Elton John on Tabloids: “It’s One Thing About Britain That Sucks”
Elton John is thrilled about the royal wedding but concerned about the intense media scrutiny the newlyweds will face. As part of the same Barbara Walters interview in which he and David Furnish confirm that Lady Gaga is their baby son’s godmother, John discusses the upcoming nuptials of Prince William and Kate Middleton and his joy for the couple.
But he also expresses frustration with the way the notoriously combative British press treats the royals and other public figures. “The press are going to give you a bumpy ride,” says the music legend. “They’re going to love you, they’re going to hate you. I just hope [William and Middleton] love each other enough to stay away from all that.”
Paparazzi culture was a major presence in the life of the late Princess Diana, William’s mother and John’s close friend. “You know there’s one thing in the world, if I could get rid of, is that negativity in the British press. That hatefulness, that horrible nastiness that we have pervades our British media. “I’m sorry we have it but we do. And we have to live [with] it because it’s a great country, but it’s one thing about Britain that sucks.” Check out video of the segment below!