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06/10/2020 16:30 BST

Rod Stewart Reveals Failed Attempt At Mending Elton John Friendship After 'Big Falling Out'

The pair used to be "real close" but fell out after Rod made a disparaging comment about Elton's farewell tour.

Rod Stewart has claimed Elton John did not take up the offer of an olive branch after he attempted to repair their friendship. 

The pair fell out after Rod said that Elton’s farewell tour “stunk of selling tickets” during an appearance on a US talk show in March 2018.

A year after Rod first publicly revealed their falling out, he has now told Chris Evans’ How To Wow podcast that his attempts to make amends had apparently been ignored.

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Rod Stewart and Elton John

“We don’t talk to each other anymore. Big falling out,” 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”. 

HuffPost UK has contacted a representative for Elton John for comment and is awaiting a response. 

After Elton announced his farewell tour, Rod called it “dishonest” and “not rock and roll” during an appearance on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen. 

“I don’t think this is a big deal, it stinks of selling tickets,” he said. 

 

Over 18 months later, Rod revealed his comments had impacted on his friendship with Elton. 

He told a Scottish Radio station (via The Telegraph) last November: “I do love Elton, only we’re not talking at the moment. 

“We’ve had a spat, because I criticised his tour as being money-grabbing.”