Putin Calls Elton John—for Real
The singer had previously been punked by pranksters
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 24, 2015 12:40 PM CDT

(Newser) – Elton John got seriously punked recently, when a couple of Russian pranksters called him up pretending to be Russian President Vladimir Putin and his translator wanting to talk to the singer about LGBT rights. But today Putin himself actually called John, the BBC reports. The Russian prez asked the singer not to be offended by the prank, according to a Kremlin spokesperson, and then he told John he was more than willing to meet and talk about "any issues of interest" to the singer. John has previously said he wants to discuss Putin's "ridiculous" attitude toward gay people with the Russian leader. (Putin also sat down for an interview with Charlie Rose recently.)