Elton John addresses his fallout with Rod Stewart in new book chapter

‘I thought he had a f***ing cheek!’ Elton John, 73, addresses his fallout with Rod Stewart, 75, in a new chapter from his autobiography Me… after the Maggie May rocker slammed his tour

Elton John, 73, has reportedly addressed his fallout with Rod Stewart, 75, in a new chapter from his autobiography Me.

The stars fell out at some point two years ago, when the Maggie May rocker poked fun at the Your Song singer’s retirement tour and again in 2019 after he made a remark about the biopic made about Elton called Rocketman.

According to The Sun, Elton has addressed their feud in a new chapter from the paperback version of his autobiography called Me.

New chapter: Elton John, 73, has reportedly addressed his fallout with Rod Stewart, 75, in a new chapter from his autobiography Me

In an excerpt obtained by the publication, the legendary musician is said to say that Rod had a ‘f***ing cheek’ lecturing him about ‘rock and roll’.

It reads: ‘I certainly didn’t feel like I needed a lecture on the feral spirit of rock and roll from someone who’d spent most of the last decade crooning his way through the Great American Songbook and Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas. 

‘What’s more, I thought he had a f***ing cheek, complaining about me promoting a tour while he was sat on a TV show promoting his own tour.’

According to the publication, Elton goes on to reveal that he reached out to Rod and told him they had ‘known each other far too long to fall out over something like that’. 

Feud: The stars fell out at some point two years ago, when the Maggie May rocker poked fun at the Your Song singer’s retirement tour and again in 2019 after he made a remark about the biopic made about Elton called Rocketman (pictured in 2002) 

Yet Rod’s manager reportedly told him that he was unable to speak to him on the phone as he was on ‘constant vocal rest’ between touring.

Elton is said to say: ‘I had no idea what I’d done to upset him so much. Which was ironic, given the hours I’d put in over the years deliberately trying to annoy him.’

MailOnline has contacted both Elton and Rod’s representatives for comment.

Rod previously addressed the comments he made on television in an interview with The Mail on Sunday’s Event Magazine in 2018. 

Biography: According to The Sun , Elton has addressed their feud in a new chapter from the paperback version of his autobiography called Me, which he teased on his Instagram on Tuesday 

Tiff: In an excerpt obtained by the publication, the legendary musician is said to say that Rod had a ‘f***ing cheek’ lecturing him about ‘rock and roll’ (pictured together in London in 1978)

He had said on a U.S. TV show in 2018 that Elton’s retirement tour ‘stinks of selling tickets’ and added: ‘It’s dishonest. It’s not rock ‘n’ roll.’ 

Talking to Event about the remark, Rod admitted: ‘I was a bit unfair to Elton on a drunk night on television in New York, when I spitefully said, ”I think it’s bang out of order that you announce a farewell tour every time, and it stinks of grabbing money.”

‘I wish I hadn’t said it. I think he’s very upset with me. Penny keeps saying, ”Send him an apology.” So I should really.’

The new chapter comes after Elton promoted his paperback autobiography to his Instagram on Tuesday evening.


It reads: ‘What’s more, I thought he had a f***ing cheek, complaining about me promoting a tour while he was sat on a TV show promoting his own tour.’ (Rod, left, and Elton, right)  

Posing with the book, he penned: ‘It’s here! I’m so delighted to release the paperback edition of ‘Me’ into the world. 

‘There’s a brand new chapter that covers the highs and lows of the last year and I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I have enjoyed writing it #EltonJohnBook.’  

It comes after a source close to Elton told The Sun over the weekend: ‘Rod’s continued barbed and personal criticism of his recent successes has crossed a line beyond their usual friendly rivalry. 

‘Elton cherishes his friendship with Rod and hasn’t wanted to go public so made attempts to contact Rod directly to clear the air.

‘When his requests to speak were either knocked back or went unanswered, Elton felt compelled to set the record straight with this new chapter in his autobiography.

MailOnline contacted representatives of Rod and Elton for a comment at the time. 

The source added that Elton claims he never received any attempt at an olive branch from his former pal. 

Last week, Rod made claims he had tried to reach out to Elton to try and heal their rift, only for this to be ignored.  

Speaking to Chris Evans on his podcast, Rod said: ‘We don’t talk to each other anymore. Big falling out.

Reaching out: According to the publication, Elton goes on to reveal that he reached out to Rod and said they had ‘known each other far too long to fall out over something like that’ (pictured in 1991) 

‘Last time I emailed him I said, ”I’ve got this football pitch, would you like the boys to come up?” You know, cos they both love football.’

It appears the invite to Rod’s personal pitch was not of interest to Elton – who shares sons Zachary, nine, and Elijah, seven, with husband David Furnish – as he allegedly never replied.  

Rod, who is married to Penny Lancaster, has two boys too, of a similar age: Alistair, 14, and Aiden, nine.

Last year, Rod revealed the feud during an interview with Dermot O’Leary.

‘Vocal rest’: Yet Rod’s manager reportedly told him that he was unable to speak to him as he was on ‘constant vocal rest’ between touring (Elton pictured in January)  

‘We’re not talking nowadays. He has got the hump with me now,’ Rod revealed. ‘We’re both very stubborn, so neither of us call each other.’

He had previously claimed: ‘I do love Elton, only we’re not talking at the moment. We’ve had a spat. I criticised his tour as being money-grabbing.’ 

The tour in question – titled Farewell Yellow Brick Road – is an ongoing endeavour, which was announced in 2018 and is said to last until 2023, consisting of 300 gigs worldwide. It’s supposedly the crooner’s last-ever tour. 

Rod also branded Rocketman – which lost out on scooping any Oscars last year – ‘not very flattering’.

He compared it to the Freddie Mercury biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody, from the previous year, saying: ‘I don’t think [Rocketman] quite lived up to it.’

Rod also said of Elton that they were, at one time, ‘close friends’ and that Elton was ‘a wonderful ally’. 

‘He’s one of the most generous people I’ve ever met,’ he told Dermot at the time. 

Apologetic: Rod previously addressed the comments he made on television in an interview with The Mail on Sunday’s Event Magazine in 2018, he said: ‘I wish I hadn’t said it’ (pictured in 2019) 

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