Elton John is footing the bill for a knee replacement for a woman he jilted at the altar 50 years ago.
Linda Hannon, 76, dated John, 73, when he was known as Reg Dwight after meeting him at a club in 1968. During the time the two dated, John was struggling and Hannon paid many of his bills. While the couple were set to be married, three weeks before the wedding, during his bachelor party, John’s songwriting partner Bernie Taupin and blues singer Long John Baldry talked him out of it.
“The pair got Elton ‘roaring drunk’ and told him to call it off, saying he was going to ruin two lives — his own and Linda’s,” According to the Mirror. “The breakup came just months before he scored a smash hit with Your Song in 1970” John’s 1975 song, “Someone Saved My Life Tonight” is about that night.
Despite the song, Hannon always felt kindly toward John who later married another woman, Renate Blauel in 1984 before divorcing in 1988, coming out of the closet and marrying his husband David Furnish in 2014.
“When Elton heard about Linda’s plight, he didn’t hesitate for a second to help out,” A source close to Elton told the UK Daily Mirror. “He remembers how good she was 50 years ago, when he and Bernie needed the support, and is really pleased to be able to help her in her hour of need.”Hannon added, “I am so touched by Reg. After all these years, it’s so kind. I am thrilled to bits that he is offering to help.”