Elton: Billy Joel needs tough love
Sir Elton John has sent a tough message to troubled singer Billy Joel, urging him to be serious about rehabilitation and "do something better" with his life.
The pop superstar makes the comments about his former touring partner in the February 17 edition of Rolling Stone magazine, in which he says the pair cancelled many tours because of Billy's illnesses and "alcoholism".
He also says Billy should approach rehab as he did - with patients cleaning floors, not watching television.
Sir Elton said Billy was going to "hate" him for this, but he needed tough love.
The Uptown Girl singer spent a month in a California rehab centre for alcohol abuse treatment in 2005. He spent about two weeks at a Connecticut centre in 2002.
Reacting to Sir Elton's comments, Billy later said simply: "Elton is just being Elton."
While Sir Elton predicted he would "hate" him for his comments, the US singer said he had enjoyed their relationship so much that he would not let the comments change his affection for him.