Elton John has announced that he will tell “the truth” about his life in a “no-holds-barred” autobiography this October.
In a video posted to his Twitter account, John explained, “I can’t wait for you to read it, because it’s the truth… and so many books that have been written about me haven’t exactly been truthful.”
The music icon has been working on the book for years, earlier saying of the project, “I’m not prone to being a nostalgic person. I’m often accused of only looking forward to my next gig or creative project.
“It’s come as quite a surprise how cathartic I am finding the process of writing my memoirs.
“As I look back, I realise what a crazy life I have had the extreme privilege of living.
“I have grown up in a period of extraordinary change in our world – and have had the joyful honor of rubbing shoulders and working with so many of the people at the heart of these changes.
“My life has been one helluva roller coaster ride and it’s still lumbering on. I hope readers will enjoy the ride too.”
My life has been one helluva roller coaster ride and I’m now ready to tell you my story, in my own words. My first and only official autobiography will be released October 2019.
— Elton John (@eltonofficial) March 8, 2019
In May, a “fantasy musical” based on Elton’s life will be released, titled Rocketman and starring Taron Egerton.
Egerton does his own singing in the film, which will explore the music icon’s early days at Royal Academy of Music in London and his subsequent rise to pop stardom.
But Egerton has said that Rocketman is not a traditional biopic.
“Everyone thinks it’s a biopic. It isn’t. It’s a fantasy musical,” he told Collider last year.
“So it’s actually his songs used to express important beats in his life at emotional moments. He’s not the only character that sings.”
Elton announced last month he’ll play more than a dozen concerts across Australia next summer, as part of his global farewell tour.
After the tour wraps up, Elton has said he plans to retire from touring to spend more time with his family.