Elton John has been feuding with Madonna on and off for the last few years, but his remarks about her in an interview for Australian TV that aired on Sunday night were harsh, even for him. Not only did he declare her career “over,” but he said she looked like a “fairground stripper.”
In the interview, which aired on Australia’s Channel 7 program Sunday Night, Elton said of Madonna, “Why is she such a nightmare? Her career is over, I can tell you that. Her tour has been a disaster and it couldn’t happen to a bigger [expletive].”
He added, “If Madonna had any common sense, she would have made a record like Ray of Light, stayed away from the dance stuff, and just been a great pop singer and made great pop records, which she does brilliantly. But no, she had to prove that she was like…” There, Elton trailed off, but then continued, “And she looks like a [expletive] fairground stripper.” He also complained, “She’s been so horrible to Gaga” — referring to Lady Gaga, who’s godmother to Elton’s son Zachary.
At the Golden Globes earlier this year, Elton and his partner David Furnish publicly dissed Madonna after she beat Elton for the Best Original Song trophy. Elton has also taken public swipes at Madonna in the past for allegedly lip-synching on stage. For the most part, surprisingly, Madonna has kept her cool and hasn’t really risen to the bait, though it will be interesting to see if Elton’s latest insults elicit a response.