Sir Elton John recently stated that he has become a better person since he has had children. The award-winning singer-songwriter/pianist/composer recently opened up about his infamous temper.

Said John, 66: “We’re all monsters sometimes. I’ve changed a lot, I’ve done a lot of work on myself.” The star was recently honored with the first Brits Icon award, wrote, and between the songs he sang while on stage he added some surprisingly candid revelations.

“My partner has helped me and confronted me on issues, and helped me become a better person.

“Having the children is just the icing on the cake. You have to behave yourself around them. You can’t swear, you can’t do this, because it will reflect on their behavior."

Some of his biggest hits consist of “Your Song,” “Tiny Dancer,” “Candle In The Wind,” “Daniel,” and “Can You Feel The Love Tonight.” The singer, who was born Reginald Kenneth Dwight, has two children with partner David Furnish, 50: Zachary Jackson Levon Furnish-John, who was born Dec. 25, 2010, and Elijah Joseph Daniel Furnish-John, who was born on Jan. 11, 2013. Both boys have the same surrogate mother.

“It’s the best thing that’s happened to me in my life. My partner is damned near that because he’s been with me nearly 20 years,” he continued.

“I regret my drug use and selfishness. But I had to go through that to become the person I am now. I had to learn to become a human being again. I’m 23 years clean now.”

John referred to his  1975 suicide attempt as a call for help. The singer reportedly swallowed 60 Valium pills, according to the Standard, and jumped into a swimming pool in front of his mother and grandmother. “I’m all mouth and no trousers. I’ve never been good at expressing my feelings,” he said.