R+B singer Mary J Blige sees Elton as one of the 'realest' people in showbiz.
The singer has been friends with Elton for years and their relationship remains one of the most important in her life - Elton is expected to be one of the few celebrities to attend Mary's upcoming "family wedding" to fiance Kendu Isaacs.
Mary enthuses, "He is one of the realest people I know. He has such a beautiful heart. He is so generous and has bought me so many wonderful things over the years.
"But of all the things he's given me, the most amazing was a black YAMAHA grand piano he gave me as a housewarming present. I was freaking out, I was like, 'Wow, he is my friend for life!' I practice on it all the time and I can now play three Stevie Wonder songs.