Modern day piano crooner Charlie Puth could be seen in a lot of ways as a successor to Elton John, but to others, including John himself, Puth has a long way to go.
Puth was on The Ellen DeGeneres Showand had mentioned that he recently took a break from making music, and that it was because he was served a harsh, but fair, criticism from the legend Sir Elton John.
"When you write a song, it's important to tell the truth, and I wasn't really doing that in 2019," Puth admitted. "And the person who kind of awoken [sic] my senses was none other than Elton John."
Puth said he bumped into the "Your Song" singer at the restaurant Craigs, and there, John spoke candidly. "He came up to me and said, you know, 'how are you, hi,' I'm like, 'you're Elton John,' he's like 'yes I am, you know, your music sucked in 2019. It wasn't good.'"
"It was like a gut punch," Puth said, "but I had been thinking that as well. I had gone through a messy breakup, and I think that was also going alongside it. And it was kind of a wakeup call a little bit. I was in denial a little bit."
Thanks to John, Puth said he has a new way of making music and "decided that I would never put out a song again if it wasn't the truth." Maybe we all need Elton John to come up to us in a restaurant and read us for filth!!!
Puth had previously talked about John on The Kelly Clarkson Show, where he revealed that the two are neighbors, and that Elton is always upfront and honest with him. "He said my 2019 music sucked, and I agree with that, it was not good," Puth told Clarkson.
"He was like, 'you are much better,'" Puth said, imitating John's voice. "He basically said like, I can make a lot better music, and he said that I should just make it myself, like I always do. And I was like, 'wow, you're the first person that's ever said that to me."
It seems that despite the harsh truths, Puth has nothing but love and deep respect for John, as it should be.