Elton John insists he is ‘in top condition’ after photos of him in a wheelchair

Elton John has maintained that he is doing well after photos of him in a wheelchair surfaced during his Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour this week.

The music legend, 75, assured fans via Instagram that he was “in top shape”, explaining how his team offered to push him into a wheelchair after their arrival at Leipzig airport and another long show.

“I want to thank all my fans for contacting me to ask about my health after the tabloids made a silly story about how weak I looked in a wheelchair,” his message began.

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“The true story is that I am in top health, love my shows and play and sing at my best. I give 100% every night and never want to disappoint, especially after everyone has waited so long to see shows again. Your response on every show was phenomenal and I love every minute of it.”

John went on to explain that upon their arrival at the airport, part of it was closed — meaning “it was an extremely long walk” for the singer “to get to the plane.”

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“My team was kind enough to put me in a wheelchair so I could rest my hip after doing the show,” he added. “That’s all folks.”

Elton John performs at Mt Smart Stadium on February 16, 2020 in Auckland, New Zealand.
Elton John has maintained that he is doing well after photos of him in a wheelchair surfaced during his Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour this week. (Getty)

“Last night was another blockbuster show in Bern and I look forward to seeing everyone at this weekend’s sold-out show in Milan. Thank you for all your kind words of support!” he finished his post.

Photos of the ‘Rocketman’ hitmaker surfaced yesterday of John being pushed into the airport by one of his teammates. Several outlets reported that the performer “looked weak” and “fragile” as he stepped outside with his crew.

In November 2021, John discussed his recent hip injury during a performance at Lorraine. He explained that he had to postpone some dates of his tour, but he has since had surgery.

“I can’t move sideways, I can’t get in and out of a car,” he said at the time. “The decision had to be made because I don’t want to be on the podium and give less than 100 percent.”

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