Bernie Taupin: ‘Rocketman’ is my platonic love story with Elton John


Bernie Taupin is lastly getting his close-up as Elton John’s longtime songwriting associate within the hit film musical “Rocketman.”

The 69-year-old lyricist, who’s performed by British actor Jamie Bell (“Incredible 4”) within the movie, is aware of that his fame has rocketed considerably due to all the brand new social-media followers he’s been racking up.

“I received 10,000 extra [followers] on my Instagram in per week after the film got here out [in the U.K. on May 22],” says Taupin, who’s now as much as over 29,000 followers after the movie’s U.S. launch on Might 31.

“So yeah, it’s positively gonna up my profile slightly, and I’m not too certain if I’m prepared for that.”

Taupin says that, in some ways, “Rocketman” is a platonic love story between him and John.

“It’s completely that. Sure, sir,” says Taupin, who wrote the lyrics to all of John’s golden-era gems, akin to “Your Music,” “Goodbye Yellow Brick Highway” and, after all, “Rocket Man.”

Bernie Taupin and Elton John pose for a portrait, circa 1971, in London, England.
Bernie Taupin and Elton John pose for a portrait, circa 1971, in London, England.Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Pictures

“They do a really, excellent job of chronicling how our relationship has remained intact through the years.

I’d prefer to assume that I’ve at all times been an anchor for him…Consider me, I haven’t been any saint myself through the years, however as compared along with his excesses, I suppose I’ve been pretty calm,” he provides with fun.

However Taupin would prone to make clear the film’s assertion that he and John have by no means had an argument within the 52 years that they’ve recognized one another: “Properly, it is determined by the way you outline ‘argument.’ ”