Elton John reached out to Lana Del Rey with some advice after the singer was lambasted for her first performance on “Saturday Night Live” in 2012.
“That’s the first time I ever talked to you,” John, 72, said in a new Rolling Stone magazine conversation with Rey, 34. “I rang you up and said, ‘Listen, I just want to offer my help. I know you’re sober and everything, but just don’t take any notice of these people.'”
He added, commending her for pushing through the criticism, “Most people, that would have flattened them forever. It was an outrageous assault.”
During the “SNL” performance, Rey performed her songs “Blue Jeans” and “Video Games.” She was panned by the media, and Brian Williams even called it “one of worst outings in SNL history.”
“[It] was so distressing for someone like me to see someone so crucified,” John said. “I’ve watched it, and it wasn’t that bad!”
Rey, who just dropped her 6th studio album “Norman F–king Rockwell,” agreed she didn’t think her performance was terrible.
John continued, “It wasn’t terrible at all. I don’t know what the agenda was there, but where was the #MeToo movement there?”
Rey also recalled not being nervous at all for the performance.
“I’m sure it gave you a lot of trauma. But it also gave you incredible backbone,” John went on, bringing up Ashlee Simpson, who famously lip-synced her “SNL” performance in 2004. “And I didn’t think it was a major f–k-up. I saw Ashlee Simpson and, yeah, that’s a major f–k-up. That’s funny. Not to her it isn’t, but it’s very funny to watch.”
Rey quipped, “I’m not laughing!”