Sir Elton John’s ex-wife Renate Blauel attempted suicide during the couple’s honeymoon in 1984, according to legal documents filed in the High Court in London.
Ms Blauel said she overdosed on Valium after the star told her ‘the marriage was not working out and he wanted her to go’ three days after their stay in St Tropez.
The claims have emerged in connection with Ms Blauel’s £ 3million claim for damages against Sir Elton, following allegations he violated the terms of their divorce agreement.
The German-born sound engineer was married to Sir Elton for four years and has kept a low profile since the marriage ended in 1988.
But she filed legal documents earlier this year, having objected to the description of their relationship in Sir Elton’s 2019 autobiography Me, as well as the blockbuster film Rocketman.
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The revelations sparked long-standing mental health issues, she said.
In response, Sir Elton’s defense acknowledged the existence of the divorce agreement, which both parties signed, but denied any violation or “psychological harm”.
However, Ms Blauel’s attorney, Adam Wolanski, said the star had prior knowledge of Ms Blauel’s struggles with “depression and anxiety,” and that the condition was “exacerbated by interest in the press. for it and by advertising about it ”.
He cited his suicide attempt and a series of panic attacks during their marriage as evidence.
One such incident occurred during a luncheon the star and his wife hosted for members of the royal family “around 1985″.
“During this visit, Princess Margaret questioned the plaintiff about a painting belonging to the defendant,” court documents said. “The claimant could not remember any details about the painting, which caused her to panic and become very anxious.
“She interrupted the accused’s conversation with the Queen Mother to ask for help before moving to another room.
“Although she did not explain to the accused why she had done this, it must have been obvious to him that she had been away because of her anxiety. ”
In previous court documents, Ms Blauel said Sir Elton’s memoir and Rocketman’s biopic sparked renewed interest in her marriage, with a reporter “trying to locate her in her local village” causing her “great anxiety ”.
According to her latest record, she subsequently spent thousands of pounds on therapy and treatment.
Responding to the new court documents, Sir Elton’s legal counsel Jenny Afia said: “Elton has always respected Renate’s privacy and will continue to do so.
“It is well documented that their marriage was completely respectful and that the relationship Elton and Renate had after their divorce continued to be kind, respectful and honorable for the next 30 years. ”
She added that she found it “disconcerting” that Ms Blauel’s case “centered on privacy when at every stage of the proceedings, Renate chose to bring these claims into the public domain.”
“This only shows the real purpose of this claim which is to extract a large sum of money from Elton and publicly tarnish his name with lies. “
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