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Billy Joel Responds to Elton John’s “Tough Love” on Alcohol (EXCLUSIVE)

Truth rating: 10

By Daniel Gates

EXCLUSIVE

(Rolling Stone)

Elton John has some straight talk for Billy Joel.

In a new Rolling Stone cover interview, the British music legend doesn’t mince words when discussing Joel, his friend and frequent touring partner.

“He’s going to hate me for this, but every time he goes to rehab they’ve been light [on him],” says John. “When I went to rehab, I had to clean the floors. He goes to rehab where they have TVs.”

John continues, “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.”

He also claims the struggle to remain sober is damaging Joel’s music.

“At the end of the day, he’s coasting,” says John. “I always say, ‘Billy, can’t you write another song?’ It’s either fear or laziness. It upsets me.”

“Billy’s a conundrum. We’ve had so many cancelled tours because of illnesses and various other things, alcoholism.”

Now Joel has responded to John’s remarks in an exclusive statement to Gossip Cop.

“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,” says Joel.

“Elton is just being Elton.”

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