Elton John confesses he didn't have 'joyous' sex until he was 23

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Elton John has confessed he didn't have 'joyous' sex until he was 23 and 'tore his clothes off' with his lover-turned-manager John Reid.

The musical icon, 72, revealed he was a 'virgin' and 'desperate to have a tactile relationship' when the pair gave into their impulses in San Francisco.

He said: 'I was a virgin until then. I was desperate to be loved and desperate to have a tactile relationship.

Confession: Elton John has revealed he didn't have 'joyous sex' until he was 23 and 'tore his clothes off' with his lover-turned-manager John Reid (Pictured with husband David Furnish)

Confession: Elton John has revealed he didn't have 'joyous sex' until he was 23 and 'tore his clothes off' with his lover-turned-manager John Reid (Pictured with husband David Furnish)

'When they tear their clothes off in the movie, that was how it happened. It was in San Francisco.'

The real-life moment inspired an intimate scene between Elton (Taron Egerton) and John (Richard Madden) in the hotly-anticipated biopic Rocketman.

And Elton said he is 'so glad' the scene made it into the film, even though he knows not everyone will understand the 'very important' moment.  

Former flame: The musical icon, 72, revealed he was a 'virgin' and 'desperate to have a tactile relationship' when the pair gave into their impulses in San Francisco (Pictured, Elton and John in 1976)

Former flame: The musical icon, 72, revealed he was a 'virgin' and 'desperate to have a tactile relationship' when the pair gave into their impulses in San Francisco (Pictured, Elton and John in 1976)

On screen: The real-life moment inspired an intimate scene between Elton (Pictured right, Taron Egerton) and John (left, Richard Madden) in the hotly-anticipated biopic Rocketman

On screen: The real-life moment inspired an intimate scene between Elton (Pictured right, Taron Egerton) and John (left, Richard Madden) in the hotly-anticipated biopic Rocketman

He said: 'I'm so glad it's in there because I am a gay man and I didn't want to airbrush it under the carpet. This is who I am and I was so joyous. When he is lying in my arms and I'm sitting back with a smile I'm thinking, "Ah, I’m normal, I've had sex"'.

The father-of-two went on to explain how 'proud' he is to have inspired the 'first major studio film with a gay love sex scene' in it.

He added he would have felt as if he was 'cheating' his audience had it been removed. 

The film, which also stars Bryce Dallas Howard as Elton's beloved mother Sheila Eileen

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