“I couldn’t see why [Madonna] was so ungracious and nasty about it.”

Elton John spills the tea about his drama with Madonna in his new memoir, Me, out now. He opens up about his roller coaster relationship with the Queen of pop, and why he came to Lady Gaga’s defense a number of years ago after Madonna was asked on national television to comment on the apparent similarities between some of Gaga’s work and her own.

“I used to make fun of [Madonna] for lip-synching on stage, but the problem really started when she ran Gaga down on an American chat show,” John says.

“I got that Gaga’s single ‘Born This Way’ definitely sounded similar to ‘Express Yourself,’ but I couldn’t see why she was so ungracious and nasty about it, rather than taking it as a compliment… particularly when she claims to be a champion for women.”

He added: “I think it’s just wrong – an established artist shouldn’t kick down a younger artist right at the start of their career.”

The feud exploded after a television show aired remarks Elton made – he was under the impression it was off the record and that cameras weren’t rolling.

“I was furious and I said some pretty horrible things about her to a TV interviewer in Australia, a guy I’d known since the seventies called Molly Meldrum. You can tell from the footage that it wasn’t part of the interview, that I was just sounding off to an old fiend between takes…

“They broadcast it anyway, which brought that particular old friendship to a very swift conclusion,” he said. “Still, I shouldn’t have said it. I apologized…”

Elsewhere in his memoir, Elton says “The only real star at the moment is Lady Gaga.”

“She could have a career like Barbra Streisand if she wanted to. She’s got the ambition, she’s got the talent coming out of every pore of her body, so it’s up to her whether she wants it and I think she does want it.”

What do YOU think about Elton’s comments on Madonna? Let us know what you think in the comments.

21 Responses

  1. I know this is old news but I swear to Britney Jean Spears that after all these years I still CANNOT see why people say “Born This Way” sounds similar to “Express Yourself”! I’m not saying it doesn’t, I’m saying I can’t see it. But I honestly think people overreacted.

  2. Personally, I’ve always found Elton to be obnoxious and find it pretty hypocritical to see him come down on Madonna for not kissing Gaga’s feet. Even before Gaga was a “thing” he never liked Madonna and constantly took jabs at her. Now that she’s coming at someone else the same way he came at her, there’s a problem? Whatever Elton…you’re tired, desperate and can only keep your own name in the headlines by mentioning Madonna’s name.

  3. What a load of **** Elton! Madonna didn’t start the feud between she and Gaga. It was from Gaga herself. Her constant use of Madonna’s name. Always saying things in press or at shows. She always dropped her name for attention! You never heard Madonna speaking about Gaga at all until Born This Way. And she was asked what she thought of the whole thing. And this wasn’t the first time Gaga has tried to be like Madonna. Gaga has a habit offering people to get ahead. Look up the drama between her and Perez Hilton. How they attacked a Christina Aguilera. Those two used to be tight u til she didn’t need him anymore. She’s known to use people. And when done or doesn’t go the way she wants? She tosses them.

    And Elton himself was always doing the same as Gaga for years! His claim she lip synced, and when he was proven wrong he shut up. When she won Golden Globe over him. He became bitter again and made accusations about her. Both are bitter that she is more famous than they.

      1. Just watch her documentary on Netflix. You can even find articles about her discussing Born That Way prior to Madonna speaking of it. Seriously, just google it and you’ll find it,

  4. Lady Gaga taught me what kind of lady I would desire to marry – because of content of her music (brains) and her performances (sexuality & sensuality). Madonna has never had this impact on the way I view female’s magic & potential. Lady Gaga is a high priestess, while Madonna is but a tramp priestess. (If anyone knows Lady Gaga, send her my way) @-)

    1. 🤣 Gaga has been with men and got dumped by them in them in the past few years. She ruined Cooper’s relationship with his baby mama. Her fiancé dropped her cause of it. And her previous fiancé, Taylor Kinney dropped her cause of her controlling ways. But since he isn’t one to speak out. She did and gave a lame excuse. Again Gaga isn’t this queen you imagine. She’s a very controlling person. Its always her way or not at all. She has always put on this fake persona for media and press. Kind of like a Joan Crawford type.

    1. Express Yourself always has been inclusive of all. But yes, it was made to help bring gay awareness and acceptance cause when it was made in the late 80s. And during the AIDS crisis. We were being attacked and killed cause people still believes it was a gay disease! And we had no rights then. Gaga now is just following her play book and has been for years. Kind of like the song suggests, 2 Steps behind.

      1. Everybody is always following someone else’s playbook. It’s called history and chronological order. Like a wise ancient King once said: Nothing new under the sun. Yet, Gaga, like the Moon above, still has many moon phases to show.

  5. I think Eltons always been really bitchy about Madonna because shes a strong intelligent woman who says it how it is. I think Eltons been annoyed with Madonna since she wone the Golden Globe for best song and he lost. As for lady gaga i think shes a completely different artist to Madonna . There were maybe some similarities in the beginning but lady gaga has grown into her own artist. And Madonna is forever is a smooth creamy pop icon goddess!! 😜

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