Elton John’s civil partner David Furnish: ‘Golden Globes row with Madonna blown out of proportion’

Furnish says Queen of Pop is a 'great artist', despite awards controversy

Elton John‘s civil partner David Furnish has backed down in his spat with Madonna by insisting their row has been “blown way out of proportion”.

Earlier this week (January 17), Furnish had seemingly criticised the singer after she scooped the Best Original Song gong at the Golden Globes for her track ‘Masterpiece’, which is taken from WE, a film she also directed.

With Elton John also nominated in the same category for his track ‘Hello, Hello’ from Gnomeo and Juliet, Furnish described Madonna‘s win as a “fluke”, adding: “When this happens you have to question the integrity of the awards. Did Madonnaget the Golden Globe because she attended the awards and agreed to be a presenter?”

However, Furnish has now posted a statement on his Facebook page downplaying the argument and described the resulting furore as a “tempest in a teapot”.

He wrote:

My comments regarding The Golden Globes have been blown way out of proportion. My passion for our film Gnomeo and Juliet and belief in Elton’s song really got my emotional juices going.

He went on to add: “But I must say for the record that I do believe Madonna is a great artist, and that Elton and I wish her all the best for next week’s premiere of the film WE.”

Madonna will release her 12th studio album MDMA, which is her first since 2008’s ‘Hard Candy’ and has been produced by William Orbit and Martin Solveig, on March 12. The title of the LP was criticised by anti-drug commentators who said that her choice was “ill-advised”.