Elton John receives Harvard Foundation humanitarian award

Elton John spoke to an audience of Harvard students, staff, and superfans at Sanders Theatre. Photo by Matthew J. Lee.

Elton John has won plenty of awards for his music, including eight Grammys, a Tony, and an Oscar, but his activism on behalf of millions of people affected by the AIDS epidemic that earned Sir Elton the Harvard Foundation’s 2017 Peter J. Gomes Humanitarian Award.

Elton accepting the Humanitarian of the Year Award for his work towards ending AIDS. Twitter photo.

And yet the Rocket Man, whose Elton John AIDS Foundation has raised more than $385 million to support HIV/AIDS-related programs, told an audience of students, staff, and superfans at Sanders Theatre Monday that he wishes he’d done more to help others.

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The 70-year-old singer said he was “imprisoned by [his] extraordinary fame” early on and became “a loathsome person — selfish, self-centered, disconnected.” John said he’d been in a haze of drugs and alcohol — a “cesspool of excess” — during the AIDS outbreak of the 1980s.

“I’m really a kind person, but the drugs made me a monster,” he said. “Do not waste your life. I wasted my life, but I’m making up for lost time now, OK?”

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