Elton John has revealed he is not leaving his estimated £200million fortune to his two son.
Instead the star and his husband, David Furnish , insist the boys, Zachary and Elijah, must stand on their own two feet.
Sir Elton tells UK Mirror
Of course I want to leave my boys in a very sound financial state.But it’s terrible to give kids a silver spoon. It ruins their life.
“Listen, the boys live the most incredible lives, they’re not normal kids, and I’m not pretending they are. But you have to have some semblance of normality, some respect for money, some
respect for work.”
The couple are currently drafting their wills and David cites US tycoon Warren Buffett , who is leaving half his £53billion fortune to charity and considerably less to his children, as their inspiration.
“We’re still working out the details and it’s about finding the balance.
“Warren Buffet, the third wealthiest man in America, has a really cool model in that he leaves his children enough money so that they have a house, a car and all their basic needs covered and cared for so they never need worry. But it’s not crazy, silly, go-wild money so that they could be buying Picassos or private jets.
“Anything beyond the basic, they have to go out and earn it themselves.
“If they want a Picasso, they have to go out and earn it. I think there’s real sensibility in that.
The couple also agree with comments made in 2014 by Sting, who said his children will not inherit his £180million fortune. Instead, the musician likened his wealth to “albatrosses round their necks”.
“I think what Sting said is very right, it’s a good idea. I came from a very working class family and was born in a council estate house. I earned everything I did from hard work and that’s the way they’ve got to do it as well.
“They have to do chores in the house – take their plates to be cleaned, help in the kitchen, tidy their rooms and help in the garden, and each time they do they get a little star to put on these charts they’ve made. They understand they need to do these things, and they enjoy it.”
Is Love Without Billing Possible In Southern Nigeria? —Reno Omokri
I can understand why Moses Bliss married a Ghanaian. I have been to Ghana, and their women tend to be easier to relate with than many Southern Nigerian women. In fact, is love without billing still possible in Southern Nigeria? In our part of the world, ‘He is loving’ means ‘He is spending’. When you tell many Southern Nigerian girls, ‘I love you’, they hear, ‘You owe me’. Especially those with Industrial Money Obtainer culture. If you marry the Industrial Money Obtainers, I pity you. The billing will become industrial. You will look after her and her entire family. No capping. And better not expect gratitude. In their eyes, you are doing your duty.
If Nigeria had visa-free or visa-on-arrival access to more countries, there would be an epidemic of unmarried women in Nigeria. Because when Southern Nigerian men travel within Africa and outside Africa and encounter beautiful women who are not money conscious, they quickly lose their appetite for Nigerian women. Already, Nigerian men are considered a catch by South African and Kenyan women.
We urgently need a cultural reorientation amongst our women. Especially in Southern Nigeria. The monetisation of relationships in Southern Nigeria is just too suffocating. I am well-traveled, and I am yet to see the level of commercialisation of romance I have seen in Southern Nigeria. I call it as I see it!
I never wanted to marry an artiste – Singer Simi
Popular Nigerian singer, Simi has said she never intended to marry an artiste.
Featuring in a recent episode of the ‘Tea With Tay’ podcast, the 35-year-old songstress opened up about how she met Adekunle Gold, her husband.
Simi said she initially thought Gold was just a fan hoping to connect with her on Facebook.
She went on to say that she met her husband as a graphics designer and had no idea “he was singing”.
“When I first met my husband, I did not know he was singing. Because I already said I cannot marry a singer. He used to do this King of Photoshop. I have never heard him sing up till that time. I think he was even a fan,” she said.
“He had sent me a message on Facebook. I never saw it. I still have not replied. I sensed that it was him that would be good for me.”
Simi got married to Adekunle Gold in 2019.
‘I Planned Out My Life When I Was 25; Told Myself I Would Be Done With Child Birth, Get My Law Degree And Become A University Lecturer At 35’ — Influencer, Amanda Chisom, Who’s Still A ‘Girlfriend’ At 36 Years Cries Out
She wrote: “When I was 25
I had my life planned out men. I told myself that 35 I will go back to school and get my Law Degree ,would have been done with child birth and be a lecturer in the university.
See my life now, girlfriend, waist pain,three grey hairs,Throwing back and forth shades with umumbanshi , doing trader and land agent . Children who sai.
Life is really funny, sometimes when I look at the children at the home and all the English they speak about what they want to become and what they will do. I just want to shatter their glass stars and tell them ” Life will humble them in a vicious ways”.
But what would we be without our dreams, I have long given up planning my life, whatever the gods bring, I thank them and go. It is our lot, it is God’s plan and we are grateful, at least we are not an unmarked grave at the cemetery.”
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