Elton John told Tina Turner to stick her song Proud Mary “up her arse” while she took shots at his appearance by telling him he looked “fat” in Versace clothes, the Your Song hitmaker has claimed.
The legends planned to tour together in 1997, but John has revealed how the stars clashed during rehearsals.
In an extract from his new autobiography, Me: Elton John, as published by the Daily Mail, the 72-year-old tells of how the pair butted heads in the planning stages.
He writes: "The subsequent debate about whether I knew how to play “Proud Mary” became quite heated, before I brought it to a conclusion by telling Tina Turner to stick her f***ing song up her arse and stormed off.
"I've thrown plenty of tantrums in my time, but there are limits: There's an unspoken rule that musicians don't treat their fellow musicians like s***."
The father of two claims Turner hit out at his taste and appearance.
''She didn't like my hair, she didn't like the color of my piano and she didn't like my clothes,” he says, alleging Turner said: "You wear too much Versace, and it makes you look fat — you have to wear Armani."
Following the exchange, John says he "burst into tears" before ringing up his now-husband David Furnish to say how Turner had "sounded like [his] mother."
John also reflects on the difficult relationship he shared with his mother, Sheila Farebrother, in the upcoming book.
LONDON - MAY 1985: Pop singers Elton John and George Michael chat in a film studio in May 1985 in London, England. (Photo by David Corio/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
Pop star Elton John (right) congratulates George Michael on winning the Ivor Novello Songwriter of the Year Award at London's Grosvenor House Hotel, 13th March 1985. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
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Elton John onstage with George Michael in the late 1980's.; (Photo by Steve Rapport/Photoshot/Getty Images)
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Pop stars George Michael (top) and Elton John leave Westminster Abbey after the funeral service 06 September of Diana Princess of Wales. The Princess was killed in a car crash in Paris 31 August. (Photo credit should read JOHNNY EGGITT/AFP/Getty Images)
Singers Elton John (centre) and George Michael leaving Westminster Abbey after the funeral service for Princess Diana, Princess of Wales, 6th September 1997. Elton John's partner David Furnish is on the right. (Photo by Jayne Fincher/Getty Images)
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