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  • Elton John says Jesus was a "super-intelligent gay man"

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    Elton John and Lady Gaga perform at the 2010 Grammy Awards. (Reuters)

    Elton John gave an interview to Parade magazine in which he described his cocaine use and past treatment of young men, and said he thought that Jesus Christ was a homosexual.

    “I think Jesus was a compassionate, super-intelligent gay man who understood human problems,” John told the Sunday supplement. “On the cross, he forgave the people who crucified him. Jesus wanted us to be loving and forgiving. I don’t know what makes people so cruel. Try being a gay woman in the Middle East — you’re as good as dead.”

    The openly gay star, whose duet with Lady Gaga was one of the highlights of this year’s Grammy Awards, said he often chose young men to be with in the past, but it never worked out.

    “I’d always choose someone younger. I wanted to smother them with love. I’d take them around the world, try to educate them. One after another they got a Cartier watch, a Versace outfit, maybe a sports car,” he said. “I did this repeatedly. In six months they were bored and hated my guts because I’d taken their lives and self-worth away. I hadn’t intended to.”

    John is now married to his longtime partner, David Furnish.

    John also said his addiction to cocaine had been all consuming. “For some people a gram of cocaine can last a month. Not me,” he said. “I have to do the lot, and then I want more. At the end of the day, all it led to was heartache.”

    John said his experience with drugs is one of the life experiences that led to his current philanthropic efforts.

    “I set up my foundation because I wanted to make amends for the years I was a drug addict,” hd said. “People with HIV are still stigmatized. The infection rates are going up. People are dying. The political response is appalling. The sadness of it, the waste.”

    The new Parade comes out on February 19.

    For more excerpts from John’s interview, go to Parade.com.

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