Sir Elton John lost his cool with a bunch of photographers last night as he made his way to a restaurant in Hollywood.

The gay pop icon was greeted by a host of photographers as he turned up at Craig’s but his famously short temper snapped when asked “so you’re still good with Lady Gaga?”

He then hurled abuse at a cameraman before tripping over his own feet.

The 66-year-old has previously called the paparazzi “rude, vile pigs”.

Sir Elton recently dismissed reports his close friendship with Lady Gaga, godmother to his two sons, had come under strain because of the 27-year-old’s health problems. The pair were spotted having dinner together in Hollywood a week ago.

Last month, Sir Elton John announced he wouldn’t be cancelling a planned Moscow concert in December despite the country’s anti-gay laws. He said: “As a gay man, I can’t leave those people on their own without going over there and supporting them. I don’t know what’s going to happen, but I’ve got to go.”

Shortly after several Russian homophobic groups urged for the pop star to be banned from performing in the country.