Elton John has warned his friend Ed Sheeran that the singer's massive popularity will not last forever.

Recorded on George Ezra’s podcast, Elton said: "You have a heyday and you have a rest, and the heyday can never be replaced." 

He reflected on lessons learned by himself early in his career when he enjoyed hits in quick succession. "After that I had the common sense to know I’m not going to have a number one very time straight away. I knew someone else would take over. It’s cyclical."

"Ed will go through that and I’ve talked to him about it," he declared. "I’ve said, ‘There’ll come a time where this won’t happen every time and you have to accept that’."

John advised Sheeran to take a rest from the music industry between his second and third LP releases.

"He was so omnipresent I said, ‘Ed, even I’m sick of you. Go away.’ And he did. He just went to the Far East with his girlfriend, had a great time, put on a lot of weight, ate food and came back."

Elton: nothing rose-tinted about his recollections of hit single smashes