Ouch! Sir Elton John isn’t mincing his words when it comes to pop’s leading ladies Demi Lovato and Lady Gaga.
In a very candid new interview with the New York Times, Sir Elton gave his unfiltered views on Demi and Lady Gaga, where he described a recent duet with Lovato as “unfortunate” and Gaga’s latest solo album as “unfocused.”
“It was unfocused,” John recently told the publication of Gaga’s 2014 album Artpop before taking serious aim Gaga’s fellow pop star Demi Lovato.
“[It] went down the E.D.M. dance-routine thing, and I thought she already made that record,” Sir Elton, who the site is reporting is “serving as a sounding board” on a Gaga’s new tracks, said in the new interview.
But despite blasting her most recent release, John also recently confirmed that he’s working with Gaga on her upcoming album to Beats 1.
“I’m writing with Lady Gaga tomorrow,” he said earlier this week. “I’ve heard two songs, which are killer. They’re just great songs. It’s like back to the early stuff of hers – like ‘You and I’ and the Bruce Springsteen one, as I always call it, ‘Bad Romance.'”
Someone Sir Elton John probably won’t be working with again anytime soon? Demi Lovato.
Speaking to the New York Times, Elton John then turned his attention to his recent onstage team-up with Demi Lovato, where he revealed that he wasn’t too thrilled with how the live collaboration went.
Speaking candidly in the interview, Elton admitted that Lovato struggled with a few notes during their performance of “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart,” even telling the site that he felt Demi had “an unfortunate time” trying to perform his 1965 hit with Kiki Dee.
“The song was in the wrong key for [Demi],” he continued of the moment Lovato joined him on stage on January 13 during at the Wiltern in Los Angeles.
Demi is yet to respond to John’s remarks, although she did take to Instagram following the performance to post a sweet photo of the twosome embracing on stage after the performance.
“I won’t go breaking your heart Sir Elton,” Lovato wrote alongside a heart emoji, before adding, “Honored to share stage with you!”
Despite John’s criticism of Lovato’s performance, Rolling Stone reported post-performance that Demi “matched John in volume and energy” when she hit the stage during the concert, and reports confirmed that Elton even introduced Demi to the stage by describing her as “the fabulous Demi Lovato.”
However, the performance clearly didn’t please everybody.
Journalist John Beaudin appeared to agree with John’s stance, writing earlier this month, “At first it seemed Demi couldn’t sing the low notes at all. Then many thought she was singing it in the wrong key. At one point there seemed like nothing coming out of her mic and finally we hear what sounds like shouting.”
But we’re guessing Lovato won’t let Elton John’s “unfortunate” comments bother her, as Demi only recently revealed to Allure that she’s feeling more confident than ever before.
No dia 13/01 a Demi se apresentou com Elton Jonh, e aqui temos umas fotos de sua performance . pic.twitter.com/6LdYRIHriW
— Devonne Today (@Devonne_Today) January 15, 2016
“I’ve never felt as confident in my skin as I do today,” Demi Lovato told the fashion and beauty magazine earlier this month. “A year ago, on tour, almost every inch of my body was covered by clothing, and it was because I was hiding behind so many layers.”
“Once I started feeling better about myself, I felt better about showing more skin,” Demi continued in the body confidence interview. “I have insecurities about my arms, so to wear a tank top on stage is extremely liberating for me, and uncomfortable sometimes. It’s also a statement, like, ‘Hey, watch out. You’re no longer getting the insecure Demi that you’ve been getting for the past couple of years’. I mean business now.”
Watch Demi Lovato and Elton John’s performance of “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” below;
[Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Island Records]