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Elton John talks rehab comments about Billy Joel: 'He hates me at the moment.' And Billy Joel responds.

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BEYOND FEST POSTERElton John stopped by Today Thursday to chat with Matt Lauer about Gnomeo & Juliet — this weekend’s animated film that uses his music — his new baby Zachary with partner David Furnish (“You’re glowing,” Lauer told the musician), and his feud with Billy Joel, which stemmed from an interview with Rolling Stone in which John criticized the Piano Man’s efforts to get clean. “He hates me at the moment,” John told Lauer. “And I understand why … He sent me a message and he’s not happy. And I understand that.” John’s insistence that Joel, “may want to punch my face in at the moment, but it’s okay,” however, was countered by a statement released from Joel via his publicist today: “1. I do not hate Elton John. 2. I do not want to ‘punch him in the face.’ 3. If he wants to call me, my number is still the same. 4. Good luck with the movie.” See video from John’s Today interview below.