Rod Stewart ends ‘spiteful’ feud with Elton John ‘as an example to his eight kids’

Rod Stewart ends ‘spiteful’ feud with Elton John ‘as an example to his eight kids’

January 15, 2021

IT was a bust-up to rival Taylor Swift vs Katy Perry or Coleen Rooney vs Rebekah Vardy.

But for the time being, at least, Sir Rod Stewart and Sir Elton John are pals once again.

The pair had a spectacular fall-out in 2018 after Rod went on US telly and said Elton was “money-grabbing” for launching a 300-date farewell tour, saying it was “dishonest” and that it “stinks of selling tickets”.

But now the Handbags And Gladrags rocker has admitted he slighted his age-old frenemy and has apologised to set a good example for his eight children.

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.”

The two rockers had been mates for 50 years and have constantly tried to wind one another up, calling themselves Sharon and Phyllis. But Rod’s last set of remarks annoyed Elton.

Writing in his autobiography, Me, Elton explained: “I thought he had a f***ing cheek, complaining about me promoting a tour while he was sat on a TV show promoting his own tour.

"I had no idea what I’d done to upset him so much, which was ironic, given the hours I’d put in over the years deliberately trying to annoy him.”

But once Elton had calmed down he tried to patch things up with Rod on two occasions but was met with silence.

On The Harry Redknapp Show podcast, which is available on Global Player from Tuesday, Rod said he’d realised he was in the wrong and reached out to Elton.

He said: “I was a bit spiteful when he announced his tour. I regret it, I really do regret it.

"So we’re mates again now. I do love him.”

Kim's cut out for corset

WHEN it comes to showing your ex what they are missing, Kim Kardashian is winning hands down.

Last week it was revealed the US reality star has split from her husband Kanye West after six years of marriage.

But rather than just mope around at home, Kim has thrown herself back into work and a very sexy outfit, which I have no doubt will catch the rapper’s eye.

She shared pictures of herself in this striking, corseted one-piece, which had cut-outs on the hips, during a photoshoot for her latest perfume.

Promoting the fragrances, Kim, seen earlier in her Skims underwear, told her 199million Instagram followers: “Three new captivating scents packaged in metallic heart-shaped bottles just in time for Valentine’s Day.”

I’m fairly certain it won’t be long until Kim is someone else’s Valentine.
But I know for sure that the incoming divorce is going to drag on and on.


SIR Tom Jones hasn’t let the pandemic slow him down – as he will release his first album in five years on April 23.

And it follows three and a half months of being on telly every week for The Voice UK.

The Welsh pop legend will be back on our screens tonight as one of the coaches on the ITV singing contest.

But Sir Tom will now be putting his own vocal talents to the test on the upcoming record, called Surrounded By Time. It is his first album since Long Lost Suitcase.

All of the songs are reimagined versions of tracks which have had a big impact on his life and career, including Bob Dylan's One More Cup Of Coffee and Pop Star by Cat Stevens.

JP's going after the gram Sam

HE has just been nominated for a Grammy – and now JP Saxe is firmly in the sights of Sam Smith.

The singer-songwriter, whose track If The World Was Ending is up for Song of the Year, revealed four-time Grammy winner Sam now wants to write with him.

In an exclusive interview, Canadian JP said: “It’s one of my dream sessions to write with Sam. It’s on my list for 2021.

“It’s something Sam floated as an idea. The timing hasn’t worked out for me to get out to London but I’m going to find that moment as soon as it is safe to do so.”

This week he released his new single Line By Line featuring Maren Morris and hopes to put out his debut album later this year after immersing himself in music, particularly at home.

He has been dating fellow singer-songwriter Julia Michaels since 2019 and has now revealed he has Shawn Mendes to thank for getting them together.

JP recalled: “Shawn was the first person to play my music for Julia. He sent her a song called 25 in Barcelona which she posted on her Instagram Story.

“I responded to it and that led to the conversation which got us in the studio to write If The World Was Ending.

“Without him, that song probably wouldn’t exist and I will forever be grateful for that – because of the song and because I’m madly in love with her.”

And it could be a case of history repeating itself for JP’s family when the Grammys take place on March 15 – because his cellist grandfather Janos Starker won Best Instrumental Soloist Performance in 1997.

He said: “My first memory as a child was my mum getting a phone call that her dad had won a Grammy. I can remember my mum just screaming.

“That was the first place my mind went when we heard about the nomination. I heard my mum screaming in my head like I was three years old again.”


MARK Ronson and Diplo are teaming up with Ellie Goulding for a new single.

The two producers have brought back their collaborative project Silk City to join Ellie on track New Love Club.

It is expected to come out in the next fortnight, three years after their tune Electricity featuring Dua Lipa, which won a Grammy.

My source said: “Ellie has been excited to do another big, upbeat dance single and this fits the bill perfectly.

“They’re all ridiculously excited to get it out there.”

Ellie hinted at the song earlier this month, by promising that fans would be hearing from her soon.

Olivia's a stream queen

OLIVIA Rodrigo has come out of nowhere to claim the No1 with her new entry Drivers License.

Since it was released last Friday, the break-up song has gone viral.

And on Monday it broke the record for the biggest single-day of streams for a non-Christmas song on Spotify worldwide. It went on to break its own record on Tuesday.

And yesterday Drivers License became the second-biggest opening week of any song in Spotify history, with more than 65.873million streams.

