Elton John says Billy Joel needs to get serious about rehab and "do something better" with his life.
John makes the comments about his former touring partner in the Feb. 17 edition of Rolling Stone magazine. He tells the magazine the pair canceled many tours because of Joel's illnesses and "alcoholism."
In a statement released Wednesday, Joel shrugs off the comments and says: "Elton is just being Elton."
John says Joel should do rehab like he did it — with patients cleaning floors, not watching television — and that Joel needs tough love.
While John predicted Joel would "hate" him for his comments, Joel says he's enjoyed their relationship so much he's not going to let the comments change his affection for him.
Joel spent a month in a California rehab center for treatment of alcohol abuse in 2005. He spent about two weeks at a Connecticut facility in 2002.