Elton John resorts to using a bottle for relief in a Nice shoe store

Sir Elton John peed in an empty bottle while at a shoe shop in France
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Sir Elton John has told the jaw-dropping story of the time he found himself caught short, while shopping at Sugarkikz, a shoe shop in Nice, France.

The pop icon, who was accompanied by his sons Zachary, 13, and Elijah, 11, at the time, as well as a bodyguard, suddenly felt the call of nature. But with no public toilet in sight, he reportedly resorted to relieving himself in an empty plastic bottle.

Ryan Sukkar, the owner of Sugarkikz, told TMZ that the star asked his security for a bottle after discovering there was no toilet available. He then moved away from other shoppers and began to urinate into the container.

Sukkar later confessed that he didn't recognise the Candle in the Wind singer when he first walked into his store, and had to do a quick Google search to identify the famous customer. When Sukkar asked Elton about his profession, the Rocketman hitmaker simply responded, "I'm Elton John".

Elton John in a black and white jacket at Mission Estate on February 06 2020 in Napier, New Zealand
Even musical icons can get caught short, as happened with Sir Elton John -Credit:Getty Images

Despite the awkward incident, the A-lister ended up purchasing two pairs of shoes for his sons - and even posed for photos in the store.

In 2023, Elton John concluded his epic Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour with a show-stopping performance at Glastonbury and then took a well-deserved break at his home in France. Despite announcing that he's done with touring, the legendary musician has made it clear that this isn't a final goodbye to live shows.

Sir Elton John performs on stage during Day 5 of Glastonbury Festival 2023 on June 25 2023
Sir Elton wowed fans at last year's headlining appearance at Glastonbury -Credit:Leon Neal/Getty Images

His husband shed some light on what fans can expect, telling Billboard: "It's really important to make a distinction between Elton retiring from touring but Elton not playing his very last public performance for the very last time. I know for a fact he will not be touring in any capacity. What you're going to see is the possibility of a special one-off or a small residency in one venue for a limited period of time."