Many people were left scratching their heads when Elton John performed at Rush Limbaugh’s wedding earlier this month – including Sir Elton, himself.
“To put it in Elton’s exact words, when he got the invitation, he was ‘a little surprised,’ " Elton’s longtime partner, David Furnish, told People at the Tony Awards in New York City on Sunday night.
As previously reported on AccessHollywood.com, Elton sang for Rush, 59, and his bride Kathryn Rogers, 33, plus the 400 guests in attendance at the wedding held at the Breakers hotel in Palm Beach, Fla., on June 5.
While a rep for the iconic singer had no comment on why Elton decided to take the gig – for which he received a reported $1 million fee – David said Elton saw it as a way to potentially open some eyes.
“When it turned out to be a genuinely sincere invitation … Elton said, ‘Life is about building bridges, not walls,’” David explained.
“’[It was a chance] to go where people wouldn’t expect me to go,’” David continued, quoting Elton. “’And maybe if I can make a great impression… people might change their perspectives on life.’”
Although David was unable to attend the wedding with Elton, as he was in Europe at the time, the singer told him both the bride and groom were “incredibly gracious and very welcoming.”
“Ultimately, it’s a bit like an olive branch, I guess,” David added, noting that Rush and Kathryn expressed an interest in meeting up with the couple in England down the road. “We have to bring the world together, not apart.”