Misogynistic. Violent. Homophobic. They are all words used to describe Eminem’s lyrics over the years.

But Elton John has come out to defend the rap superstar, giving an explanation for why he has used certain language in his music.

“For me, Eminem was never homophobic,” Elton told Beats 1’s Zane Lowe in an interview to celebrate his 70th birthday.

“I listened to the whole of the Marshall Mathers album when I drove to a show in South Hampton and I was floored by it. And I thought how could anyone think this is… he’s just writing about the way things are. Not how he thinks, but the way things are.”

 

Elton also said defended Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose, adding: “And the same with Axl. Never in a million years did I think he was homophobic. So I did things.

“I did the MTV Music Awards with him and the Guns N’ Roses and I did the Grammys with Marshall and I became very big friends with Marshall.

“I’ll fight for anyone who is misunderstood and misrepresented by the idiots out there.”

Eminem has defended his own use of homophobic language in his songs, asserting that he doesn’t have an issue with LGBT+ people.

“I don’t know how to say this without saying it how I’ve said it a million times… But [faggot], those kind of words, when I came up battle-rappin’ or whatever, I never really equated those words  [with being gay],” he told Rolling Stone in 2013.

“It was more like calling someone a bitch or a punk or asshole… I poke fun at other people, myself,” he said, adding, “But the real me sitting here right now talking to you has no issues with gay, straight, transgender, at all.”

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