Sir Elton John says if he could be any woman alive, he'd be Jacinda Ardern

If Sir Elton John could be any woman alive, he'd be Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

The 'Bennie and the Jets' hitmaker has candidly answered a number of questions, posed by the likes of Eminem, Ed Sheeran and Bob Dylan, in a no-holds-barred A-lister Q&A ahead of the release of his new autobiography Me.

John's autobiographer and The Guardian reporter Alexis Petridis allowed Elton's famous fans to ask anything they wanted - no topic off limits. Lenny Kravitz, Donatella Versace and Lewis Hamilton were among the celebrities tasked with questioning the music icon. 

"If you could be one woman alive and one woman from the past, who would you be?" asked model and Suicide Squad actor Cara Delevingne.

"It's hard to pick someone from today, because there are so many candidates, but I think I'd choose Jacinda Ardern," John, 72, replied.

"She's one of the few politicians that I respect and love - she's got dignity and she's humane. I think she's doing a brilliant job."

His woman of choice from way back when was British-American screen legend, Elizabeth Taylor.

Elton John and Ed Sheeran.
Elton John and Ed Sheeran. Photo credit: File
Elton John and Freddie Mercury.
Elton John and Freddie Mercury. Photo credit: File

Ardern has received praise from a number of high-profile names following her response to the Christchurch mosque attacks, including the likes of Oprah Winfrey, Russell Crowe, Chelsea Handler and Reese Witherspoon.

Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton wondered how John overcame the challenges and controversies that plagued his 57-year-long career.

"I found challenges hard to overcome until I got sober, because I didn't know how to deal with them," John answered.

"Being sober is all about asking for help to get through challenges. You can't just barrel through and do things yourself - you have to reach out. It took me a long time to get where I am now."

The singer-songwriter also revealed his drag names, which Spice Girl he'd be and the most "annoying" person he's worked with (hip-hop producer, Timbaland).

Elton John.
Elton John and Eminem. Photo credit: File

Rap music maverick Eminem had a more straightforward question for his longtime friend: "Have you used your wedding gift yet?"

"Ah, no," said John.

"[But] they're wonderful to look at."