London: Music legend Elton John has promised to give Jay-Z a hug after the rapper said he was pro-gay marriage.
The 65-year-old `Rocket Man` hitmaker said that he made a personal phone call to pop star Beyonce Knowles` husband after the revelation, reported Contactmusic.
"Jay-Z, who`s probably the most respected African-American artist, came out and said not only is it wrong to not have gay marriage, but any discrimination in life is wrong. It was an incredibly moving statement. I phoned him up in England and said, `You have no idea what you`ve just said, how powerful this is`," John said.
"The African-American society were a little apprehensive about this all along, and when you get someone who is a role model like Jay-Z to come out and say this, I take my hat off to him and I respect him so much for doing that. When I next see him I`m going to give him the biggest hug," he added.
In May, Jay-Z became one of the biggest hip-hop stars to endorse American President Barack Obama`s stance on the legalisation of same-sex unions.
"What people do in their own homes is their business. It`s no different than discriminating against blacks. It`s discrimination plain and simple," he had said.
First Published: Sunday, July 29, 2012, 08:22