Star spills on trainwreck performance
ELTON John reached out to Lana Del Rey with some advice after the singer was lambasted for her first performance on Saturday Night Live in 2012.
"That's the first time I ever talked to you," John, 72, said in a new Rolling Stone magazine conversation with Del Rey, 34.
"I rang you up and said, 'Listen, I just want to offer my help. I know you're sober and everything, but just don't take any notice of these people.'"
He added, commending her for pushing through the criticism: "Most people, that would have flattened them forever. It was an outrageous assault."
You can relive the uncomfortable performance below:
"(It) was so distressing for someone like me to see someone so crucified," John said.
"I've watched it, and it wasn't that bad!"
Del Rey, who just dropped her 6th studio album Norman F**king Rockwell, agreed she didn't think her performance was terrible.
John continued: "It wasn't terrible at all. I don't know what the agenda was there, but where was the #MeToo movement there?"
"Oh, you said it, not me!" Del Rey responded.
Del Rey also recalled not being nervous at all for the performance, calling it "the one night in all my time performing that I wasn't nervous."
"I remember the intention I had," she added.
"Looking back, there was a more eccentric performative approach to it. I was thinking about Maria Callas, or someone darker coming through."
"I'm sure it gave you a lot of trauma. But it also gave you incredible backbone," John went on, bringing up Ashlee Simpson, who famously lip-synched her SNL performance in 2004. "And I didn't think it was a major f**k-up. I saw Ashlee Simpson and, yeah, that's a major f - k-up. That's funny. Not to her it isn't, but it's very funny to watch."
Del Rey quipped, "I'm not laughing!"
"I thought I looked beautiful and sang fine," she told the publication.
This article originally appeared in the NY Post and was reproduced with permission