Now magazine reveals that Adele has called on Elton to help battle her crippling stage fright before she performs at the Academy Awards next month.
They spent an afternoon at Elton's California home last week and the 24-year-old came away feeling more confident.
A source says that the singer was ''desperate to overcome her nerves'' and explains:
''It's been several months since she last played live, so this is going to be a tough gig for her. But Elton's offered to sit with her and give her counselling.''