Elton John has revealed he took so much cocaine it's a 'miracle' he didn't end up dying an addict, like Whitney Houston.
As the 65-year-old confessed if he hadn't kicked his drug habit in 1990 he would be dead, rumours began circulating that the singer and husband David Furnish could be having another child.
'I'd probably be dead,' he declared. 'I didn't want to end up like Whitney Houston and I could so easily have ended up like her.'
'It's a miracle I am still here': Elton John says his cocaine abuse rivaled Whitney's 'chronic' use;
'It's a miracle I didn't because I'm sure I did as much cocaine as she ever did.'
Elton's revelations come just six weeks after Whitney was found dead in the bathroom of her Beverly Hills hotel room aged just 48.
Last week, a newly released toxicology report showed she had cocaine in her system when she died.
A spokesman for the Los Angeles County Coroner said the tests revealed she had been a 'chronic user'.
Elton, who married partner David Furnish in 2005, has always been open about his battle with drugs and alcohol.
Rumours began circulating online that the pair are having a second child, they already have one-year-old Zachary, but these are currently unconfirmed.
The 'Tiny Dancer' singer has previously described his old self as a 'real mess' and said getting sober and clean in 1990 was his 'greatest achievement in life'.
Yesterday during a US television interview, he said his life could have taken a different turn if he hadn't overcome his addictions.
'I would not be the person I am today. I wouldn't have Zachary, I wouldn't have David, I wouldn't have anything,' he said.
Elton also opened up about how he suffered at the hands of bullies as an adult, and revealed he was the target of physical and mental abuse.
'It was about control and their being able to keep me under their thumb,' he said.
'I was a perfect candidate for it. Even though I was famous and a big deal, it doesn't matter - it's who you are underneath that. I was always kind of shy and intimidated.
'One was violent and the other two were mentally violent. They were very important people in my life. They were important in my career and in my personal life.'
The Grammy Award-winning singer said he felt 'scared' by the abuse and was 'hit by people, physically'.
He did not reveal the identities of his attackers but said the bullying had taken place 'in certain relationships that I've had'.
'Someone that was close to me and involved with my career,' he added.
Elton said he was worried that his son Zachary would also become the target of bullies because he does not have a typical family situation.
'I know, by being two same sex parents, that when my boy goes to school he's probably going to have some people saying 'Er you don't have a mummy',' he said.
Asked how he planned to deal with the situation, he said: 'We'll sit down with him before he goes and say 'listen, if anyone says something mean to you come and tell us and we'll try and help. Stand up for yourself'.'
Gushing about the one-year-old, who was born to a surrogate mother on Christmas Day in 2010, Elton said: 'He's been the greatest joy that I could ever imagine.
'If I'm blue, if I'm down, I just get my iPad out and look at photographs of him and a smile comes across my face. If I'm not with him I cuddle my pillow and pretend it's him.
'I thought I experienced love when I'd been with David for 18 years, and that's incredible love, but David will say the same thing - there's no love until you have a child.'
Elton said he had been working with Zachary's godmother, Lady Gaga, on an anti-bullying campaign and was desperate to 'nip this in the bud'.
'Too many people have died. Too many young people have committed suicide because they've been, you know, frightened of 15 or 16-year-olds,' he said.
'It's got to be stopped and it can be stopped. But we can only stop it by making people realise the consequences of their actions and punishing them.'