A year after Gest’s death his former bodyguard opens up to The Sun, that the reality star was so angry to Sir Elton for expressing doubts in his (Gest’s) sexuality publicly that he even hired a hitman to kill the music legend. In 2002, when Gest had just married Liza Minelli, , Sir Elton joked: “I’d love to buy Liza a heterosexual husband”. And if to believe the bodyguard Imad Handi’s words, these words almost cost him life. According to Handi, Gest himself found the unnamed hit man, and had Handi give him a downpayment of $25K to take out Elton John at a 2003 concert in Anaheim, California. “He looked me in the eyes and said, ‘I want him dead’” Handi recalled in his interview with the tabloid. “I think he was so angry because Elton rumbled who he really was.” Handi did as he was told, claiming, “I felt guilty but I felt loyalty to David.” And that’s when the bodyguard began his effort to convince Gest to call off the hit, which was scheduled for January 17, 2003, “I started to really worry about being implicated and at the start of 2003 I pleaded with him to call it off. He eventually said OK but told me I had to get his money back. The man only gave me £8,000 [about $10K] back so David lost £12,000 [appx. $15K], but at least Elton didn’t die,” the former bodyguard says, although The Sun insists Handi is angry to his ex-boss and says a lot of nasty things about him, so there is no need to believe his words blindly, no one can check whether it was true or not.