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Elton John( Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times )
Elton John and Billy Joel publicly sparred in February 2011 when John gave Joel "tough love" in a Rolling Stone article, deriding him for giving creativity a backseat to alcoholism, which aired out John's years of frustration with the Piano Man.
"I'm only trying to help," John said on the Today show, giving his version of an apology. "He's going to hate me. It comes from a place of love, and it's tough love," the 63-year-old added. "I'm saying it because I really want Billy to live a long life and be happy, and that's where it came from. I understand if he's pissed with me, and I can take that on the chin.... He may want to punch my face in at the moment, but it's OK."
So Joel provided this enumerated response: "1. I do not hate Elton John. 2. I do not want to "punch him in the face." 3. If he wants to call me, my number is still the same. 4. Good luck with the movie. -- BILLY JOEL"