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Elton John brands pop diva Madonna ‘fairground stripper’

AFP and Reuters, SYDNEY and MOSCOW

Elton John has reignited his public spat with Madonna, calling her a “fairground stripper” whose career is over.

The British star added that she had been “so horrible” to pop diva Lady Gaga, the godmother to his son Zachary.

“She’s such a nightmare. Her career is over, I can tell you that,” he told music personality Molly Meldrum, an old friend, in an interview on Australian television this week. “Her tour has been a disaster.”

“If Madonna has any common sense, she would have made a record like Ray of Light, stayed away from the dance stuff and just been a great pop singer and make great pop records, which she does brilliantly,” John said. “But no ... and she looks like a fucking fairground stripper.”

“She’s been so horrible to Gaga,” he added.

It is not the first time Elton John has hit out at Madonna, blasting her acceptance speech at the Golden Globes this year as “embarrassing.”

However, he only had good words for Lady Gaga.

“She’s amazing. Wherever she is in the world, she sends texts asking how he [Zachary] is. She’s a good godmother, she really pays attention,” he said.

Zachary was born in late 2010 to Elton John and his partner, David Furnish, and they are planning another child.

Meanwhile, Madonna donned the trademark balaclava worn by punk band Pussy Riot during a concert in Moscow to demand Russia free the three group members on trial for bursting into a Russian Orthodox church and singing a protest against Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.

The US singer also stripped to a black bra to show the band’s name written on her back in support of Pussy Riot’s protest in Moscow’s main cathedral against close links between the president and the clergy.

“I know there are many sides to every story, and I mean no disrespect to the church or the government, but I think that these three girls — Masha, Katya, Nadya — I think that they have done something courageous,” Madonna said to loud cheers from the crowd at Moscow’s Olympiysky Stadium on Tuesday night. “I pray for their freedom.”

Maria Alekhina, 24, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, 23, and Yekaterina Samutsevich, 29, could face up to three years in jail for storming the altar of Christ the Savior Cathedral on Feb. 21 and belting out a “punk prayer” calling on the Virgin Mary to rid Russia of Putin, who has been in power since 2000.

The singer, songwriter, entrepreneur and actor, who has often courted controversy during her career and sang songs including Like a Prayer and Like a Virgin, joined other international performers such as Sting, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Faith No More and Franz Ferdinand by commenting on the trial.

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