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Elton John’s ex-wife demands £3m in High Court battle raging over claims he broke divorce terms

Elton John’s ex-wife Renate Blauel demands £3m in High Court battle raging over claims he broke terms of their divorce by mentioning their marriage in his autobiography

  • Elton John wed Renate Blauel in 1984, but they divorced four years later in 1988 
  • Blauel, 67, is suing after the star mentioned their marriage in his autobiography 
  • It is thought she tried to file an injunction over the 2019 biopic, Rocketman 

Sir Elton John’s ex-wife is suing him for £3million amid claims he broke terms of their divorce by mentioning their marriage in his autobiography.

The Your Song singer married Renate Blauel in 1984, but they split up in 1988, in a divorce that is thought to have ended with Ms Blauel leaving with a settlement of between £5million and £10million. 

According to The Sun, Ms Blauel, 67, filed documents with the High Court claiming the 73-year-old broke terms of their divorce and triggered existing mental health problems when he mentioned their marriage in his autobiography, Me.

Renate Blauel, pictured kissing then husband Sir Elton John in 1984, is suing her ex for £3million, claiming he broke the terms of their divorce by mentioning their marriage in his autobiography 

The paper also claims the German – born sound engineer sought an injunction over the release of the acclaimed 2019 biopic, Rocketman. 

Court papers claim Sir Elton had agreed to remove parts of his autobiography before it was published last year.

However in one part of Me, he expressed regret at ‘breaking the heart,’ of his ex-wife, whom he met while working on his 1983 album, Too Low for Zero. 

Sir Elton wrote in his autobiography, Me, that he regretted 'breaking the heart,' of German sound engineer Renate

Sir Elton wrote in his autobiography, Me, that he regretted ‘breaking the heart,’ of German sound engineer Renate

Sir Elton and Renate on their wedding day in Australia in 1984. The couple split in 1988, the same year the Rocketman singer came out as openly gay

Sir Elton and Renate on their wedding day in Australia in 1984. The couple split in 1988, the same year the Rocketman singer came out as openly gay

A source told The Sun: ‘Elton is shocked and saddened by Renate’s claim, especially as he has only ever praised her publicly.’  

Another added: ‘He has always had a very pleasant relationship with Renate, respects her enormously and would never have said anything revealing about their marriage.’

It’s understood Sir Elton had not been aware of her long-standing health problems.  

A friend told the paper: ‘He very much hopes she will see sense and drop this case.’

In 2005 Sir Elton entered a civil partnership with David Furnish, the couple were formally married in 2014, when same-sex marriage became legal in England and Wales. 

The couple have two sons. 

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