Aussie icon Molly Meldrum has opened up about the controversial interview with Elton John that tore their friendship apart and how he hopes to finally put the arguments aside and rekindle their relationship.
The 76-year-old shared all on Sunday Night in a chat about some of his most talked about interviews on the program, in particular the one in 2012 that caused much controversy across the world. Years ago Meldrum sat down with good friend Elton John when the talented singer Madonna was brought up.
Elton labelled the singer a “fairground stripper” and a “nightmare” in footage that was apparently not meant to be shared with the world. Since then the two have failed to see eye to eye.
Now years later, Meldrum has spoken fondly of his friendship with the ‘Tiny Dancer’ star, while being interviewed himself on Sunday Night. Speaking about their close relationship over time he said Elton has always been there to help him out.
“We’ve had the most amazing journey for a long, long time,” Meldrum explained. “We’ve been through the ups and we’ve been through the downs.”
Struggling to contain his emotions he added: “[But] A friendship like ours is worth keeping forever.” Meanwhile, wanting to put the arguments in the past, Meldrum explained he hoped to catch up with Elton when he visits the Land Down Under for his final tour. The famous music critic and journalist said he wants to meet with his old friend at the concert at Hanging Rock, Victoria and settle their differences.
“If he’s still angry with me, he can push me off the bloody rock,” Meldrum boldly claimed. The famous journalist’s appearance on the program comes months after his close friend John Paul Young opened up exclusively to Starts at 60 on their close bond – and revealed how Meldrum, is doing following his horrific accident in 2011.
Meldrum was left fighting for his life in December that year when he suffered a nasty fall while putting up Christmas decorations. He spent eight weeks in a coma after suffering devastating injuries including a major brain injury, a fractured skull, a collapsed lung, broken ribs, and bleeding in his spinal column.
He spent months afterwards with his loved ones out of the limelight and has gone on to make an incredible recovery since. Sharing an update on how he’s doing now and revealing whether there has been any lasting impact, Young, fondly known as JPY, said of his pal: “He seems to be doing okay, I don’t see him a hell of a lot but I do whenever I’m close – I’ll probably see him next week at some stage.
“He’s a very intelligent bloke, he’s very smart and none of that was lost when he fell.” Young went on to say there’s more to Meldrum than many fans will know about, revealing he enjoys a huge passion for sports and his community behind the scenes.
“If you bring up the subject of sport [with him], he knows more about sport that he does about music, I’m sure,” he added. “He’s a bit of a sporting nut when it comes to all of that, especially when you’re talking St Kilda! He loves his cricket, he’s a real all-rounder.
“He’s a country boy, he’s from country Victoria and that shines through with him. Underneath all of what the general public see, he’s a very community minded, humble guy. Don’t get him upset though! He can be very feisty.”