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12/01/2014 02:15 pm ET Updated Feb 02, 2016

Elton John Discusses Controversial Relationship With Rush Limbaugh

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Why does Elton John have a relationship with Rush Limbaugh?

John sat down with Darren Walker of the Ford Foundation this week to discuss a range of topics, including race and sexuality. At one point in the interview, John's controversial relationship with the anti-gay talk show host became a point of conversation.

"I’ve been sober for 24 years now, and one of the best lessons it taught me is to listen," John told The New York Times. "When it comes to people like Rush Limbaugh, or people who might enrage you sometimes, dialogue is the only way. You have to reach out... Whether you make an impact in one year or 30 years, it doesn’t matter. You have to put your foot in the water and start the process."

John and Limbaugh have been friends for a number of years and the the piano great performed at the conservative media personality's fourth wedding in 2011. John previously spoke out about this performance, saying that he hoped to open a dialogue about queer issues with Limbaugh.

Head here to read the rest of the interview with John and Walker.

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