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Elton thinks there’s been a rise in anti-gay rhetoric around the world, including in Britain.

“You know, I don’t like it here at the moment, to be honest. I don’t like the hatred here,” the songwriter stated.

”It’s like David said recently, it’s like a boil has been lanced that was there for a long time and suddenly all this hatred has come to the surface.

“People have been OK about gay marriage and things like that and suddenly they’re not. I have never, ever thought this of this country until now.

“I was always proud to come from here and to live here, because there are different opposing views about everything but it’s a pretty civilised place. At the moment, though, it’s not, and I don’t like it. It’s horrible.”