David Gest, the ex-husband of Liza Minnelli, once plotted to put Elton John six feet under – after the singer suggested that he was gay!

The startling revelation comes from Gest’s former bodyguard and best friend Imad Handi, who spoke with The Sun almost a year to the day of Gest’s death from a stroke at age 62.

Handi claims Gest hired a hitman to kill Sir Elton at one of his concerts after hearing an unflattering remark he made directed at him regarding his then recent marriage to entertainer Liza Minnelli.

“I’d love to buy Liza a heterosexual husband,” joked Sir Elton.

Handi recalls talking the producer out of it – just days before the planned hit!

“No one knew his name but the man said he had friends who could sort it for £40,000,” recalled Handi.

Worrying about being implicated in the murder, Handi pleaded with Gest to abort the plan in early 2003.

“The man only gave me £8,000 back, so David lost £12,000.but at least Elton didn’t die,” noted Handi.

Gest’s former best friend is carrying on his legacy by co-producing, “David Gest is Not Dead But Alive With Soul,” a tour that runs though England in July.