'We were not the best of friends towards to end'
Andrew Trendell

11:04 15th February 2016

Sir Elton John has spoken about his relationship and ongoing feud with the late, great David Bowie - explaining why the two 'were not the best of friends towards the end'.

The 'Rocket Man' superstar is renowned for being inspired by Bowie's 'Space Oddity' in his early career to help shape his sound, before the two became fast friends. However, they then fell out over some somewhat controversial comments made by Bowie in an interview. 

 “David and I were not the best of friends towards the end," Sir Elton told The Evening Standard. "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."

He continud: “He once called me “rock’n’roll’s token queen” in an interview with Rolling Stone, which I thought was a bit snooty. He wasn’t my cup of tea. No; I wasn’t his cup of tea.”

However, Sir Elton did pay tribute to Bowie and the way that he handled his final months, adding: 

“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. Everyone else take note of this: Bowie couldn’t have staged a better death. It was classy”.

Speaking of the impact of the news when he first heard it, Sir Elton said: “I was in Los Angeles, asleep. It was 3am and the phone rang. It was David [Furnish, Elton’s partner of 23 years and now husband]. I immediately panicked, as when you get a phone call at three o’clock in the morning you think something is wrong.

“I thought of the kids, something has happened to the kids. And David said, ‘I thought I better let you know, David Bowie has died’. And I was shocked… I couldn’t go back to sleep”.

Paul Weller also had a long feud with his hero Bowie, but that thankfully came to an end in 2008 when the pair exchanged jokes and kind words

Last month, Sir Elton also honoured Bowie by covering him and speaking of how 'inspiring' he was in a lengthy tribute

Last week saw Bowie's son, acclaimed director Duncan Jones, announce that he and his wife were expecting a child - revealing the news in a touching card he made for his father

Details of Bowie's will, fortune and funeral have been revealed - amid reports that he planned more music to be released before his death

Elton John's new album, Wonderful Crazy Night, is out now. His upcoming tour dates are below. For tickets and information, visit here

Fri June 10 2016 - LINCOLN Showground
Sat June 11 2016 - LEICESTER County Cricket Ground
Tue June 14 2016 - LIVERPOOL Liverpool Echo Arena
Sun June 19 2016 - EXETER Westpoint
Sun June 26 2016 - WOODSTOCK Blenheim Palace
Wed July 06 2016 - HENLEY ON THAMES River and Rowing Museum

  • Lorde: "He was a piece of bright pleated silk we could stretch out or fold up small inside ourselves when we needed to. "

  • Kate Bush: "I'm struck by how the whole country has been flung into mourning and shock. Shock, because someone who had already transcended into immortality could actually die. He was ours."

  • Placebo's Brian Molko: "Float around the ether, David. Bounce gracefully off planets light-years away as you become one with the Universe, as you dive into the Great Unknown."

  • Carrie Brownstein: "It feels like we lost something elemental, as if an entire color is gone. "

  • Paddy Considine: "On the 5th day he gave us Blackstar. Then he left. Watch the skies. You will see his light. Thank you David Bowie. You helped this kid dream."

  • Caitlin Moran: "In all the cold, silent, black emptiness of space, we were the ones who had David Bowie. Thank you, you beautiful man. Thank you for giving us us."

  • Creeper's Will Gould: "If I close my eyes I'm still 15 years old, lonely, terrified, moving schools and at night watching you perform on a VHS cassette. I cannot begin to thank you."

  • Arcade Fire: "The world is more bright and mysterious because of him, and we will continue to shout prayers into the atmosphere he created."

  • Cameron Esposito: "He made art, he was art. He showed me my gender & made me safe."

  • Iggy Pop: "David’s friendship was the light of my life. I never met such a brilliant person. He was the best there is."

  • Xan Brooks: "Britain today is that bit more like flat, monochrome Kansas & a bit less like Oz. "

  • Commander Chris Hadfield: " Ashes to ashes, dust to stardust. Your brilliance inspired us all. Goodbye Starman."

  • The Charlatans' Tim Burgess: "He zipped a few years forward every so often, had a look round and then travelled back to let us regular folk know what the future held in store."

  • Brian Eno: "I received an email from him seven days ago. It ended with this sentence: 'Thank you for our good times, Brian. they will never rot'. I realise now he was saying goodbye."

  • Kanye West: "David Bowie was one of my most important inspirations, so fearless, so creative, he gave us magic for a lifetime."

  • Madonna: "He was both masculine and feminine. Funny and serious. Clever and wise. Thank you David Bowie. I owe you a lot. The world will miss you."

  • The Who's Pete Townshend: "We have also lost a wonderful clown whose combined sense of mischief and creativity delightedly touched our hearts. David Bowie was my Salvador Dali.”

  • Guillermo del Toro: "Bowie existed so all of us misfits learned that an oddity was a precious thing. He changed the world forever."

  • Alex Turner: "He's sort of in the DNA of every record. He’s been built-in for a long time."

  • Nile Rodgers: "He was a real innovator - he didn't just do music, he did ideas "

  • Ricky Gervais: "Our relationship was bizarre and surreal, and I felt so privileged to know him"

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