Elton John brands Madonna ‘nasty and ungracious’ over her past comments about Lady Gaga

Details from his explosive released memoir, Me, have been hitting the headlines of late following his comments about several famous faces. 

And Elton John, who’s book was released last week, was at it again as he branded Madonna ‘nasty and ungracious’ over her past comments about Lady Gaga.

The I’m Still Standing hitmaker, 72, discussed a 2012 ABC News segment in which Madonna, 61, said Gaga’s hit Born This Way was ‘reductive’ for sounding too similar to her own track express Yourself.

Scathing remarks: Elton John branded Madonna ‘nasty and ungracious’ over her past comments about Lady Gaga

In his memoir, he said: ‘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.

‘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.’

He added: ‘I think it’s just wrong — an established artist shouldn’t kick down a younger artist right at the start of their career.’ 

MailOnline have contacted a representative of Elton John, Madonna and Lady Gaga for comment.  

Words: Elton, 72, discussed a 2012 ABC News segment in which Madonna, 61, said Gaga’s hit Born This Way was ‘reductive’ for sounding too similar to her own track express Yourself

At the time of Madonna’s interview, Elton hit out at the Material Girl singer, calling her a ‘nightmare’ and a ‘fairground stripper’, little realising his scathing comments would be broadcast on TV. 

Speaking of the blunder, the music legend said: ‘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. 

‘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.’ 

Rant: ‘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’

Having his say: ‘I think it’s just wrong — an established artist shouldn’t kick down a younger artist right at the start of their career’

During the interview in question, Elton said of Madonna: ‘She’s such a nightmare, sorry. Her career’s over, I can tell you that. 

‘Her tour’s been a disaster. She’s been so horrible to Gaga. If Madonna had any common sense she’d have made a record like Ray Of Light, stayed away from the dance stuff and just been a great pop singer and make great pop records which she does brilliantly. 

‘But no, she had to prove that she was, like… and she looks like a f**king fairground stripper.’

In 2016, Elton revealed that he ended his bitter feud with the Queen of pop when they were coincidentally ended up at the same restaurant and he invited her to share a meal with him.

Harsh: At the time of Madonna’s interview, Elton hit out at the Material Girl singer, calling her a ‘nightmare’ and a ‘fairground stripper’, little realising his comments would be broadcast on TV

He told The Graham Norton Show: ‘I said something horrible about her that you should never say. I was in a restaurant in the south of France a couple of years ago and she walked in so I sent her a note saying, “You’ll probably never speak to me again but I am really sorry and ashamed of myself and can I buy you dinner.”

‘She was very gracious and accepted and we talked. We are fine – it was just me and my big mouth.’

The father of two jokingly added: ‘I can’t say it won’t happen again but not with Madonna!’ 

However, it appears that the star may well have reignited their drama following his latest comments in his memoir.

Meanwhile, Madonna and Lady Gaga, 33, certainly seemed to have buried the hatchet, as the two pop stars partied together at an Oscars after-party earlier this year.  

Friends now: Meanwhile, Madonna and Lady Gaga, 33, certainly seemed to have buried the hatchet, as the two pop stars partied together at an Oscars after-party earlier this year

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