SIR Elton John has been branded a "faker" by an aspiring pop hopeful who performed with the veteran singer in 2001.

Gospel singer RENATA WILSON, 19, was in the line-up for the ROYAL VARIETY SHOW in London two years ago when she witnessed Elton's diva-like backstage behaviour after it was suggested his slot was delayed.

Renata explains, "For about five minutes he went off for a paddy behind the stage. He had to wait to perform so we were all standing in the wings.

"Then as soon as the curtains went back he was all smiles and was playing away. I thought, 'You faker.'"

30/07/2003 14:03