Elton John, who made a career out of breaking down gender stereotypes, faced some criticism for saying his sons are "normal" and "real boys" because they like sports and flirt with girls.
Sir Elton John, who is currently on a farewell tour before he retires, was criticized for a recent interview he gave to the Sun where he said his sons are "real boys" and "normal" because they like to play sports, and flirt with girls.
The pop superstar, who is currently 72, is dads to two sons, Zachary and Elijah who are eight and six respectively, along with his husband David Furnish.
"My boys are so boyish," Elton John said. "They are real boys. They're flirts – girl mad." He added later, "they're just very athletic, normal kids."
Labour MP Chris Bryant was among those who criticized the piano man for his choice of words. "I never thought I would hear Elton John use the word 'normal' in a stereotypical way," he said. "There are thousands of ways of being a boy and you don't have to like football, you don't have to like girls. You can be Billy Elliot or Elton John."
The Rocketman also revealed he would have liked to have more children, but felt his age presented a barrier. "It's fantastic being a dad," he said. "Ten years ago if you'd have told me that, I'd have said you're crazy." He added "we're too old to have any more. If we were 20 years, 15 years younger, we'd have probably had another one at least. But with the boys we've got enough on our hands."
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