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"To put it in Elton's exact words, when he got the invitation, he was 'a little surprised,'" John's partner David Furnish told People about the conservative radio personality's desire to have the openly gay icon at his nups to Kathryn Rogers. "And then, when it turned out to be a genuinely sincere invitation … Elton said, 'Life is about building bridges, not walls.'"
Furnish said that John, who reportedly earned a cool $1 million to serenade the couple and their guests, also saw it as another opportunity "to go where people wouldn't expect me to go."
"And maybe if I can make a great impression," Furnish quoted him as saying, "people might change their perspectives on life."
Though Furnish was unable to attend the wedding, John gave him a play-by-play, telling him it was a beautiful event and Limbaugh and his bride "were incredibly gracious and very welcoming and very sweet and very appreciative."
"Elton, during the performance made a lot of cracks: 'I suppose you all wonder why I'm here tonight?'" says Furnish. "But ultimately, it's a bit like an olive branch, I guess."
The newlyweds even made a plan for a possible future double date with John and Furnish. "I wasn't there, but from everything Elton told me, he said Rush and his bride were incredibly charming and welcoming. And they have said they want to come and have dinner with us in England, if they pass through in their travels."
"We have to bring the world together, not apart," he said.
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