Is the Rocket Man ready to rocket down the aisle in a same-sex ceremony?
That's the drama being played out in gossip columns today.
According to an interview in New York's Daily News, Elton John says he is prepared to tie the knot with longtime partner David Furnish.
"We're definitely going to do it when it [Britain's Parliamentary law on civil unions] gets passed," John is quoted in the paper. "I would like to commit myself to David. I already have in my mind anyway."
But hold off on those wedding gifts--a statement released to the media Wednesday from the sequin-friendly singer seems to contradict the report of potential wedded bliss.
"David and I are in favor of gay marriage but have no plans to get married," John said in the statement.
John, 56, and Furnish, 40, have been together for 11 years. Furnish also serves as John's business partner and recently shot a documentary, titled Tantrums and Tiaras, about life with the flamboyant popster.
If the duo does decide to wed, it would be the second time Elton's got hitched, but first with a fellow man. He married Renate Blauel in 1984; they divorced four years later.
The will-they or won't-they wedding talk comes on the heels of Rosie O'Donnell's nuptials to gal-pal Kelli Carpenter.
The Sapphic sweethearts wed at San Francisco's City Hall last week, the most famous of the 3,300-plus same-sex couples to take advantage of the city's progressive stance on marriage.
O'Donnell said she was ultimately spurred to action by President George W. Bush's call two days prior for a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriages.
Ditto John, claims the Daily News. "In this day and age, if people who want to make a life commitment can't have protection, then we live in a pretty sick world," the pop star said.
But because he's British and Furnish is Canadian, the couple is simply waiting for the opportunity to get hitched in Britain. Legislators there are weighing a law on civil unions.
Should John decided to throw caution to the wind (and find himself a sympathetic minister), he's currently performing in the country's quickie wedding capital: Las Vegas.
Last year, the showman inked an estimated $54 million deal to take his show to Sin City. Performances began at Caesars Palace in February.
Of course, John may simply be too busy to get married. He's also at work on two musicals--a London version of Billy Elliott to open in 2004 and a Broadway adaptation of Anne Rice's The Vampire Lestat--and is also providing music for a new Fox TV show produced by ex-Hardy Boy Shaun Cassidy.