The Maggie May singer said he had Elton were friends again after he apologised for speaking out against his friend’s farewell tour, saying it was “money grabbing”.
The pair fell out after Rod appeared on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen in March 2018, where he called Elton’s tour “dishonest” and “not rock and roll”, adding: “I don’t think this is a big deal, it stinks of selling tickets.”
However, Rod has told The Harry Redknapp Show podcast (via The Sun) that their friendship is back on track.
He said: “I say to my kids, ‘A man apologises, go and apologise to your mother’. We’ve just made up as friends again, me and Elton.
“We’ve always been fierce enemies, as you know, through the years, but it’s always been at a playful level.
“But we had the worst row, like a married couple. It went on forever.”
Rod also admitted to being “a bit spiteful” in the 2018 interview, adding: “I regret it, I really do regret it.
“So we’re mates again now. I do love him.”
Rod first revealed that he and Elton had fallen out over his comments in November 2018, saying they were “not talking at the moment”.
He later told Chris Evans’ How To Wow podcast that his first attempt to make amends had apparently been ignored.
He said: “The last time I emailed him and said, ‘I have this football pitch, would you like the boys to come up’, because they both love football. ‘You don’t have to come, [but] if they want to come up and play on this, they’re quite welcome’.”
Rod claimed that he never received a response from Elton, which he says he’d found upsetting as they’d previously been “real close”.
Elton subsequently said Rod had “a fucking cheek” to criticise his farewell tour, discussing the fallout in a new chapter of his autobiography, Me.
He wrote: “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 fucking cheek, complaining about me promoting a tour while he was sat on a TV show promoting his own tour.”