EMINEM once gifted ELTON JOHN a pair of diamond-encrusted sex toys.
The 70-year-old revealed his unlikely friendship with the rapper while on The Graham Norton Show on Friday (01Dec17), and laughed as he recalled the erotic present Eminem had given him to celebrate his civil partnership with David Furnish back in 2006,
“When David Furnish and I did our civil partnership, I got this package from Eminem. It shows you how homophobic he isn’t! It had two diamond encrusted c**k rings on velvet cushions. I have to say, they have remained unused!” Elton explained.
The pair have been firm friends since they teamed up to perform the rapper’s hit Stan at the Grammy Awards in 2001. At the time, Eminem was criticised for alleged homophobic lyrics, with The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) picketing outside The Staples Centre in Los Angeles where the Grammys were taking place.
British singer Dido originally sang on the rapper’s 2000 track, and Elton performed her part during their Grammy’s performance.
“He was accused of being homophobic by so many people because of his lyrics, which I thought was nonsense,” Elton told host Graham. “I came out and supported the fact that he isn’t (homophobic) and I appeared on the Grammys with him, doing Stan.
“Instead of Dido. I was the one who took the ‘L’ out of Dido!” he joked.
“We became friends. We’ve been amazing friends ever since. He’s an amazing guy. I interviewed him last week for a magazine. I just adore him, Elton gushed.
The Rocket Man hitmaker and producer David were one of the first gay couples in the U.K. to enter into a civil partnership in 2006. The couple has two children born via surrogate – Zachary, six, and Elijah, four – and when gay marriage become legal in England in 2014, they later married in a star-studded ceremony in December that year.