What happened to Elton John's mother? Relationship with Sheila explored

Eve Edwards May 1, 2021

What happened to Elton John’s mother? The musician’s relationship with his mother Sheila is detailed in Rocketman, but how much of the film is true to life?

Elton John’s mother has been credited as inspiring his love of pop music. A feud reportedly separated them in the mid-2000s, although they repaired their relationship before her death in 2017.

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Who is Elton John’s mother?

Elton John’s mother is Sheila Farebrother. She was born in March 1925.

Elton’s father Stanley Dwight divorced Sheila while Elton was young. He remarried a woman named Edna and had three children with her.

Speaking to the Daily Mail about her role in Elton’s career, Sheila said: “In the early Seventies I gave up a good job with the Civil Service to be his housekeeper. We had to go and look after Elton’s house in Virginia Water, in Surrey, while he was away touring.”

Elton John’s feud with his mother explained

In 2008, Elton John and his mother Sheila fell out over a “petty” argument. This was after Elton asked her to sever ties with Bob Halley and John Reid, two of their old friends.

Halley had worked as Elton John’s driver and then personal assistant. He had worked for him for over three decades. 

Reid was Elton’s manager. They reportedly had a brief relationship, but fell out.

What happened to Sheila Farebrother?

Sheila Farebrother passed away on 4 December 2017. She died at the age of 92.

On the day she passed, Elton John spoke of her death: “So sad to say that my mother passed away this morning. I only saw her last Monday and I am in shock. Travel safe Mum. Thank-you for everything. I will miss you so much. Love, Elton”

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