But it seems like Joel is trying to take the high road. In a statement released by the singer's publicist, he said:
"1. I do not hate Elton John
2. I do not want to "punch him in the face"
3. If he wants to call me, my number is still the same.
4. Good luck with the movie.
The movie he's referring to is Gnomeo and Juliet, which features music by John. Of course, it's hard not to feel that the unhappy "message" he sent John privately differed slightly from his public statements.
For those keeping track, this is the second time that Billy Joel has responded (through his publicist) to Elton John's comments. "I've enjoyed our relationship too much to let something as random as these comments change my affection for him," Joel said in a statement last week. "Elton is just being Elton."
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