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Dua Lipa Shares Why She Didn't Join Elton John For 'Cold Heart' At Glastonbury

27 June 2023 | 9:11 am | Mary Varvaris

John acknowledged that “sadly” Lipa couldn’t make it for his final UK show at Glastonbury.

Elton John & Dua Lipa

Elton John & Dua Lipa (Credit: Adrian Thomson & Nathan Goldsworthy)

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It’s safe to say that Elton John, Dua Lipa and Glastonbury fans were hoping for the Don’t Start Now singer to join the Rocket Man for a special rendition of Cold Heart during John’s two-hour headlining set.

While John did host a bunch of special guests, including The Killers singer Brandon Flowers, Rina Sawayama, Stephen Sanchez and Gabriels' vocalist Jacob Lusk, the lack of Dua was disappointing when he still performed the song with her vocals on a backing track.

Taking to Instagram in a since-deleted post, Lipa revealed that she was hosting a dinner party for her family and friends, writing the caption, “cooking for my friends and fam”.

John acknowledged that “sadly” Lipa couldn’t make it for his final UK show at Glastonbury, but he encouraged the massive crowd to sing her parts (per Music News).

Elton John initially announced his retirement from touring in January 2018, announcing a three-year farewell across the globe that stretched to 2023 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

"It's time to come off the road so I fully embrace the next chapter of my life," John said.

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"I plan to bring the passion and creativity that has entertained my fans for decades to my final tour. After the tour finishes, I'm very much looking forward to coming off the road so I can dedicate more time to raising my children."

A few months ago, festival co-organiser Emily Eavis said about scoring the music superstar for this year's Glastonbury, "We will be closing the festival and marking this huge moment in both of our histories with the mother of all send-offs. We are so very happy to finally bring the Rocket Man to Worthy Farm."

While Glastonbury was billed as his last-ever UK show, John will do a Farnesy and allow for the “odd show” in his touring retirement, the Mirror reports.

“I’m not going to tour again,” John admitted, but there is light at the end of the tunnel, as “There may be the odd show...”