakker
They are casting the main roles for a workshop to be held in London in late April, although this is likely to be postponed due to the current coronavirus pandemic.
Of the lead, Goold told me: ‘It’s a big singing role and a great comic part, so we’ll need a comedienne for the workshop to look at the songs already written, and the new songs.’
He said they’re working to a timetable that could see the show premiering at the Almeida next year. He noted that the current ideas for the set would fit on the Almeida stage. ‘The show might grow, so we’ll see, but we’re interested in the Almeida for it initially.’
When I last talked to Elton he said he was drawn to creating a show about Tammy because, while most Christian preachers lashed out at gay people, Tammy Faye ‘had a willingness to preach acceptance amid a world that was so quick to pass judgement’.
Elton will work on the show’s new tracks with top recording engineer Matt Still. The songs will then be handed over to Martin Koch, who will orchestrate them for the theatre.
Back in the 1980s, Tammy Faye electrified congregations with her elaborately coiffed hair and outlandish fluttery eyelashes.
She and Bakker lived in tasteless opulence. Their dogs had air-conditioned kennels, and the couple held a wedding ceremony for Tammy’s Yorkshire terrier and poodle.
Elton’s hit shows include the Billy Elliot musical, which won accolades in the West End and on Broadway, and The Lion King, which is in its 21st year in London. Rocketman, a musical movie inspired by Elton’s life, enjoyed box office and critical success last year.
Everything you need to know about coronavirus
By Natalie Rahhal, Acting US Health Editor for DailyMail.com
HOW DANGEROUS IS CORONAVIRUS?
About 14 percent of people who contract the Covid-19 coronavirus are taken to hospital – with severe symptoms including breathing problems and pneumonia. About 5 per cent need intensive care.
But the majority who get the virus suffer nothing more than a cough and may never know they are infected.
So far, some 51,000 people around the world have already recovered from coronavirus – and that just includes the numbers who received a diagnosis.
HOW MANY PEOPLE DIE?
Officially, the death rate so far has been just over three percent. But experts believe the true mortality rate is probably between one and two percent. This is because most mild cases have not been picked up by doctors or reflected in the official numbers – so the death rate is inflated.
HOW DOES THIS COMPARE WITH OTHER DISEASES?
Seasonal flu kills roughly 0.1 percent of people. So Covid-19 is between 10 and 20 times more fatal.
But it is far less dangerous than SARS – the virus that ripped across China in 2003 – which killed 10 percent of patients.
BUT DOESN’T CORONAVIRUS SPREAD MORE EASILY?
Yes, but not dramatically. The best estimates suggest every person with Covid-19 passes it on to 2.6 people, on average. For flu that number is 1.5.
CAN IT BE SPREAD WITHOUT SYMPTOMS?
Initially scientists feared carriers who had no symptoms could pass it on. That is now in doubt.
What is likely, however, is those who have mild symptoms are putting it down to a cold and going about their normal lives – which puts others at risk.
HOW LONG IS IT BEFORE SYMPTOMS APPEAR?
Again, unclear. Initially scientists said this could take up to two weeks.
But recent evidence suggests the incubation period could be as long as a month – particularly among children.
The average, however, is much shorter. A Chinese study said the average period of symptom onset was 5.4 days for adults and 6.5 for children.
WHO IS AT RISK?
The virus can affect anyone – with a study of the first 41 infected people revealing two thirds did not suffer from any pre-existing condition. But the middle-aged are most likely to get it – 78 percent of those infected in China have been aged 30 to 69.
WHAT ABOUT THE OLD?
Only 3 percent of people infected so far have been over 80 – but if they get it they are more vulnerable. Analysis of 72,000 cases in China suggests for over-80s the death rate is 15 percent. For those in their 70s the death rate is 8 percent and for those in their 60s, 4 percent.
WHO ELSE IS VULNERABLE?
Those with other conditions – such as diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and kidney problems – are likely to suffer severe complications if they become infected.
WHAT ABOUT CHILDREN?
Children seem to be low-risk. Less than 1 percent of the Chinese cases have been under the age of ten – and if children do get the virus it’s often a mild form.
They do, however, retain the virus for longer than adults.
A study last week found the virus was still present in the stools of some children for a month after they contracted it.
DOES GENDER MATTER?
Men are marginally more likely to get the virus than women. It is not clear why this is.
HOW DO DOCTORS TEST FOR COVID-19?
Anyone who has symptoms –particularly if they have travelled to an at-risk area – are told to call ahead to their health care provider, local emergency department or clinics.
This way, health care providers can be prepared, wearing masks, gloves and other personal protective equipment when they meet the possible patient and escort them to isolated areas of the facility.
They are tested using a cheek swab which is sent off for analysis at one of 12 Public Health England labs, a process that takes between 24 and 48 hours. Any positive test is double-checked at the main PHE lab in Colindale.
WHAT TREATMENT DO PATIENTS GET?
There is little doctors can do to tackle the virus, but they can treat the symptoms – such as fever and respiratory problems. Antivirals and antibiotics are also used, mainly to keep secondary problems at bay.
In the most serious cases patients are put on life-support equipment.
There are several clinical trials for potential coronavirus treatments ongoing worldwide, including one in Nebraska, where at least 13 patients are in quarantine, including two in biocontainment units.
WHAT ABOUT A VACCINE?
Even though the Wuhan virus appeared only a few weeks ago, 20 teams around the world are already manufacturing vaccines.
Chinese authorities provided the DNA code for the virus early on in the outbreak, enabling scientists to get to work straight away.
At least 30 companies and research institutions in the US are racing to make a vaccine.
Last week, one of these companies, Moderna, shipped its candidate vaccine to the US, signalling the shot was ready to begin clinical trials.
Even so, US health authorities say it will likely be upwards of a year before a vaccine is actually ready.
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