Elton John’s meeting with Vladimir Putin in Russia to discuss LGBT rights has been postponed, as the singer and the president of Russia are currently unable to find an appropriate time to meet.
“We were in correspondence with [Elton John] a couple weeks ago because there had been an agreement that, if their schedules allow, this meeting would take place,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov says. “President Putin expressed readiness for this meeting. But this time, the meeting won’t take place, unfortunately.”
In September, John was pranked with a phone call from someone pretending to be the Russian president. After the prank went viral, John began to plead for LGBT rights in Russia. “Pranks are funny. Homophobia, however, is never funny,” he wrote on Instagram. “I love Russia and my offer to talk to President Putin about LGBT rights still stands.” It was later revealed by Peskov that a real call between John and Putin had taken place, and the now postponed meeting was offered.
“He was so nice and apologetic,” John told Rolling Stone of the call. “And couldn’t have been friendlier.”