The teenage actress and musician from California told Apple Music: “I wrote the bulk of the song literally crying in my living room and it definitely has that feel to it.”

Olivia has knocked Little Mix's Sweet Melody off the top spot, while Barry Gibb has his first solo No1 album.

The charts


  1. Drivers License – OLIVIA RODRIGO
  2. Sweet Melody – LITTLE MIX
  3. Afterglow – ED SHEERAN  
  4. Whoopty – CJ
  5. Anyone – JUSTIN BIEBER
  6. Without You – THE KID LAROI  
  7. Paradise – MEDUZA feat. DERMOT KENNEDY
  8. Get Out My Head – SHANE CODD
  9. Levitating – DUA LIPA
  10. You Broke Me First – TATE McRAE


  1. Greenfields: The Gibb Brothers Songbook (Vol 1) – BARRY GIBB
  2. Songs For The Drunk And Broken Hearted – PASSENGER
  3. Evermore –TAYLOR SWIFT
  4. Shoot For The Stars, Aim For The Moon – POP SMOKE
  5. Fine Line –HARRY  STYLES
  6. Confetti –  LITTLE MIX
  7. Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent – LEWIS CAPALDI
  8. Greatest Hits – QUEEN
  9. Future Nostalgia –   DUA LIPA
  10. F**k Love – THE KID LAROI

Cruz's designer hoodie on sale for a cool £110k

CRUZ Beckham's mum and dad Victoria and David are worth an estimated £800million, so perhaps they are the ones he got his entrepreneurial spirit from.

The schoolboy looks on course to make £110,000 by selling a designer hoodie that was gifted to him by his parents’ designer pal, Kim Jones.

The extremely limited- edition Louis Vuitton x Supreme hoodie has been listed online at the hefty price alongside photos of him wearing it.

A description with the item says: “Cruz Beckham has consigned his 1 for 1 Supreme x Louis Vuitton Box Logo Hoodie in the special brown colorway that Kim Jones gifted him. BIN (buy it now) price is $150,000.”

Louis Vuitton and Supreme first teamed up for their limited-edition collection in 2017 and it sold out instantly, with items now commanding huge sums of money.

But I am not sure acclaimed designer Kim will be too pleased to hear Cruz is selling on the present.

Speaking about him in 2019, Victoria said: “Kim is a great friend of me and David and there is nothing more incredible than seeing his collections.

“He is an inspiring figure whose creativity is boundless and his app- reciation for art comes to life in everything he touches.”

Perhaps Cruz isn’t quite as much of a fan.

Nicky's dodge city…

IT was Sex And The City’s leading character Carrie Bradshaw who was always left wondering at the end of every episode.

But Paris Hilton’s older sister Nicky has been scratching her head ever since they missed their chance to be in a cameo on the show.

Nicky has revealed the sisters were supposed to appear on the TV hit but decided to sack it off for no real reason. She explained: “We were cast in Sex And The City.

“We were going to be Samantha Jones’ new neighbours in the Meatpacking district. Paris and I were in LA and we didn’t get on the flight to shoot Sex And The City.”

It’s not surprising they didn’t get another shot at being on the show, which this week was confirmed to be getting another series with Sarah Jessica Parker, Kristin Davis and Cynthia Nixon.

On Sibling Revelry with Kate Hudson and her brother Oliver, Nicky said: “Not only did we not show up, we were so scared that we didn’t even call. It’s one of the biggest regrets ever, as I was so obsessed with the show.”


BEN Affleck has said he only took on the role of Batman for his children, which made the “suffering” of playing the Caped Crusader worthwhile.

The actor, who starred in 2016’s Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice and 2017’s Justice League, said his youngest son Samuel was a big fan.

Ben said: “I did Batman because I wanted to do it for my kids.

“I wanted to do something that my son would dig. I mean, my kids didn’t see Argo.

“I wore the suit to my son’s birthday party, which was worth every moment of suffering on Justice League.”

It's a B movie

CARDI B has landed her first lead acting role.

In the upcoming movie Assisted Living, the WAP rapper will play a crook who disguises herself as an old lady in a nursing home to hide from police.

In a tweet she said she was “overwhelmed with happiness” to get the role.
Cardi’s movie debut was in Jennifer Lopez's 2019 crime drama Hustlers, about a group of strippers.

But she had just got a boob job and liposuction so could not pole dance in the film.

Those skills probably won’t be necessary this time, given that she is pretending to be an elderly woman.

Zayn's steamy windowsill

EVEN after five years and a baby together, Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik are still in the honeymoon period if his new album is to be believed.

The ex-One Direction singer put out his third record Nobody Is Listening yesterday, which features several raunchy songs.

In an explicit one, Windowsill, he sings: “She been on my mind, I swear she the type to roll.

"She with me when I flow, she with me when I don’t, f***ing on the countertops, elevated her. She can ride me blind, I give anything she want.”

There might not be quite as much of that going on since Gigi welcomed their daughter in September.


CRAIG David has got a new muse – up-and-coming singer Kara Marni.

I’ve learned the pair wrote a duet together last year and are planning to get in the studio again once lockdown restrictions ease.

The garage star, who was made an MBE in the New Year’s Honours list, also praised London-born Kara’s new single Trippin’ – which samples Amerie’s 2005 hit 1 Thing.

He wrote on Twitter this week: “Anyone who loves their R&B will love this new one from the super-talented Kara.”

The promising singer can also count Rita Ora and Raye as pals, having toured with them both.

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