Elton John admired Levitating singer Dua Lipa on Sunday at the red carpet of John’s 31st Annual Academy Awards viewing party.
In 2021, the duo collaborated on Cold Heart (PNAU Remix), during a chatter with PEOPLE on the on Sunday, the 75-year-old music icon revealed that Lipa hardly needed his guidance when the two collaborated on the song.
“She didn’t really need that much advice,” John said. “She’s so smart, and she’s so grounded, and so in touch with what’s happening. She’s a delight to be with.”
The Goodbye Yellow Brick Road singer added “I don’t really need to give her any advice. She’s doing really, really well.”
John and his husband, David Furnish, first met Lipa at an AIDS Foundation event, and later went to dinner with the pop star, where they pitched the idea of working together.
The duo’s song, which is an updated version of John’s 1972 classic Rocket Man, gave the singer his first British chart-topper in 16 years.
Cold Heart (PNAU Remix) also ranked 7 on the billboard Hot 100 in the United States after hitting No. 1 in their native country England.
The song also marked the first single of John’s collaborative album, The Lockdown Sessions.
Last year, the Cold Heart hitmakers also teamed up for Variety’s issue, where they talked on their bond and the ways in which the stars aligned to get them into the studio together.
“I adore her. She is incredibly talented — absolutely brilliant — and so professional. It’s a pleasure to be around someone who is so young, has done so much already and is so humble,” John said of Lipa. “She is also great fun, and we get on like a house on fire.”