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24 July 2020 12:43

Elton John Watford F.C. Tim Sherwood

Sir Elton John and Renate Blauel were 'unable' to have children

Sir Elton John's ex-wife insisted they wanted children together but were "unable" to. Renate Blauel - who married the 'Candle in the Wind' hitmaker in 1984, but divorced him four years later - is seeking £3 million in damages after claiming the 73-year-old singer broke the terms of their divorce deal by revealing details about their relationship in his 2019 autobiography 'Me' and his biopic 'Rocketman'. The sound engineer only appears in eight pages of 'Me', always in positive terms, and court documents submitted to the High Court in London revealed the 'I Want Love' hitmaker had agreed to remove other passages before publication. However, Renate argued that some of the remaining passages "seriously misrepresented the nature of their relationship", citing Elton's claim he didn't intend to start a family with his wife when they wed, which she insisted was untrue because they "did attempt to have children during their relationship but were unable to do so." Renate had asked to have the passage removed before publication but her request was turned down. The couple's marriage is depicted in less than five minutes of 'Rocketman' - with Celinde Schoenmaker portraying Renate - but Elton's ex-wife insisted she was never consulted about it and had experienced "great anxiety" since its release as a journalist had been "trying to locate her in her local village".

Renate believes the depiction of their marriage in the movie was "false and disrespectful". Her lawyer, Yisrael Hiller, told the BBC: "Renate is particularly upset by the film. "In her mind, the film seeks to portray their marriage as a sham, which she wholeheartedly disputes and considers a false and disrespectful portrayal of their time together. "Renate wants the privacy that was promised to her - that is why she is seeking an injunction. Any claim for monetary relief is secondary, and would just cover damages and future expenses caused by Elton's breaches." While Renate's court filing doesn't suggest a damages figure, the £3 million is referred to in Elton's response as a figure that had previously been disclosed in previous correspondence.

The 'Goodbye Yellow Brick Road' singer - who has two sons with husband David Furnish - is said to be "shocked and saddened" by the legal row. A source said: "Elton is shocked and saddened by Renate's claim after 30 years of a mutually amicable and respectful divorce, especially as he has only ever praised her publicly." ELTON John is famed for his marriage to David Furnish. But before they met, he was in fact married to Renate Blauel. 3 Renate has stayed away from the spotlight since her divorce from Elton John Credit: Terry O'Neill / Iconic Images Known for being quite quiet compared to Elton, Renate apparently wanted to become a record producer. 3 Elton John with ex-wife Renate Blauel at their wedding in 1984 Credit: Hulton Archive - Getty When did Elton John and Renate Blauel split up?

He went on to meet future husband, David Furnish, whom he shares two children with. What legal action has Renate Blauel taken against Elton John? On June 25, 2020, The Sun revealed how Renate has launched legal action against the singer after several mentions of her in his autobiography. The Sun understands Renate and Elton agreed on what would be in the book after she reminded him he had signed a non-disclosure agreement after their split in the 1980s. On July 23, 2020, it was revealed Renate is seeking a £3million payout.

She claims comments in the book, which were entirely positive, broke the terms of an agreement they made when they split up in 1988 and triggered long-standing mental health problems. Documents filed with the High Court in London outline her case. The court papers state Sir Elton agreed to remove certain passages before publication of the 2019 book, Me. more on elton john Exclusive CIRCLE OF LIFE Elton 'DID try to have kids with ex-wife but they struggled to conceive' Exclusive CIRCLE OF STRIFE Elton John's ex-wife demands €3m payout after star wrote about her in book FEEL THE LOVE Kate Garraway reveals Elton John offered to help husband Derek in Covid fight BENNIE & THE WRITS Elton John's ex-wife launches injunction bid over his autobiography SACRIFICE Sir Elton John's ex-wife launches legal action 32 years after divorce ROCKET M'AM Call The Midwife's Helen George used to be Elton John's backing singer (EL)TON OF SUPPORT Elton John helps ex he jilted 50 years ago after she falls on hard times CYBER HEIST Hackers threatening to leak Elton John & Lady Gaga's details demand $21m ransom family unit Inside Elton John's amazing £6m LA home with huge garden and cinema room Not much is known about Renate now as she has kept herself out of the spotlight following her divorce from Elton. Elton John's ex-wife, Renate Blauel, is seeking an estimated £3M ($3.8M) in damages over claims the singer broke the terms of their divorce agreement. Blauel, who was married to the star for four years in the 1980s, is suing over sections of John's 2019 memoir Me, and hit movie biopic Rocketman.

Blauel claims these revealed details of the marriage, breaking an agreement they made when they divorced in 1988, and that her mental health was impacted by the disclosures. The legal dispute first emerged last month, when Blauel filed for an injunction at London's High Court. Further details have emerged after John's team filed a response this week. According to the BBC, Blauel claimed not to have been consulted about her appearance in Rocketman, in which she was played by Celinde Schoenmaker. She also said that, following the release of the movie and the memoir, a journalist had "been trying to locate her in her local village", causing her "great anxiety". Related Story WME Signs Sir Elton John & Rocket Entertainment Blauel's lawyer, Yisrael Hiller, told the BBC that Elton John had "ignored" his promise to keep the details of their marriage private. "In her mind, the film seeks to portray their marriage as a sham, which she wholeheartedly disputes and considers a false and disrespectful portrayal of their time together. "Renate wants the privacy that was promised to her – that is why she is seeking an injunction. Any claim for monetary relief is secondary, and would just cover damages and future expenses caused by Elton's breaches." A source close to the singer told the BBC: "Elton is shocked and saddened by Renate's claim after 30 years of a mutually amicable and respectful divorce, especially as he has only ever praised her publicly." His defence team acknowledged the existence of the divorce agreement, which both parties signed, but denied any breaches or causing "psychological harm". John married filmmaker David Furnish in 2005, and the couple have two children. Renate Blauel, 67, said the couple did try to have a baby but struggled to conceive together, according to the papers. The documents are part of a £3million legal action she has made against the singer over alleged comments he made in his autobiography. She claims passages in the book breach an agreement that they would never publicly discuss their marriage. The pair married in 1984 but divorced in 1988. Adam Wolanski, representing Ms Blauel, said Sir Elton had written in his book of not having wanted children until he married David in 2014. The lawyer said the passages were upsetting for her, because she claims that they had in fact tried to have children, but struggled to conceive. He says in the court documents: "One of the passages which the claimant asked the defendant to remove from the memoir was the passage in which the defendant alleged that he entered into the marriage not wanting children. "That assertion was reinforced by references at pages 314 to 316 of the memoir to the defendant never having wanted children until his marriage to David Furnish. Sir Elton John's ex-wife is claiming £3m in damages, saying he broke the terms of their divorce deal by writing about their marriage in bestselling... Sir Elton John's ex-wife is claiming £3m in damages, saying he broke the terms of their divorce deal by writing about their marriage in bestselling autobiography Me (Pan Macmillan). Renate Blauel has filed a case in the High Court saying parts of the book and the film "Rocketman" broke an agreement the pair reached in 1988 and claims this triggered long-term mental health problems, the BBC reported. The court papers say the star agreed to remove passages about their marriage before the book was published last year, the corporation reported. Sir Elton's team has denied any breaches or causing psychological harm, said the BBC. Pan Macmillan, which won the book in an eight-publisher auction, has declined to comment on the claims.