Remember when everyone was protesting Eminem for being homophobic and then he performed 'Stan' at the 2001 Grammys with Elton John to shut everyone up? Well, times have changed. Both artists are still major superstars and good friends. John even helped Em get through his drug addiction over the past few years. In a recent interview, Sir Elton said that the people who think Em has recently lost his sense of humor are dead wrong.

"He's got a great sense of humor," John told Rolling Stone. "When David [Furnish] and I had our civil partnership, he sent us a present. In a case, on velvet cushions, were two diamond c--- rings. So there's a homophobe for you [laughs]."

John continued to explain that the two have a very special, semi-offensive sort of relationship. They routinely call each other off-color names and provide sobriety support for one another. In a way, John thinks of Eminem as a son.

"We have such a laugh," he said. "We call each other c---s. I ask him how he's doing and tell him how proud I am of him. I love him. I don't see much of Marshall, but we speak a lot. He's really worked very hard at [sobriety], and it's changed him so much. I just saw a picture of him in a magazine, and he looks like a 17-year-old boy. I'm so happy for him."

Watch Elton John and Eminem Perform 'Stan' at the 2001 Grammys>

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