Sir Elton John’s husband David Furnish bought a London flat for a long-time male friend, according to a new report, who has also enjoyed first class holidays around the world on behalf of the star. David, 52, met 33-year-old Danny Williams on a night out clubbing in the capital, and quickly struck up a friendship, a report in The Sun on Sunday claims.
2013 Land Registry documents show David, who married Elton in December, paid in excess of £330,000 for a two bedroom flat in South London for Danny. The report alleges that David and Danny, a personal trainer in a London gym, met during a night out, when Elton was not present and continued to party together. ‘Furnish and Danny were close and went out a lot on the gay scene. Elton would not be there as he does not like clubbing and was often away touring and working,’ claims a source.
The friends were seen out together for around 18 months, with photos from June 2012 showing the pair aboard a yacht in Portofino, Italy with other friends, before they headed to the Greek island of Mykonos while Sir Elton was on his Greatest Hits tour. To celebrate his 51st birthday in October 2013, David flew Danny first class from London to Hawaii to be part of the celebrations.
It was also in this year that David purchased the flat for Danny, as well as furnishing it before his friend moved in. But a source claims that while Danny enjoyed the flat, trips abroad, as well as parties at David and Elton’s lavish Holland Park home, it was after the Hawaii birthday trip that they stopped seeing each other regularly.
Danny, who is openly gay and has a son, 12 and daughter, ten from a relationship with a woman, was approached by The Sun for comment, and told the paper: ‘We were just friends, that’s all we ever was. I’m friends with both (Sir Elton and Furnish).’ He refused to comment on the flat purchase, The Sun report.