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Entertainment Elton John calls Michael Jackson 'mentally ill,' Tina Turner a 'nightmare' in new book

20:20  16 october  2019
20:20  16 october  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

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Tina Turner called him 'fat,' was a nightmare to work with. One of " Me 's" less-flattering passages is reserved for Tina Turner . In 1997, the two artists discussed a joint tour "that quickly turned On April 18, 1972, John Lennon and his wife, Yoko Ono, leave a U.S. Immigration hearing in New York City.

John claims that the late pop star seemed to have "totally lost his marbles," according to his new memoir.

Elton John isn't holding back.

Elton John wearing sunglasses posing for the camera© Provided by USA TODAY, a division of Gannett Satellite Information Network, Inc. In his irreverent and achingly personal new memoir "Me," released Tuesday, the legendary rock star gets candid about his tumultuous childhood, past relationships and years-long struggles with alcoholism, drug addiction and his sexuality, before coming out as gay and getting sober nearly three decades ago.

It's an engrossing read for any longtime fan of John, 72, whose life and career was explored earlier this year in big-screen biopic "Rocketman," starring Taron Egerton as the Grammy-winning hit-maker. Far more so than the movie, the roughly 400-page "Me" is chock full of dishy celebrity anecdotes as John recounts funny and sometimes sad stories about his famous friends, collaborators and acquaintances.

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Elton John says Michael Jackson came off as "genuinely mentally ill " late in life -- which left the Rocket Man himself believing the King Certain outlets have obtained an advanced copy of the book -- and one excerpt about Michael is making the rounds in which Elton discusses his mental state.

In his new book , Elton John calls Michael Jackson “ mentally ill " and "a disturbing person to be John also speculates about Jackson ’s tortured relationship with prescription drugs, alluding to his John also writes about his feud with Tina Turner , his relationship with Queen Elizabeth, and the time

Here are some of the most surprising things we learned:

Michael Jackson was 'disturbing' to be around during lunch at Elton John's house

Not long after getting sober, John began a sweet courtship with now-husband David Furnish, whom he was introduced to in 1993 and dated in secret for the first few months of their relationship. John soon decided to throw a lunch to introduce Furnish to his mother and friends – among them a psychiatrist, who brought along none other than Michael Jackson as a last-minute guest.

John had known the now-late pop star since he was a teenager, "but at some point in the intervening years, he started sequestering himself from the world," John writes. "God knows what prescription drugs he was being pumped full of, but every time I saw him in his later years I came away thinking the poor guy had totally lost his marbles. I don't mean that in a light-hearted way. He was genuinely mentally ill, a disturbing person to be around."

Report: Elton John Believes Michael Jackson Was ‘Genuinely Mentally Ill’

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Elton John speaks on the late King Of Pop in his newest book . Elton John is readying the arrival of his new memoir Me , set to arrive this week. Just ahead of its official release In the excerpt, John expresses that he felt as though the King of Pop was "genuinely mentally ill " in his later life, detailing

Elton John remembers Michael Jackson as a “disturbing person” plagued with mental illness during the final years of his life, RadarOnline.com can But it wasn’t until Jackson ’s later years that John questioned “what prescription drugs he was being pumped full of.” “He was genuinely mentally ill , a

John continues that the ensuing lunch with Jackson was "even stranger" than he anticipated: They had to sit indoors with curtains drawn because of Jackson's vitiligo, a skin condition, and the "Thriller" singer refused to eat. He eventually wandered away from the table and was found hours later playing video games with the housekeeper's 11-year-old son.

"The poor guy looked awful, really frail and ill," John recalls. "He was wearing makeup that looked like it had been applied by a maniac ... (and) his nose was covered with a sticking plaster which kept what was left of it attached to his face."

USA TODAY has reached out to Jackson's estate for comment.

Freddie Mercury was 'completely outrageous' until his death, got John a cheeky Christmas gift

John shares some heartbreaking anecdotes about the since-deceased pop culture icons he met throughout his life, including Elvis Presley, who was "overweight," "sluggish," "completely gone" and "barely coherent" when they were introduced backstage at a show; and Princess Diana, whose approachability and magnetism reduced Hollywood stars to "love-struck teenage idiots." (John has long-refused to play the 1997 version of "Candle in the Wind" that was re-written and re-recorded for Diana's funeral, calling the public's obsession with it "morbid and unnatural.")

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Legendary singer Elton John has called late pop icon Michael Jackson " mentally ill " in his upcoming memoir. In the memoir titled, " Me ", Elton John Elton John developed friendship with MJ early on in his career. He has now admitted that over the years, he became concerned about the way in which he

ELTON John has reportedly described the changes he saw in Michael Jackson during the singer's final years, branding the King of Pop " mentally ill " and a In another excerpt, Elton supposedly recalls a gathering he and then-future husband David Furnish invited MJ to, only to discover Jackson , who

But one of the book's most devastating passages is about John's friend Freddie Mercury, who died of AIDS-related complications in 1991.

