Rod Stewart backs Elton John’s challenge to Russian anti-gay law
Rod Stewart is backing up his friend Sir Elton John, after the Rocket Man singer challenged Vlaidmir Putin to discuss Russia’s anti-gay laws.
The veteran singer, who has a large following in Russia, fell victim to a hoax last month he asked President Putin to meet with him to discuss his country’s ‘gay propaganda’ law and persecution of LGBT people.
The real Vladimir Putin later called him to discuss LGBT rights – and offered to meet with the singer in future.
Rod Stewart, who performed a concert with Sir Elton amid the confusion, said that his friend had had the “last laugh”.
He told Event Magazine: “Elton had the last laugh there!
“But Elton’s making the effort so I admire him for that – maybe it’ll bring gay rights to the Russian public’s attention. Someone needs to.”
He also referenced the pair’s close friendship, revealing Sir Elton tried to convince Stewart he too was gay “all the time” during the height of their careers.
He added: “But he never tried it on with me, even though I was quite fanciable back then.
“But God, we had some great, late nights. You’ve never laughed so much. Or drank so much.”