Sam Fender feels like Sir Elton John’s “surrogate” son.
The ‘Seventeen Going Under’ hitmaker has formed a close bond with the ‘Rocket Man’ legend and her husband David Furnish, and he admitted the pair have “fired [him] mud” in the past.
He told Metro newspaper’s Guilty Pleasures column: “They were two people who were very supportive of me and got me out of the mire a few times.
“Elton became a fan early on, before we really took off, and then I went to dinner with them.
“They invited me over and I had a lush conversation. They kind of became like surrogate parents, honestly.”
The 27-year-old singer has revealed that Elton and his partner have been “incredible mentors” to him.
He added: “They’ve been the most fantastic role models and incredible mentors, both of them. David too, not just Elton. I’m forever grateful for that guidance, love and support.”
Meanwhile, he described their sons Zachary, 11, and Elijah, nine, as “little brothers”.
He said: “I’ve stayed with them several times and they’re awesome.”
Sam had previously promised that he would “definitely” collaborate with Elton in the future.
The “Play God” rocker’s busy schedule in 2021 forced him to reject an offer to team up with the iconic musician on his “Lockdown Sessions” album.
He explained: “It sounds awful to say, ‘I was too busy to work with Elton,’ but I had to finish my album.
“Me and Elton will definitely arrive at some point. We just need to find time to get into the studio.
“We want to do something special together. I would like us to do something stripped down, that sounds organic with a band.”
The musician could have more free time as he admitted that such a heavy workload means he already has material written for his third album.
He said, “This album was hard work. I wrote about 60 songs for him. Some of these songs will be carried over to my next album, because I haven’t finished them all.
“I know I’ll look at some of them and think, ‘That’s awesome! Why didn’t that make ‘Seventeen’?”
“There was a lot of work on this album but, about halfway through the recording, we continued to have moments where we looked at each other and laughed.
“That’s when I thought, ‘We’ve done something good here. “