February 18, 2010 04:05 PM

If guests at Elton John’s legendary Oscar bash need some juicy fodder to prep for this year’s party, they’ve got it – straight from the host himself.

In the most recent issue of Parade magazine, the British singer shares intimate details about his love life before and after he met his longtime partner, David Furnish.

John, 62, says his previous romances, always with “someone younger,” were lopsided. He confesses he would “smother them with love,” exotic trips and expensive gifts like Cartier watches and sports cars.

“They didn’t have jobs. They were reliant on me. I did this repeatedly,” he says of his former flames. “In six months they were bored and hated my guts because I’d taken their lives and self-worth away. I hadn’t intended to.”

But he’s in a much better place with Furnish, his partner since 1993.

“He was very well dressed, very shy,” John says of their first meeting. Noting that he was “instantly” attracted to Furnish, the singer says their relationship took off from there. “The next night we had dinner. After it, we consummated our relationship. We fell in love very quickly.”
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Still, the pair work to keep their relationship strong. “Every Saturday for 16 years, we’ve sent each other a card,” he says, “no matter where we are in the world, to say how much we love each other.

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