According to a U.K. report, the insurance company Elton John signed on with for his summer tour will have to fork over $15-million to promoters after Elton canceled the outing due to appendicitis.

Before Elton had his appendix removed, he was interviewed for the Italian edition of Vanity Fair, which named Pope Francis the Man of the Year. Despite the Pope not supporting homosexuality or same sex unions, Elton says, “Francis is a miracle of humility in an era of vanity," and added that he hopes his message of compassion will extend to the homosexual community which "have a desperate need of his love." Elton is also hopeful Francis will “reach out to children, women, men who live with HIV and AIDS -- often alone, and hidden away in silence."