SIR Elton John declared his love for America at a charity fundraiser in New York on Tuesday (11Nov08) - admitting he fell in love with the country again after it voted in Barack Obama as the next U.S. president.
The Rocket Man legend hosted the event to raise funds for his AIDS Foundation in which Gladys Knight joined Sir Elton on stage for a rousing rendition of That's What Friends Are For.
And after raising a staggering $2 million (GBP1.56million) for the good cause - the star took time out to praise U.S. citizens, telling fans he was "proud" of the country once again.
He told revellers at the bash, "I'm so proud to be in this country. So proud to be a part of something so incredibly moving, and touching.
"Last week's election demonstrated to me why I fell in love with America in the first place. More importantly, it demonstrated to everybody across this planet that America is a good place now."