Elton reveals his Kate escape

Sir Elton John says Kate Bush helped "save" his life.

The Rocket Man legend has credited Don't Give Up - the singer's 1986 duet with Peter Gabriel - with being what he needed to "get sober", although he has never told the star about the impact she had.

Speaking in The Kate Bush Story: Running Up That Hill - an upcoming BBC documentary - he said: "This was one record that saved my life.

"That record helped me get sober . . . So she played a big part in my rebirth. That record helped me so much. I never told her that but it did."

Sir Elton, below, was inspired by Bush's lines in the track, in which she sings "don't give up".

Meanwhile, his own struggles with addiction will be the subject of a new biopic following his decision to reveal the secrets of the diaries he wrote while in rehab, with Billy Elliot writer Lee Hall penning the script.

"One day he took me to his house and opened a safe and he had all his private diaries that nobody had seen from when he was in rehab and left me there to read all his stuff," Hall said.

"But he's never commented once on the script, he hasn't interfered at all."

The West Australian

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