2019 was a great year for music icon Eton John. Not only did we see the release of the critically acclaimed biopic Rocketman, starring Taron Egerton as the famed musician, but it also saw the release of John’s autobiography, simply entitled Me. Considered the definitive insight into John’s rock ‘n’ roll life, the memoir proved to be a great success and the perfect accompaniment to the film. While it may have been a hit with critics and readers, it seems John’s ex-wife, Renate Blauel, isn’t so happy and is claiming £3 million in damages due to what she claims is a breach of the terms of their divorce.
As the BBC reports, Blauel accuses John of breaking the terms of their divorce by touching on their marriage in both the memoir and the film. The case has been submitted to the High Court and states an agreement made by the two in 1988 has been breached, causing Blauel long-term mental health problems. The court papers apparently confirm that John had removed passages about the marriage prior to the book’s release, but that it is still discussed, though it is noted the book looks on the period positively.
The BBC states that John’s representatives deny any causes of mental trauma or breach of the agreement. The book’s publisher, Pan Macmillan has so far refused to comment on the lawsuit and only time will tell who’s side the court will stand on.