"He hadn't told me he was ill – I'd just found out through mutual friends," John writes. "I visited him a lot when he was dying, although I could never stay for much longer than an hour. It was too upsetting."

But the charismatic Queen frontman remained in good spirits: In the weeks leading up to his death that November, "he was too frail to get out of bed, he was losing his sight, his body was covered in Kaposi's sarcoma lesions, and yet he was still definitely Freddie, gossiping away, completely outrageous."

After he died, John received a Christmas gift that Mercury had bought him: a watercolor by the artist Henry Scott Tuke, who painted male nudes, which the "Bohemian Rhapsody" singer attached a cheeky note to saying, "Thought you'd love this." "Like I said before: Freddie was magnificent," John writes.

Tina Turner standing in front of a stage: Tina Turner at a concert in 2008.© Orlin Wagner/AP Tina Turner at a concert in 2008.

Tina Turner called him 'fat,' was a nightmare to work with

One of "Me's" less-flattering passages is reserved for Tina Turner. In 1997, the two artists discussed a joint tour "that quickly turned into a disaster," John writes. During the planning stages, he says she called him at home "with the express intention of telling me how awful I was and how I had to change before we could work together."

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Michael Jackson with Elton John in 1978. Photo: Adam Scull/Shutterstock. When John called Furnish to say that Jackson would be coming to the lunch, he “was interrupted by an Elton John Describes a Bizarre Lunch With Michael Jackson in New Memoir “He was genuinely mentally ill , a

Sir Elton John has called Michael Jackson “ mentally ill , a disturbing person to be around” in his Jackson was the subject of a damning documentary, Leaving Neverland: Michael Jackson and Me Read more: Sir Elton John reveals spat with Tina Turner . Sir Elton said that when Jackson had

"She didn't like my hair, she didn't like the color of my piano – which for some reason had to be white – and she didn't like my clothes," John says. " 'You wear too much Versace, and it makes you look fat – you need to wear Armani,' she announced."

Tensions rose when they started rehearsals for a joint performance for VH1 Divas Live, where John's band told him they refused to tour with her and called her a "(expletive) nightmare." John says she continually scolded him and his bandmates for "not playing ('Proud Mary') right," until he finally had enough and told Turner "to stick her tongue up her (expletive)" before storming off.

The tour was eventually scrapped, and John went on the road with his friend Billy Joel instead.

USA TODAY has reached out to representatives for Turner for comment.

Yoko Ono asked him to record unreleased John Lennon songs, but he refused

John was first introduced to John Lennon in the early '70s when Lennon and then-wife Yoko Ono were estranged. The two became fast friends and partied regularly with fellow Beatles member Ringo Starr. (One memorable evening, John writes, they refused to answer the door for artist Andy Warhol because they didn't want to be photographed with "icicles of cocaine" hanging from their noses.)

John says he was shaken by Lennon's murder in 1980: "I really loved John, and when you love someone that much, I don't think you ever quite get over their death."

Elton John Delights Toronto Fans With Surprise Appearance At Farewell Tour Pop-Up

  Elton John Delights Toronto Fans With Surprise Appearance At Farewell Tour Pop-Up Elton John is in Toronto ahead of his two Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour concerts in the city later this week, and the “Rocket Man” singer sent fans over the edge when he made a surprise appearance at the #EltonFarewellTour Toronto Pop-Up. Sir Elton’s first-ever pop up — presented by Universal Music Canada, Bravado, and Henry Holt & Co — opened Monday in downtown Toronto, and will run until Saturday, Oct. 26, featuring Toronto-exclusive merch and collaborations, plus daily in-store contests.

In his new memoir titled Me , Elton John opens up on how his perception towards Michael Jackson changed following his early interactions with Elton goes on to subconsciously associate Jackson 's alleged mental state later on in his life with either an unknown condition "going on in his head" or a

Singer-songwriter Elton John has a new autobiography coming out and in it, he makes a number of statements regarding Michael Jackson , claiming that the controversial pop icon was “ mentally ill ” and “disturbing to be around.” In John ’s first ever memoir, “ Me ,” he wrote about his interactions with

He goes on to say that he received a call from Ono a couple years later asking to meet. When he arrived in New York, "she told me she'd found a load of tapes with unfinished songs John had been working on before he died," John writes. "She asked me if I would complete them, so they could be released. It was very flattering, but I absolutely didn't want to. I thought it was too soon."

John never did record the songs, saying it would've been "presumptuous" putting his voice on the same records as Lennon's. "I thought it was horrible," he adds. "Yoko was insistent, but so was I."

USA TODAY has reached out to representatives for Ono for comment.

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