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When Elton met Michael

Sir Elton John has revealed how he and his civil partner David Furnish met Michael Jackson in 1993, remarking that he felt the king of pop had been hurt by fame.

"The Candle In The Wind" hitmaker, who has known Jackson since he was 13-years-old, says that he felt the reclusive singer was "charming, sweet, lovely, but damaged."

The superstar and Furnish had shared a meal with Jackson. “He said it was the first time he’d sat down and had a meal with people for 10 years. He would always eat on his own," he commented.

John, who is currently promoting his new record ‘The Union’ with Leon Russell, says that he feels that the celebrity lifestyle infantilises pop stars.

"You don’t ever grow up. But thank God, I did," he said.

Watch an interview with Elton John speaking about his collaboration with Leon Russell below: