Elton John is one of precious few performers who are so revered, they can literally do and say pretty much whatever they please — but he's pretty much the only one to fully take advantage of that status.
On Sunday, John stoked the fires of his long-running feud with pop empress Madonna. Asked his opinion on the spate of bad press Madonna's received on her MDNA tour, Elton John got candid on Australia's Channel 7 program. "Why is she such a nightmare? Her career is over, I can tell you that. Her tour has been a disaster and it couldn't happen to a bigger c**t."
This isn't the first time John has publicly insulted Madonna, either. In 2004, he ridiculed the singer after she won a Q award for Best Live Act: "Madonna, best f**king live act? F**k off. Since when has lip-synching been live?"
John also brought out the claws earlier this year when both he and Madge were nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Original Song. On the red carpet before the show, he sniped that she didn't "have a f**king chance" of winning. When she did, Elton's husband David Furnish took to Facebook to rant, "Madonna winning Best Original Song truly shows how these awards have nothing to do with merit. Her acceptance speech was embarrassing in its narcissism."
Madonna, for her part, hasn't really responded to any of Elton's vitriol — perhaps because she knows the only way she'll win this fight is to pretend she doesn't care. John's publicity team is now saying the conversation was meant to be off the record, as he and interviewer Molly Meldrum are close friends.
Maybe next time John should take a cue from his close pal Lady Gaga and refuse to name the person he's hating on outright.