Elton John’s ex-wife Renate Blauel brought legal action against the “Rocketman” in the High Court in London.
The German-born sound engineer filed documents last week to seek a court order against the legendary British singer, according to various reports.
The reasons behind the legal action remain unclear, although such cases are generally based on privacy issues or to prevent the publication of personal materials.
Blauel’s lawyer confirmed to The Guardian that his client expected the matter to be resolved “amicably,” but declined to elaborate on the case.
John and Blauel became close during the recording sessions for their 1983 album Too low to zero The album and the couple were married the following year in a Valentine’s Day ceremony in Sydney, the footage of which was broadcast live on Australian television. The marriage would not last, and the couple divorced amicably four years later, in 1988.
Later John came out gay and married David Furnish.
Blauel has kept a low profile since their separation, though their brief relationship was once again the center of attention in the 2019 biographical film. Rocketman, in which she was played by the Dutch actress Celinde Schoenmaker.
In his 2019 memoir, MeJohn reflected on the failed marriage and the pain it caused.
“It was the right thing to do, but it was a horrible feeling,” he wrote. “I had broken the heart of someone who loved and loved me unconditionally, someone whom I could not criticize in any way,” he wrote. “She could have taken me to the dry cleaner, and I wouldn’t have blamed her: everything that had gone wrong was just for me and me. But Renate was too dignified and too decent for that.
John is named as the defendant in legal filings, reports the BBC. Their representatives declined to comment further.