The ‘I’m Nevertheless Standing’ hitmaker has hailed the ‘It’s A Sin’ star for being “hilariously funny” and proficient like the Queen frontman – who died in 1991, aged 45, owing to problems from AIDS.

The 73-12 months-aged music legend brought up his late friend Freddie although talking to Olly about his position as Ritchie Tozer in the Channel 4 drama sequence, ‘It’s A Sin’, which depicts the lives of gay men and their close friends who lived during the HIV/AIDS disaster in the British isles.

He instructed the Yrs & Years frontman on ‘Elton John’s Rocket Hour’ on Apple Tunes 1: ‘Who Would like To Reside Forever’, sung of class by Freddie Mercury, who died of AIDS. I was at the funeral and it was just one of the most upsetting situations of my lifestyle because the full funeral was in Farsi, simply because Freddie was Persian. So no person comprehended a entire term of what was likely on … It was a surreal expertise. I overlook him each individual day for the reason that he was these, a little bit like you [Olly], beneficial, entire of lifetime, total of vitality, hilariously amusing, and what a talent.”

Elton then requested the 30-yr-old singer if he is comparable to his character on the mini-sequence.

He stated: “Getting spoken to you on the mobile phone and now talking to you in human being I get the sensation that you in authentic lifetime are not really significantly absent from Ritchie the character in ‘It’s a Sin’?

To which, Olly agreed that there are numerous similarities that he shares with Ritchie, this kind of as transferring to London to go after a profession in performing and singing.

He replied: “We’re very similar! We share a ton of similarities – 18-many years-aged I moved to London, that’s what I did to make a title for myself. I required to be an actor, I required to be a musician, and I definitely associated to that with Ritchie straight absent.”

The ‘Candle in the Wind’ hitmaker also linked to the character, as he was a “extremely naughty boy” again in the day and reiterated that Olly’s positivity and pleasurable outlook on existence “truly touches” him.

Elton stated: “Nicely, it reminded me of myself in the ’70s. I was a incredibly naughty boy and I had so significantly fun and I didn’t care what I received up to. You have so much existence in you, no subject what you do, irrespective of whether you’re earning tunes, regardless of whether you’re acting, you have this fantastic spirit, which sends out so a lot positivity … I like the essence of what you signify. It truly touches me, I really like people with that type of positivity.”

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