Sir Elton John has opened up about his 40 year feud with fellow queer icon and music legend David Bowie.
Speaking with the Evening Standard Magazine, Sir Elton revealed that the pair were once regular companions who used to hang out together in gay bars but that unflattering comments Bowie made about him in a Rolling Stone interview in the mid 1970s soured the relationship.
“We started out being really good friends. We used to hang out together with Marc Bolan, going to gay clubs, but I think we just drifted apart,” Sir Elton said.
“He once called me ‘rock’n’roll’s token queen’ in an interview with Rolling Stone, which I thought was a bit snooty.”
Even though the pair didn’t end things on a good note, Sir Elton praised the classy and dignified way that Bowie handled his death.
“I wasn’t his cup of tea. But the dignified way he handled his death, I mean, thank God. I knew he’d had a heart attack on stage in Berlin years ago, but not about the cancer,” Sir Elton said.
“Everyone else take note of this: Bowie couldn’t have staged a better death. It was classy.”
Following the news of Bowie’s shock passing in January, Sir Elton paid tribute to the late music legend by playing an extended version of ‘Space Oddity’ at a concert in Los Angeles.