Singer Sir Elton John says he won't cancel a planned Moscow concert because he wants to support Russia's gay community.

Speaking to UK's The Guardian, John said that he'll have to watch what he says while in Russia to avoid running afoul of a recently enacted law that bans the public promotion of “gay propaganda” to minors.

“I'm supposed to be going to Moscow in December,” he said. “I've got to go. And I've got to think about what I'm going to say very carefully. There's two avenues of thought: do you stop everyone going, ban all the artists coming in from Russia? But then you're really leaving the men and women who are gay and suffering under the anti-gay laws in an isolated situation. As a gay man, I can't leave those people on their own without going over there and supporting them. I don't know what's going to happen, but I've got to go.”

He added that parenthood with his partner David Furnish has changed him. In January, the couple welcomed their second son.

“I always thought I might be really irritable with kids, but no way. Both my parents had tempers and it frightened the shit out of me. I don't ever want to display that in front of the children. In the past, particularly when I was on drugs, there was a monstrous side to me, but I'm not really like that. I can be like that briefly, but everyone can. People say: 'Look, he's a fucking monster.' Hang around anybody in fucking showbiz, baby, and you'll see! We all have our sides like that.”

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