Renate Blauel is a German sound engineer and music producer who is well known as the first and only ex-wife of Rock and roll legend, Elton John. Following their dinner held on February 10, 1984, they got married shortly after just 3 days on February 14. Their sudden marriage was a huge sensation in the media and shocked many people, including those who were close to the music star. They got divorced after John came publicly admitting that he is not a bisexual but a gay in 1988.
Blauel became a renowned sound engineer as she even worked with several artists like Mike Oldfield, Piet Veerman, and The New Cats, The Human League, and The Blues Band, leading up to her marriage to John. On July 23, 2020, Blauel made headlines after she demanded a 3 million euro over the film, “Rocketman” and memoir, “Me” of her ex-husband, John claiming that the singer broke the terms of their divorce deal.
What is Renate Blauel Famous for?
- Famous as a German sound engineer and music producer.
- Known as the ex-wife of homosexual legend, Elton John.
Where was Renate Blauel Born?
Renate Blauel was born on March 1, 1953, in Berlin, Germany. Her birth name is Renate Ruth Margot Blauel. Her nationality is German. Blauel belongs to White ethnicity while Pisces is her zodiac sign.
Renate grew up during the turbulent era when Germany was controlled by the Allies: the Soviet Union, the United States of America, the United Kingdom, and France following the end of World War II. Her father, Joachim Blauel, had moderate success as a publisher, which further helped her to pursue a career in the music industry. Eventually, she moved to London at the age of 22, to start her career.
Besides, she is a former Lufthansa stewardess who gave up flying in 1977 to enroll in an audio-engineering course.
Renate Blauel’s Career Highlights
Renate Blauel began her professional career with her first job at the Croatia Records Company. She worked as an assistant engineer on Mike Oldfield’s album, “Platinum”, which was released through Virgin Records in 1979.
With her position, she also worked with Vitesse on their album, “Rock Invader”, thus in 1980, under her work as a sound engineer, she released 5 albums including Ryuichi Sakamoto’s “B-2 Unit”, Stephen Bishop’s “Red Cab To Manhattan”, Japan’s “Gentlemen Take Polaroids”, Piet Veerman’s “Back To You”, and The Blues Band’s “Ready”.
Eventually, the next year in 1981, she got a chance to collaborate with big names like Marvin Gaye on his album, “In Our Lifetime”, The Teardrop Explodes on his album, “Wilder”, Sunny Jim Band on “Jay”, and Duran Duran on their 1982 album, “Rio”. Blauel’s first work with her then-husband, Elton John was on his 1983 album, “Too Low for Zero” and then another in his 1984 album, “Breaking Hearts”.
Who is Renate Blauel’s Husband?
Renate Blauel’s first marriage was with Rock and Roll legend, Elton John, when he already had come out as a bisexual. John met Blauel in early 1983 in London while John was finishing his “Too Low for Zero” album. Less than a year later, Elton arrived in Australia for the “Too Low for Zero” tour, during which Blauel joined him as part of his entourage, and was a close friend then.
On February 10, 1983, while having dinner at an Indian restaurant, Elton proposed her and the engagement was announced the following day. The wedding took place just three days later, at St Mark’s Anglican Church in Darlinghurst, a suburb of Sydney, Australia on February 14, 1984.
Blauel wore a white silk and lace wedding gown and a gold, heart-shaped pendant featuring 63 diamonds while Jon wore a white coat worth 1,000 euro with a boater hat and a matching lavender band. They got married on the special Valentine’s Day when Elton was 36 and Renate was 28.
Their sudden marriage was a topic of huge controversy in the media and shocked many people, as many media claimed that John wedded her just to hide his homosexuality and to have a family.
However, their marriage didn’t last long and they got divorced on November 18, 1988, with a 5 million euro as divorce settlement was given to Blauel. Subsequently, she moved to a relatively small cottage in Shackleford, Surrey, and lived there for the following ten to fifteen years before going back to Germany to take care of her aging parents.
Meanwhile, John finally came out as gay and began dating to his partner, Canadian British director David Furnish, since 2005 and got married in 2014. They together have two sons named Zachary and Elijah.
Blauel Launched Legal Action Against Elton John
After years of their divorce, Blauel came out as a bomb launching legal action against John at the high court demanding 3 million euro fine over the film, “Rocketman” and memoir, “Me” of John claiming that the singer broke the terms of their divorce deal.
She came out with having changed her name by deed pool in 2001 in order to shed her old connection to John, also that instead of going to Germany with her parents, she in fact was in the UK adopting a new identity.
What is the Net Worth of Renate Blauel?
Renate Blauel has quite good earnings from her professional career as a sound engineer and music producer. Having started her career in the late 1970s, Blauel has managed to amass a healthy fortune from her several works. Her net worth is estimated to be around 5 million euros as she got a 5 million euro check as a divorce settlement from John.
How Tall is Renate Blauel?
Renate Blauel is a beautiful woman in her 70s. She stands tall with a height of 5ft. 5inch.(1.65m) while her body weight is around 64kg(141 lbs). She has a well-maintained body physique of measurement 38-32-40 inches with 34B as her bra size and 6(US) as her shoe size. She has a fair complexion with blue eyes and greyish-white hair.