Elton John‘s late mother Sheila Farebrother left the majority of her estate not to her son — but to a former personal assistant to the “Rocket Man.” Vintage Vinyl News reported that Elton’s mother, who died in December at age 92, left $741,000 to former Elton employee Bob Halley, with the remainder of her money to her other son, Elton’s half-brother Frederick Farebrother, and her friend Deborah Woodward. Shelia, who was estranged with her son for nearly a decade before patching things up in 2016, had changed her will in November 2016, the month before she died.
The Sun reported that the portion regarding Elton’s inheritance reads: “I give to my son Elton John free of all taxes my two Batignani blue/gold urns and my photographs of mother in uniform and grandfather in uniform.” When asked about what his mother had left him, Elton told the paper: “It’s a surprise to me. I don’t know what you’re talking about.”
- On January 3rd, Elton posted a message on Instagram, which read: “Today’s funeral was perfect. Having the service in the family chapel and attended by your brother and sister brought us all comfort. Having the service where Nan lived out her final days brought you and your Mother back together again. Tomorrow your friends will gather separately to say their good byes. I’ve chosen all the music so everything will be just right. Thank-you for bringing me into the world and for all that you have done for me. Love, Elton”