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This is your song ... George buries hatchet with an Elton cover at star's fundraiser

THE relationship between George Michael and Elton John was once so bad that Michael told Elton to stop interfering in his life.

But last night any acrimony between the two pop stars was clearly behind them when Michael took to the stage to perform a cover of an Elton John song -- while the artist himself watched.

At a special gig by the former Wham! singer to raise money for Elton's Aids Foundation, Michael told the audience he hoped the singer was among them.

Introducing his cover of Idol at the Royal Opera House in London, he said: "This next song was written by someone I hope has made it in here already -- Elton.

"It's a song he wrote in the 70s and it's about an ageing pop star. Funny that."

As Michael cast his gaze around the audience, Elton waved from the stalls, where he sat beside his partner David Furnish.

Other celebrities present at the black tie event included Kylie Minogue, Melanie Chisholm, members of the band Scissor Sisters, comedian Michael McIntyre and actor James Corden.

Michael singled out Corden, with whom he performed a Comic Relief sketch this year in which the Gavin And Stacey star cried: "You're a joke, George. It's embarrassing."

The singer told the audience: "I don't know how many of you watched Comic Relief.

"The cheeky f***er who wrote that is here tonight -- James, wherever you are."

After coming on stage almost 40 minutes late Michael told fans the evening would be "quite special" for him as his mother had loved coming to the venue.

Elton said the gig was an "incredible and generous gesture" and "a fantastic gift" to those affected by HIV.

Elton's Aids Foundation has raised more than £80m (€93m) since its launch in 1992.