Sir Elton John says 'Love Island' stars aren't worthy of being celebrities.

Sir Elton John

Sir Elton John

The 71-year-old music icon has hit out at reality stars on the ITV2 dating show - which has featured the likes of Kem Cetinay, Chris Hughes and Olivia Attwood - as he believes you have to be a celebrated movie or film star "at the top of your game" to be considered a household name.

Appearing on pop star George Ezra's 'George Ezra & Friends' podcast, the 'Rocket Man' hitmaker moaned: "Now the word 'celebrity', you can be somebody off 'Love Island', I don't know who they are.

"For me, a celebrity is somebody who is top of their game, a top film star, in music, whatever. I hate the word 'celebrity'.

"You've got to work for it and the people that don't work for it and get it instantaneously are the ones that go pfft."

The showbiz legend is to bow out of touring after 50 years in the business to spend more time with sons Zachary, seven, and Elijah, five - whom he has with husband David Furnish - however he insists he'll still be working on creative projects, including a musical he has completed.

Speaking about what he will do after he retires from touring, he told the 'Budapest' hitmaker: "I'm always going to be creative, I'm always going to be interested in creative stuff, and you know, I think after this tour is finished, I'll take a few years off and see what's going to happen.

"But creatively, I will be doing writing a lot, and who knows what's going to happen. If you let things happen for you, that's the magic of life. I will be creative, hopefully, up until the day I die."