Elton John Slams Madonna: “Her Career is Over”

John reignites war of words with the Queen of Pop

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Musician Elton John.

A “fairground stripper.” That’s what Sir Elton John reportedly thinks of Madonna’s latest look in the most recent dust-up of the the music stars’ feud that’s been ongoing for nearly a decade.

The public wasn’t supposed to hear John’s latest assault, however, as his publicity team has stated the portion of the interview on Australia’s Channel 7 that included the Madonna-bashing was off the record. Still, with cameras rolling, John eagerly said that “she’s such a nightmare” and “she looks like a f—ing fairground stripper.”

While not all the comments are online, you can see some of the clips and a transcript of the interview here. And that wasn’t all John said about Madonna, as he also claims “her career is over” and that “her tour has been a disaster.” It appears he couldn’t be any happier about it either.

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John suggests in the interview that Madonna should have stayed away from dance music altogether and stuck to pop songs, which she does “brilliantly.”

The feud between Madonna and John started—at least publicly—in 2004 when John called out Madonna for lip-syncing on tour, saying “anyone who lip-syncs in public on stage when you pay $134 to see them should be shot.” He added another jab on Good Morning America in January when talking about Madonna’s then-upcoming Super Bowl halftime performance, saying he hoped Madonna would “lip sync good.” John’s husband, David Furnish, even got had some words for Madge at this year’s Golden Globe ceremonies. “I like Madonna’s music, but not her movies,” he said after John lost to Madonna in the Best Original Song category. “She should stick to what she is good at.”

Things have gotten a little more personal between the two as John also said in the Australian interview that Madonna has been “horrible” to Lady Gaga, a close friend of John who also serves as godmother to his and Furnish’s 19-month-old son Zachary.

Don’t worry, though, the Queen of Pop hasn’t taken everything sitting down, letting people know she thinks Lady Gaga’s Born This Way rips off her song Express Yourself. After telling Newsweek that it was a “wonderful way to redo” her own song, Madonna told ABC’s 20/20 that “Born This Way” “felt reductive.”

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