One of the more interesting revelations to arise from Elton John’s new memoir, Me, was his labelling of Queen of Pop Madonna as “ungracious and nasty”. He referenced the star when talking about her feud with Lady Gaga.
The ‘I’m Still Standing’ singer highlighted that his own feud with Madonna started when she began berating Lady Gaga in 2012. “I used to make fun of [Madonna] for lip-syncing on stage, but the problem really started when she ran Gaga down on an American chat show,” John said while referencing her 2012 ABC News interview.
In the interview from 2012, Madonna labelled Gaga’s ‘Born This Way’ as “reductive” and made references to her own 1989 hit ‘Express Yourself’. While the similarities are there to be seen, John took offence to the comment.
“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,” John writes in Me.
“I think it’s just wrong — an established artist shouldn’t kick down a younger artist right at the start of their career.” It clearly irked Elton as he used his own interview to label Madonna a “fairground stripper”.
“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,” he notes.
“You can tell from the footage that it wasn’t part of the interview, that I was just sounding off to an old friend between takes… They broadcast it anyway, which brought that particular old friendship to a very swift conclusion. Still, I shouldn’t have said it. I apologised.”
This insight is just one more added to the wave of wild stories that are emerging from his new book. It appears that Me will be the most revelatory rock memoir in recent years.