Elton John tells Prince Harry that attending AA meetings on Zoom 'saved his life' during lockdown after 30 years sober

SIR Elton John has admitted that being able to use Zoom during lockdown has been a lifesaver for him.

The 73-year-old singer is a recovering alcoholic and has been sober for 30 years.

Sir Elton still attends regular Alcoholics Anonymous meetings and was so grateful to be able to do so virtually this year.

Speaking to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex on the very first episode of their new Archewell podcast, he spoke about coping during lockdown.

"I'm a recovering alcoholic so I have an AA meeting from this house every Sunday," he told Harry and Meghan.

"I connect with friends who I've known for over 30 years in the programme, and that's great.


"If it hadn't been for Zoom I don't know what we would've done, I really don't. Without Zoom … it's been a lifesaver."

The father-of-two was in the middle of a tour when Covid-19 hit and headed back to England in May.

Back in July, Sir Elton admitted he would be "dead" if he hadn't asked for help with his addictions.

Marking his 30th sobriety birthday, he wrote on Instagram: "Reflecting on the most magical day having celebrated my Sobriety Birthday.

"So many lovely cards, flowers and chips from my sons, David, friends in the Program, staff at the office and in our homes.

"I'm truly a blessed man. If I hadn’t finally taken the big step of asking for help 30 years ago, I’d be dead.

"Thank-you from the bottom of my heart to all the people who have inspired and supported me along the way."

The Rocket Man hitmaker revealed he had to learn to "become a human being again" when he got sober.

"It took a lot of work. I had to learn to walk again. I had to learn to be a human being again. I went to about 1,200 meetings in three years.

"I had to listen and I had to shut up too. I had to take people's advice, even though sometimes I didn't want to – but my way never worked so I listened and I got so much great help," Sir Elton added.

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