Elton John has defended his friend Eminem from accusations of homophobia, saying: ‘I’ll fight for anyone who is misunderstood and misrepresented by the idiots out there.’
The British icon added in an interview with Zane Low for Beats 1: ‘I’m always a supporter of the people that are getting trashed. For me Eminem was never homophobic,’ reports ET Canada.
In addition, the dad of two spoke of his upcoming birthday in the interview – he turn 70 tomorrow [25 March].
Eminem has courted controversy with anti-gay and transphobic lyrics throughout his career. However, he has spoken publicly in favor of gay marriage, and of his friendship with Elton.
Elton furthermore added: ‘I listened to the whole of the Marshall Mathers album when I drove to a show in South Hampton and I was floored by it. And I thought how could anyone think this is… he’s just writing about the way things are. Not how he thinks but the way things are.’
Addressing a performance with Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose, he also said: ‘And the same with Axl. Never in a million years did I think he was homophobic. So I did things.
‘I did the MTV Music Awards with him and the Guns N’ Roses and I did the Grammys with Marshall and I became very big friends with Marshall. I’ll fight for anyone who is misunderstood and misrepresented by the idiots out there.’
Of course, Elton’s 2001 Grammys performance with Eminem is, in the very least, unforgettable. Watch it below.