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Elton recently explained his decision to stop Donald Trump from using his songs at rallies.

He told the Guardian:“I don’t really want my music to be involved in anything to do with an American election campaign. I’m British. I’ve met Donald Trump, he was very nice to me, it’s nothing personal, his political views are his own, mine are very different, I’m not a Republican in a million years.”

Elton believes that since he’s so famous, even if he doesn’t actually say anything outrageous, someone will make something up. He is particularly baffled by a tabloid story that appeared in the wake of David Bowie’s death, claiming he was planning to write a tribute song along the lines of Candle in The Wind. “Oh my God, it’s just the most disgusting idea. I can’t think of anything worse. Turn in his grave? David would probably throw up in his grave. We weren’t even particularly good friends.”
 
Asked how his children handle being in the spotlight, Elton replied, ”They go round their mates’ houses, it’s not a showbiz life as such. They’re not stuck behind the gates of a mansion. Saturdays when I’m home, we go to Pizza Hut with them, we go to Waterstones, we go to the cinema. I’ve never been a recluse, I’ve never hidden away. I’m on the school run.”

As for how people react when they turn up at Pizza Hut to find the Rocket Man by the unlimited salad bar, Elton said, “They just say: ‘Hello, how’re you doing?’ If people want a photograph, I don’t mind, I really don’t. I’m not going to stay indoors because people want a photograph. The general public, I have to say, are fucking brilliant when it comes to that kind of thing. They’re not hostile in any way, they’re really supportive, they couldn’t be sweeter.”