Sir Elton John sued by former wife after breaching confidentiality clause in divorce settlement

Sir Elton John is being sued by his former wife for allegedly breaking a legal agreement written into their divorce settlement.

According to reports, the British singer and songwriter had agreed not to talk about his four-year marriage with Renate Blauel when they divorced in 1988.

The divorce settlement reportedly includes a clause banning either side from discussing “the marriage or the reasons for the separation” except in confidential conversations with their immediate family or legal advisers.

But their acrimonious marriage was referenced several times in recent years, including in the 73-year-old’s 2019 autobiography ‘Me’, the biographical musical film Rocketman, and on his social media pages.

These references included mention of the couple sleeping in separate bedrooms on their wedding night, their opinion on having children, Sir Elton’s decision to propose, and references to their divorce.

High Court papers suggest that Ms Blauel was forced to change her name by deed poll, lie about her location to close friends and family, and change her appearance in a bid to “shed her identity” and keep out of the public spotlight for almost three decades.

Repeated mentions of their marriage and the resulting “widespread press scrutiny and discussion” has caused her “deep psychological distress”.

“As a result of the above breaches, [her] right to privacy and autonomy have been shattered,” the High Court papers read.

Sir Elton, however, denied the allegations and argued that the details were already “public knowledge”, adding that the divorce contract clause only “applies to private and confidential matters”.

His legal team also note that the singer was “unaware” of any mental health issues.

Reports suggest Ms Blauel is seeking “substantial damages” from Sir Elton, which could be “as high as £3 million”.

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Alison Green
Alison joined Mackrell.Solicitors in 1989 and qualified as a solicitor in 1991, becoming a partner in the firm in 2010. Her expertise covers matrimonial work, including divorce and the associated financial and children issues; pre and post-nuptial agreements; co-habitation disputes; civil partnership agreements and the breakdown of civil partnerships.