24 July 2020 12:43
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.
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.
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.