SUPERSTAR Sir Elton John has quit songwriting while in lockdown and is instead pursuing a newly-rediscovered talent for jigsaws.
The 73-year-old British singer, who has sold more than 300million records, said he has no ambition to make music and no longer has a piano in his home but is instead doing puzzles of his album covers.
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He said: “I’m not writing any songs because I don’t feel like it and I don’t have a piano here. But I think people will use this time to be very, very creative.
“My talent for jigsaw puzzles has re-emerged because I did them a lot as a kid. That’s a talent I’ve rediscovered since I’ve been in isolation.
"I love jigsaw puzzles. My jigsaw at the moment is the album sleeve of Don’t Shoot Me, I’m Only the Piano Player. That’s hard because there’s a lot of dark colours in that one.
“There’s a Yellow Brick Road one as well and a Captain Fantastic one which was very hard. But at the moment Don’t Shoot Me is really difficult.”
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But Elton has been left infuriated by another lockdown activity – playing Snakes and Ladders with his husband David Furnish, 57, and their sons Zachary, nine, and Elijah, seven.
Speaking on the Talk Art podcast, he said: “I’m useless at Snakes and Ladders. I know it’s a game of luck but we’ve had ten games so far and I’ve only won one and they’ve won three each.
“I’d never known I was c**p at that. It’s a game that I’m not very good at.”
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