The internet isn’t always a bad place. Take, for example, this Elton John interview from The Guardian, in which the music superstar answers questions from some of his most famous fans. Below, find NewNowNext’s nine queerest moments from Elton’s Q&A with the stars, in no particular order.
He’s a Posh Spice kind of gal
Asked by nonbinary singer-songwriter Sam Smith which Spice Girl he’d be, Elton said he’d have to go with Posh Spice. However, he did add that “there was a side of me before I got sober that would definitely have been Mel B.”
Eminem’s wedding gift to Elton John? Two diamond-encrusted cock rings.
We couldn’t make this one up if we tried. In case you were curious: Yes, they’re gorgeous, and they sit in his parlor “like the crown jewels, in this beautiful box on satin cushions.” No, he and his husband haven’t used them.
Writing “Tiny Dancer” was a bit like…*checks notes* jerking off?
Fellow music great Bob Dylan inquired about Elton’s writing process for this classic song, and his answer was…well, we’ll let him speak for itself:
I don’t remember much about writing it, but I do remember trying to make it sound as Californian as possible. Writing a song like that’s a bit like having a wank, really. You want the climax to be good, but you don’t want it to be over too quickly—you want to work your way up to it. Bernie’s lyric took such a long time to get to the chorus, I thought, “Fuck, the chorus had better be something special when it finally arrives.” And it’s “here I come”, literally.
Kacey Musgraves asking about ghost sightings at Elton’s manor
In the immortal words of Jessica Lange’s Dusty Jackson from The Politician, celebrating Halloween is just part of what gays do. That includes ghost sightings, because of course it does.
Elton’s answer? He hasn’t seen a ghost in his supposedly haunted Windsor manor, although his husband, David, has. She was a Victorian Lady, and David apparently wasn’t nearly as spooked as Elton would’ve been.
He’s got not one, not two, but three drag names
Would you expect anything less from this legend? Asked by actress Tilda Swinton about his drag personas of choice, he had three answers: Sharon Cavendish, his OG drag alter ego; Régine Pouffe, his French drag name; and Tallulah Buckhead, what he goes by when he’s in Atlanta, because he lives near an area called Buckhead.
Freddie Mercury never lost his sense of humor, even when he was dying of AIDS
When asked about his favorite memory of the late queer Queen frontman, Elton recalled Freddie playfully making fun of one of his “awful hats” after Queen had performed onstage. That quick wit never left him, even while he was dying of AIDS, Elton recalled: “He was lying in bed, too weak to stand, losing his sight, going: ’Have you heard Mrs. Bowie’s new album, darling? What does she think she’s doing?’ I always had the best time with him.”
Billie Jean King’s request for a sports-themed Elton John anthem
The out tennis legend was promised an Elton John song to rival go-to sports anthems like Queen’s “We Are The Champions” and “We Will Rock You,” and she’s holding Elton to his word. But the “Tiny Dancer” singer was frank about how he doesn’t think he could ever beat “We Are The Champions”:
… To be honest, “We Are The Champions” can’t be beaten: it’s so good at what it does, any sport can use it. Queen had that market sewn up, which was hysterical, because Freddie Mercury hated sport; he knew nothing about it at all. If you’d mentioned Arsenal to Freddie, he’d have thought it was something to do with gay sex.
He’s buddy-buddy with Highwomen singer Brandi Carlile
Is there a contemporary song Elton wishes he’d written? “Old Town Road” by gay country-rapper Lil Nas X is up there, but “The Joke,” Brandi Carlile’s Grammy-winning Americana song, takes the cake. (There’s no hard feelings, though. Elton and Brandi are buddy-buddy, thank Lesbian Jesus. Where’s that collab?!)
Shyness and his sexual orientation were Elton’s biggest challenges on his path to success
Asked by Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton about obstacles he faced during his rise to stardom, Elton confessed that being shy and being gay were his “biggest challenges.” But he never let them define him or hold him back, and once he got sober, he made a concerted effort to address any lingering hang-ups.