For someone who’s met multiple queens, Elton John might not know royalty when he sees it. The singer recently spoke to British GQ to promote his new memoir Me and was asked for his thoughts on Disney’s remake of The Lion King — since, after all, he originally gave us such hits as “The Circle of Life.” “The new version of The Lion King was a huge disappointment to me, because I believe they messed the music up,” he said. Why don’t you tell us how you really feel, Sir Elton? “Music was so much a part of the original and the music in the current film didn’t have the same impact. The magic and joy were lost.” But John may have forgotten that he co-wrote most of the remake’s new music, including the hit “Spirit.” (Although he had nothing to do with Beyoncé’s curated album The Gift.) “I wish I’d been invited to the party more, but the creative vision for the film and its music was different this time around and I wasn’t really welcomed or treated with the same level of respect,” he added. “That makes me extremely sad.”
As if that wasn’t enough to get the Beyhive sent after him, elsewhere in the interview John claimed, “The only real star at the moment is Lady Gaga.” He only invoked Beyoncé by name as an example of how the American press “treat[s] everyone like royalty.” Because she’s the closest thing we have to it! Just let Beyoncé await her Oscar in peace.