As previously reported by Popdust, Elton John recently publicly offered to speak with Vladimir Putin about gay rights in Russia, and the Rocket Man was delighted to hear that the Russian President had 'reached out' to him to arrange a meeting.
The father of two rock star had shared on his Instagram how thrilled he was that Putin had called him to chat about the concerns he has around the issue of violence in Russia against LGBT people. (Putin has also shockingly appeared to equate homosexuality with pedophilia and has urged gay people to "leave kids alone".) The Kremlin however denied any such call had taken place, and details have now been revealed that Sir Elton was the victim of a prank call by a couple of Russian TV presenters.
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We're not sure if it was Elton's legendary over inflated ego or his eternal optimism that led him to believe that the homophobic, action man leader would personally call him up to discuss his unflinchingly controversial mindset on the LGBT world, but hey, good hearted Elt is only trying to do some good and "to make the world a better place".
During the telephone call the Candle In the Wind singer said he would prefer a face-to-face conversation with the president and professed his love for Russia. After more chat, 'Putin' then asked whether John would attend a gay pride parade in the Russian capital, Moscow—which the gullible musician eagerly agreed to do.
Poor Elton, who said the call had made his day, had his rainbow colored bubble burst when the two hoaxers, one of which posed as Putin and the other who claimed to be his translator, released the recording. Vladimir Krasnov and Alexei Stolyarov, more commonly knows as Vova and Lexus, declared it had been easy to get hold of the 68 year old singer—it was as if he was "waiting for that call" after his public offer of a chat with the Russian leader, so he "immediately believed in the reality of the conversation".
Sir Elton, a vocal gay rights campaigner who has two sons with husband David Furnish, recently met with President Petro Poroshenko of the Ukraine to ask him to embrace the LGBT population in his country, which is when he challenged Putin.
So given the fact he is a world superstar and Vlad is know for his open minded willingness to listen to others, it's hardly surprising he was expecting a call.