During Sunday's digital Hay Festival, Elton told former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger that Watford FC has given him ''so much, When I was a big star and a big musician it grounded me, because people who go to football, they'll tell you the truth. The fans will say, 'I don't like your new record, I wish you wouldn't look like that.' ''
Elton wasn't offended, saying, ''They didn't mean anything, it was just something that levelled me out. The passion of the crowds and the horrible things they said about me were part and parcel and it was wonderful.''
Having grown up nearly in Pinner, Elton says he is proud of how far his local club has come.
He said: ''We worked as a team and we got places because we were a team and I didn't just sit there saying, 'Here's another million quid--go and buy that player.'