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Elton John In 'Parade': Jesus Was Gay

First Posted: 04/20/10 06:12 AM ET Updated: 05/25/11 04:35 PM ET

Elton John Parade

Elton John covers this weekend's Parade magazine, and in the interview he opens up about his ideas on Jesus and how his approach to relationships has changed over the years.

On early mistakes in love:
"I'd always choose someone younger. I wanted to smother them with love. I'd take them around the world, try to educate them. One after another they got a Cartier watch, a Versace outfit, maybe a sports car. They didn't have jobs. They were reliant on me. I did this repeatedly. In six months they were bored and hated my guts because I'd taken their lives and self-worth away. I hadn't intended to."

On religion:
"I think Jesus was a compassionate, super-intelligent gay man who understood human problems. On the cross, he forgave the people who crucified him. Jesus wanted us to be loving and forgiving. I don't know what makes people so cruel. Try being a gay woman in the Middle East -- you're as good as dead."

On meeting his longtime partner David Furnish:
"I was attracted to David immediately. He was very well dressed, very shy. The next night we had dinner. After it, we consummated our relationship. We fell in love very quickly."

On keeping the love alive:
"Every Saturday for 16 years, we've sent each other a card, no matter where we are in the world, to say how much we love each other. We've never been jealous. We talk about the sexual side of things, things that normally would have frightened me before."

You can read more excerpts from the Parade interview here.

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