Elton has hit out at reality stars who are propelled into the celebrity limelight after appearing on shows such as Love Island.
The music-maker questioned the likes of Amber Davies and Chris Hughes, and criticised them for not “earning” their stardom.
The former Reg Dwight recently told George Ezra on the latter's podcast: “The word celebrity didn't exist, you were either successful or not.
He continued: “For me, a celebrity is somebody who is top of their game, a top film star, in music, whatever. I hate the word 'celebrity'.
"You've got to work for it and the people that don't work for it and get it instantaneously are the ones that go pfft.”
But Elton has sympathy for them, seeing how mobile phones have hampered their priivacy.
He went on to talk about music, comparing Ed Sheeran's career to his own incredible 50 years in the business.
Elton said: “You have a heyday and you have a rest, and the heyday can never be replaced.
“After that I had the common sense to know I’m not going to have a No1 every time straight away. I knew someone else would take over. It’s cyclical.
“Ed will go through that and I’ve talked to him about it. I’ve said, ‘There’ll come a time where this won’t happen every time and you have to accept that’.”
And while Elton considers Ed to be a “dear friend”, he admitted even he is tired of constantly hearing his protege’s tracks.