(LOS ANGELES) — This year, music legend Elton John will grace television screens across the country on Feb. 4. No, he’s not planning a career in sports. John will star in a Pepsi ad that will air during the Super Bowl, alongside X Factor winner Melanie Amaro.
In his exclusive interview with ABC News’ Chris Connelly, John talks about his love of football and how he’s a big fan of the New England Patriots, who face the New York Giants in this year’s big game. “The Super Bowl is always an event, no matter where you are in the world,” John said. “I’ve watched it with my road crew. It’s a great American occasion.”
Elton John is good friends with Patriots owner Robert Kraft. Kraft’s wife, Myra, lost her battle with cancer this year. This deep personal loss is making Elton John even more vocal during this year’s game. “Well, you can’t watch sport without being passionate — oh yeah, I scream at the television and — you live with your heart in your mouth,” he said. “I’m hoping for a Patriots win this year because Robert Kraft is my dear friend and he lost his lovely wife Myra this year and I would love the Patriots to win for her.”
A family man, John and partner David Furnish are already raising their 13-month-old son as a sports fan. “He’s only a year old so he’s a little young, but he does like soccer already,” he said. “Because he plays with his feet, he loves kicking the ball. He’s too young to catch the ball yet, but he kicks the ball and he loves it and he likes watching soccer on the TV.”
At just over a year old, Zachary’s been to more places than most adults have visited. “He’s been to Hawaii twice. He’s been to Australia, Italy, France, Singapore, Canada — he comes where we go,” John said.
One location Elton John or Zachary won’t be visiting is the Super Bowl half time show. In a Twitter post after the Golden Globes, Furnish wrote “Madonna. Best song???? F**k off!!!” which he later apologized for on Facebook.
When asked if he would ever perform at the Super Bowl, John replied, “I’ve never seen a decent one, never ever.”
However, John does offer Madonna some advice for this year’s show: “Make sure you lip-sync good,” he said with a laugh.
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