Eccentric rocker SIR Elton John will only eat from Versace china plates, because he's convinced they are all possessed by the spirit of his late pal, designer Gianni Versace.

Elton and his partner, Canadian producer David Furnish, were close friends with Versace, who was shot dead outside his home in Miami, Florida in 1997. And they claim they feel closer to him when they dine from his china.

David explains, "Because of the great friendship Elton had with Gianni there's a lot of sentimental attachment.

"It's like you can feel his spirit in every bowl

"What is upsetting is they don't make a lot of the Versace china we have any more."

18/06/2003 02:26