February 2nd, 2011
12:36 PM ET
Sir Elton John is not biting his tongue on what he really thinks about Billy Joel.
"At the end of the day, he's coasting," John says in the interview. "I always say, 'Billy, can't you write another song?' It's either fear or laziness. It upsets me. Billy's a conundrum.”
According to John, it’s even affected their working relationship.
“We've had so many canceled tours because of illnesses and various other things, alcoholism,” John says, going on to acknowledge that Joel perhaps won’t take kindly to such public displays of brusque affection.
“He's going to hate me for this, but every time he goes to rehab they've been light. When I went to rehab, I had to clean the floors. He goes to rehab where they have TVs,” John says. “I love you, Billy, and this is tough love. Billy, you have your demons and you're not going to get rid of them at rehab light. You've got to be serious. People adore you, they love you and respect you. You should be able to do something better than what you're doing now."
Joel, for his part, seems to be taking John's comments in stride. He told CNN in a statement, "I've worked with Elton for such a long time and I've enjoyed our relationship too much to let something as random as these comments change my affection for him. Elton is just being Elton."
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