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In Geoff Dwight’s very different life from his half-brother, Elton John

When Elton John rose to superstardom in the 1970s, there was a small fan who was developing his own passion for music and was dying to meet him; his half-brother, Geoff Dwight.

And that meeting happened when Geoff was five and Sir Elton was 25, in Liverpool, where Elton treated his estranged family to VIP backstage treatment at one of his shows.

Other than that, little came of it. With a few mothers who didn’t get along and a 20-year age difference, it’s no wonder the half-brothers aren’t closer.

Their lives couldn’t be further apart now. While Elton spends his days working closely with charities close to his heart, walking red carpets and attending royal weddings, Geoff lives hand in hand in an alternative community in Ruthin, North Wales.

He appeared before Llandudno Magistrates’ Court yesterday, where he was fined £120 after he was found to be in possession of magic mushrooms.

Geoff Dwight (pictured), 56, of Borthyn, Ruthin, North Wales, pleaded guilty yesterday to possession of ‘magic mushrooms’ after they were found at his home in December 2021

Geoff Dwight (circled age seven) has barely interacted with his famous half-brother Elton (right).  Pictured with their father and siblings in 1973

Geoff Dwight (circled age seven) has barely interacted with his famous half-brother Elton (right).  Pictured with their father and siblings in 1973

Geoff Dwight (circled age seven) has barely interacted with his famous half-brother Elton (right). Pictured with their father and siblings in 1973

Elton spends his days working closely with charities close to his heart, walking red carpets and attending royal weddings

Elton spends his days working closely with charities close to his heart, walking red carpets and attending royal weddings

Elton spends his days working closely with charities close to his heart, walking red carpets and attending royal weddings

Geoff was self-employed, earning an estimated £6,000 a year, but last year his income fell to zero after his phone and computer were seized by the police.

It is unclear what he did for work, but over the years he has told Daily Mail about the odd jobs he did to make ends meet and feed his family.

He leads an alternative lifestyle in the picturesque valley of Clwyd, making harps and yurts and organizing music festivals.

Money was once so tight that he rented out his house and built a shed in the yard to live in for a year, worshiping Hare Krishna and living on vegetables donated by friends.

Geoff is happy with the life he leads. In 2010, he said he would much rather be “Geoff Dwight than Elton John,” adding that he had “all the riches” he could wish for.

In 2021, Geoff was fined £200 for breaking coronavirus rules. In the photo: outside his garden shed

Money was once so tight that he rented out his house and built a shed in the garden to live in for a year, worship Hare Krishna and live on vegetables donated by friends

Money was once so tight that he rented out his house and built a shed in the garden to live in for a year, worship Hare Krishna and live on vegetables donated by friends

Money was once so tight that he rented out his house and built a shed in the garden to live in for a year, worship Hare Krishna and live on vegetables donated by friends

But as a teenager, he initially seemed ready to emulate his brother’s wild success.

He loved music – especially guitar – and earned a scholarship to an independent school, but dropped out before graduating and fell into the wrong crowd.

One bad decision led to another and at the age of 18, Geoff was given a four-year prison sentence for botched robbery.

Geoff faced court again in 2021 when he was fined £200 after breaking coronavirus rules by going to an illegal ‘rave’ with more than 200 revelers in rural Wales.

At the time he maintained that the ‘Blackpearl’ event near Llandrillo was a private spiritual gathering which he had attended for many years.

His most recent offense dates back to December 2021, but only came to court this week.

Dwight appeared before Llandudno Magistrates' Court and was fined £120 and ordered to pay £119 costs

Dwight appeared before Llandudno Magistrates' Court and was fined £120 and ordered to pay £119 costs

Dwight appeared before Llandudno Magistrates’ Court and was fined £120 and ordered to pay £119 costs

Carrying a trident on his shoulder as he went to court, Geoff pleaded guilty to possession of Class A drugs at his home. He was fined £120 and ordered to pay £119 in costs.

His lawyer Nia Dawson told the court: ‘A small amount of mushrooms was found in his premises. He had forgotten they were there. They are against the law.’

Geoff said his trident was a “religious” pole representing Sheba and Britannia. It was not allowed in the building. He didn’t talk about his famous brother.

And while it’s true that Geoff and Sir Elton have led vastly different lives and make for unlikely siblings, Geoff’s partner Karen told The Daily Mail in 2010 that they have one thing in common; music.

“Musical talent runs in this family,” she said in the interview.

Sir Elton has never shied away from discussing his troubled relationship with his father, and some of his most heartbreaking childhood memories were documented in his biopic, Rocketman.

Sir Elton has never shied away from discussing his troubled relationship with his father, and some of his most heartbreaking childhood memories were documented in his biopic, Rocketman.

Sir Elton has never shied away from discussing his troubled relationship with his father, and some of his most heartbreaking childhood memories were documented in his biopic, Rocketman.

Dwight criticized Rocketman, the biopic starring Taron Egerton (right) as Elton John, saying their father (played by Steven Mackintosh, left) was portrayed as “cold”

Geoff added, “Our dad had his own swing band and our grandfather was a champion cornet player. And you should hear our brother Stan on the piano – he’s the true musical maestro of the family.

‘He played one of Elton’s songs once – I think it was Your Song, the best thing he ever did – and he was brilliant. You could put them back to back and you wouldn’t know the difference.’

But their taste in music differs. Geoff said at the time that Sir Elton’s music wasn’t “exactly his cup of tea”, adding that he only listened to his brother’s music when it inevitably came on while at a grocery store or at the local pub.

“There is no bad feeling from me towards Elton,” he said in a follow-up interview in 2019. “Far from it. I love him, but our paths have gone in different directions.”

His memory of interactions with the star also changed over time.

Geoff Dwight pictured at his home in Ruthin Denbighshire. Geoff is happy with the life he leads. In 2010, he said he would much rather be “Geoff Dwight than Elton John,” adding that he had “all the riches” he could wish for

In the same interview, he recalled that first meeting with his half-brother in 2010, describing the letters and Christmas cards Sir Elton would send their father and memories of the star turning up to play football with his siblings whenever he was around. bring presents for the children.

In a subsequent interview, he said that Sir Elton visited only once, arriving in a cream-coloured Rolls-Royce with a driver.

They have spoken once in recent years, according to Geoff, when their father Stanley died.

Sir Elton had a well-documented strained relationship with their father, who left Sir Elton and his mother when he was 14.

Pictured: Sir Elton in 2019

Pictured: Sir Elton in 2019

Pictured: Sir Elton in 2019

Geoff recalls going through “the red tape” to track down Sir Elton through his label and management, hoping to arrange a reunion for the father and son on Stanley’s deathbed.

It didn’t happen.

Sir Elton never attended his father’s funeral, although Geoff claims he was invited.

Sir Elton has never shied away from discussing his troubled relationship with his father, and some of his most heartbreaking childhood memories were documented in his biopic, Rocketman.

Geoff sees things differently, even though most of the moments Sir Elton remembers he wasn’t even born yet. He said, “My father loved Elton very much, whatever Elton had said about him, and he was never angry with him, and he never, ever, uttered a word against him.”

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