Elton John has broken his silence, sort of, about taking the job as Rush Limbaugh's wedding singer, telling PEOPLE (via partner David Furnish) it was an opportunity "to go where people wouldn't expect me to go."

Furnish said John was "a little surprised" to get the invitation, but accepted the job -- which netted him a reported $1 million -- after deciding "Life is about building bridges, not walls."

John told Furnish, who was unable to attend the June 5 event, that Limbaugh and his bride, Kathryn Rogers, "were incredibly gracious and very welcoming and very sweet and very appreciative."