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Billy Joel: Elton John Is "Kind of Like a Mom" to Me

Image courtesy of Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage (via ABC News Radio)

In the last couple of years, Elton John has made some less-than-flattering comments about Billy Joel in the press, criticizing him for not releasing any new music.  But Joel says that maybe that's just John's motherly instincts coming out.

Speaking with The New York Times Magazine , Billy says of Elton's complaints that the Piano Man hasn't released a pop album in 20 years, "That's his opinion.  I don't do it because I don't wanna.  He tends to shoot off his mouth -- he shoots from the hip.  I think his heart is in the right place." 

Joel adds, "Maybe he's trying to motivate me, to get me mad or something.  He's kind of like a mom."   When the interviewer points out that Elton "actually kind of looks like a mom," Billy agrees, noting, "Yeah, he's got mom hair."

As for John's comments that Joel never took his stint in rehab seriously, Billy shrugs it off, saying, "He doesn't know anything about my private life...He's a very friendly, charming man, a nice fun guy, but we really never spent much time personally together.  He doesn't really know that much about me, so I let a lot of that slide.  I'd work with him again, sure."

In the far-ranging New York Times interview, Joel opens up on a wide variety of topics, including his excessive drinking, his financial troubles, his post 9/11 depression, his songwriting and even his uncanny ability to attract extremely beautiful women. 

"A lot of guys are just too intimidated to even ask them out, but I had a great way to meet people," says the man who dated Elle McPherson and married Christie Brinkley .  "People are just interested in you because you're a rock star.  Some guys use a car.  Some guys have a cute dog.  I'm a rock star.  That's who I am, what I do.  What's wrong with that?"

The thrice-wed singer adds, "I was married to some beautiful women.  I always get compared to how beautiful they are and how not beautiful I am, and it's kind of funny, it's like 'Beauty and the Beast.'  I don't mind being the beast, I want them to be good-looking, and if they don't mind me looking like me, why should I care?"

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