Elton John and David Furnish to make it official in England

RICHARD SHOTWELL / ASSOCIATED PRESS Elton John and longtime love David Furnish are headed to the altar, but quietly this time.
RICHARD SHOTWELL / ASSOCIATED PRESS Elton John and longtime love David Furnish are headed to the altar, but quietly this time.
Posted: April 01, 2014

THE MAN who once proclaimed "Saturday night's alright for fighting" may soon learn what longtime marrieds already know - the other six days of the week can accommodate a dustup just as well.

Elton John and his life partner of 21 years, David Furnish, will set sail on the sea of holy matrimony in May. It's a move prompted by last summer's legalization of same-sex marriage in England.

"We don't feel the need to take an extra step legally," Furnish told the Las Vegas Review Journal. "But since we're committed for life, we feel it's really important to take that step, and take advantage of that amazing change in legislation. We all live by example."

The Marriage Act was passed last summer, but the first same-sex weddings in Merrie Olde England were performed Saturday. During an October appearance on Jimmy Kimmel's ABC-TV late-night chat-'em-up, Elton (nee Reginald Dwight) suggested that he was morally obligated to be among the first couples to take advantage of the new law.

Elton and Furnish, who've been a couple since 1993 and have two sons, threw a reported $2 million soiree to celebrate their "civil partnership." They anticipate a more modest affair this time.

"I think what we'll do is go to a registry office in England in May," Furnish shared. "We'll take the boys with us, and a couple of witnesses."

A funeral & a shooting

Rapper Benzino, star of the VH1 show "Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta," was shot and wounded, allegedly by his nephew Gai Scott, during the funeral procession for Benzino's mother outside Boston, authorities said yesterday.

Scott allegedly pulled his car alongside of Benzino's in the funeral procession Saturday and took aim.

Benzino, born Raymond Scott, was listed in good condition yesterday at South Shore Hospital, in South Weymouth, Mass., a spokeswoman said.

The website for Hip Hop Weekly said that Benzino, the mag's CEO, had been shot in the arm and grazed on the back by a bullet.

A change of heart

It looks like a truce has been drawn in the custody dispute over Meadow Walker, 15-year-old daughter of the late "Fast & Furious" star Paul Walker.

Late last week, the tireless sentinels at TMZ reported that the teen's maternal grandmother, Cheryl Walker, and Meadow's mom, Rebecca Soteros, were headed to court, with Walker calling Soteros an unfit guardian with a serious drinking problem that includes two DUI arrests.

Three years ago, Walker moved from Hawaii to California to be closer to Meadow over concerns about Soteros' mothering skills.

But after a face-to-face late last week, TMZ says, Grammie Walker agreed to let Soteros have custody providing she sought treatment for alcohol abuse. Soteros began a detox program last Friday and pledged to go into rehab in the next few days, TMZ said.


* The Belle of Wyomissing is ready to conquer the Big City. Friday, country sweetie-pie Taylor Swift moved into a $20 million gal-cave in Noo Yawk's chichi Tribeca neighborhood.

And just to prove that fame and fortune don't have to turn young performers into freak-show nightmares, the New York Post's Page Six gabs that Swift spent some time over the weekend visiting an unidentified young fan who's a patient at NYC's Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.

Fergie, the mono-monikered glamour-puss and Black Eyed Peas front-lady, turned 39 on Friday. She celebrated with a cake adorned with a pic of her hunkified hubby, Josh Duhamel, with his arms folded over his naked chest.

* Actress Nikki Reed and "American Idol" insta-star Paul McDonald have pulled the plug on their two-year marriage. However, the couple, who separated six months ago, are insisting that their planned album collaboration is still a go.

Noah didn't just save life on Earth a bunch of millennia ago, he did pretty well at the box office, too.

"Noah," Darren Aronofsky's interpretation of the Bible stories (who gets the option fee for that book?) copped an impressive $44 million during its opening weekend. Runner-up was the sci-fier "Divergent" ($26.5 million), while "Muppets Most Wanted" finished in the "show" position with $11.4 million.

- Daily News wire services contributed to this report.

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