Elton John's ex-wife Renate Blauel launches legal action against singer 32 years after split

John has previously spoken of the 'huge guilt and regret' he felt over the hurt he caused Blauel

Ellie Harrison
Friday 26 June 2020 07:42 BST
Elton John performs in his garden for One World: Together at home online music event

Elton John’s ex-wife, Renate Blauel, has launched legal action against the singer at the high court, 32 years after their divorce.

The German-born sound engineer, who has stayed out of the spotlight since her split from John in 1988, is seeking an injunction against the singer.

The reason for the injunction application, which was filed last week, is unclear, but it’s a move often taken in relation to privacy matters or to prevent publication of material.

Blauel’s lawyer told The Guardian she was hoping to resolve the case “amicably”. John’s representatives declined to comment.

John, who was married to Blauel for four years from 1984, has previously spoken of his “huge guilt and regret” over the hurt he caused in the relationship.

John later went on to marry his current partner David Furnish, with whom he has two children.

In his autobiography, Me, John said he had very limited contact with Blauel following their separation, but had invited her to meet his children because he “wanted her to be part of our lives, and us part of hers, in some way".

"But she didn't want to," he said, "and I didn't push the issue. I have to respect how she feels."

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