After downing a swig of whisky, Elton John hopped into a phone booth and dialled his mother’s phone number.
“I’m a homosexual,” he told her through tears.
“I know,” his mother Sheila Farebrother responded, before telling him to keep the news to himself.
“You’re choosing a life of being alone forever. You’ll never be loved properly.”
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Throughout the movie, Sheila Farebrother (played by Bryce Dallas-Howard) appears to both despise and ignore her son (played by Taron Egerton) in equal measure.
And in reality, their relationship was much the same.
From his difficult childhood to long periods of estrangement, Elton John’s relationship with his mother has long been strained.