Andrew Ridgeley looks back with fondness at George Michael
NEW YORK (AP) — Long before he was a music icon in skintight jeans, leather jacket and designer stubble, George Michael was something else — awkward, chubby and insecure. He even went by the very...
George Michael’s art collection up for auction at Christie’s
LONDON (AP) — George Michael left a rich legacy of music — and of visual art.
The musician's collection of works by some of Britain's most famous contemporary artists is going up for auction in London next month, auctioneer Christie's announced Friday.
The sale includes pieces by Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin, Sarah Lucas and other members of the "Young British Artists" generation who, like Michael, shook up Britain's creative scene in the 1980s and 90s.
Fadi Fawaz is selling George Michael's possessions - and insists he will not get a job.
The 44-year-old fine art photographer is offloading items which belonged to his late boyfriend - who he dated from 2012 until his death in 2016 aged 53 - so he can "survive" amid an ongoing legal battle with the late 'Careless Whisper' hitmaker's family.
Entering the Apollo-Ridge gymnasium during an indoor softball practice, one might confuse it for a 30-year class reunion. That's because Vikings coach John Kinnamon is using the gymnasium as a musical time machine, taking it back to 1988.
Why 1988? Apollo-Ridge last won a section title that year, and Kinnamon put together a playlist of music that only includes songs from 1988.
Robbie Williams has ‘disease in his brain’ that will kill him
Robbie Williams has claimed he has a "disease in his head" that wants to "kill" him.
The 'Candy' hitmaker - who believes he has come close to death many times before - has admitted he's terrified to be left alone because he's likely to "sabotage" his own life but sometimes his battle with mental health actually helps him get up on stage.
The late George Michael donated over $500,000 to an HIV charity in honor of his former lover.
The 'Careless Whisper' hitmaker - who died from natural causes aged 53 in December 2016 - frequently sent checks to Los Angeles-based organisation Project Angel Food, which was founded to help those suffering from malnutrition and HIV, after his partner Anselmo Feleppa passed away from AIDS in 1993.
George Michael’s family ‘fight to keep his will a secret’
George Michael's family have successfully managed to keep the late singer's will a secret.
The chart-topping star died in the early hours of Christmas Day last year (12.25.16), aged 53, and despite the intense interest that has subsequently surrounded his reported £105 million estate, his family have kept the details a secret.
Outtakes: Sam Smith on George Michael, Rihanna and drinking
NEW YORK (AP) — Sam Smith — whose new album, "The Thrill of It All," debuted at No. 1 this week — discusses George Michael, recording bad songs and his goal to cut down smoking and drinking in outtakes from a recent interview with The Associated Press. Read the interview here .
George Michael was "convinced" he would be famous.
The 'Faith' singer - who tragically passed away on Christmas Day (25.12.16) at the age of 53 - began his music career as a member of pop duo Wham! alongside his close friend Andrew Ridgeley, and in his final interview recorded just weeks prior to his passing, he admitted he had an "absolute belief" that he would make it as a music star.
He said: "I was convinced that I had a huge amount to give, even though I didn't really know what it was.
George Michael was "terribly lonely" before coming out as gay.
The late former Wham! frontman - who tragically passed away on Christmas Day (25.12.16) at the age of 53 - came out in 1998 but had struggled with his sexuality for many years, and in an interview recorded prior to his passing, he admitted juggling his secret battle alongside his touring left him "desperately" alone.
Geri Horner has "moved on" from being a pop star.
The 45-year-old former Spice Girls singer - who has daughter Bluebell, 11, from a past relationship and nine-month-old son Monty with her husband Christian Horner, as well as being stepmother to his four-year-old daughter Olivia - recently made her chart comeback with George Michael tribute single 'Angel in Chains' but she didn't enjoy having to perform the track live and she doesn't think a music career is very compatible with raising a family.
Adele to open George Michael documentary with moving cover
Adele will pay tribute to the late George Michael with a heartfelt version of his hit single 'Fastlove' in his upcoming posthumous documentary 'Freedom'.
The 29-year-old singer will be seen performing the track during the opening credits of the documentary - which George was working on prior to his passing on Christmas Day (25.12.16) last year at the age of 53 - after she wowed audiences with a slowed-down cover of the song at the Grammy awards earlier this year.
George Michael says his life was a ‘waste of time’ in new documentary
George Michael describes his life as a "waste of time" in a new documentary.
The iconic singer - who died on Christmas Day (12.25.16) last year - expresses regret about his life and admits he never truly recovered from the death of his first love Anselmo Feleppa, who died from Aids more than two decades earlier, in 'Freedom'.
George Michael pays tribute to first boyfriend in new documentary
George Michael is to be heard talking about his first boyfriend in a new documentary.
The 'Careless Whisper' hitmaker - who was found dead at his home on Christmas Day (12.25.16) aged 53 - came out to his parents when he was 29 following the death of his first partner Anselmo Feleppa from an Aids-related illness, and in his final ever interview for a new film about his life called 'Freedom', George will open up about losing the Brazilian.
New George Michael single aired 8 months after star’s death
LONDON (AP) — A new single by George Michael has been released, eight months after the music star's death.
"Fantasy," first recorded in the late 1980s, has been reworked by funk-master Nile Rodgers. It received its first radio airplay on Thursday.
Geri Horner fancied George Michael before they became best friends.
The former Spice Girl has opened up about her relationship with the late Wham! star - who tragically passed away on Christmas Day (25.12.16) from natural causes - and how she was desperate to get his attention and was "shocked" when he revealed he was gay.
Recalling their special friendship, she said: "On a lighter note, I just really fancied him.
Geri Horner was nervous about making new music
Geri Horner was scared to record new music - because she feared she had left it too long to make a comeback as a solo star.
The 44-year-old singer first made music on her own back in 1999 after leaving iconic 90s girl group the year before but she released her last album, 'Passion', back in 2005 before rejoining the band in 2007.
Geri Horner: I pretend George Michael is still here
Geri Horner "pretends" the late George Michael is "still here somewhere close".
The 44-year-old singer was a close friend of the 'Careless Whisper' hitmaker - who tragically passed away on Christmas Day (25.12.16) from natural causes - and has said pretending the music icon is simply "in the other room" has helped her come to terms with her loss.
Geri Horner: George Michael used to judge my taste in men
George Michael used to judge the men Geri Horner dated.
The 44-year-old singer stayed with the late 'Careless Whisper' hitmaker - who passed away on Christmas Day (25.12.16) from natural causes - in St Tropez when she quit the Spice Girls, and has said the star would tell her to "stop being a silly cow" for bringing home the wrong kind of men.
George Michael fans will get the chance to see inside his Highgate mansion for the first time in a new documentary entitled 'Freedom'.
The 'Careless Whisper' hitmaker tragically passed away on Christmas day (25.12.16), and now it has been reported the exclusive documentary will take fans inside his North London home for the first time after his close pal Kate Moss was recently seen with a film crew at the estate.
Kenny Goss had ‘open relationship’ with George Michael
The late George Michael and Kenny Goss had an "open relationship".
The former Wham! star and his art dealer ex-partner - who dated from 1996 to 2011 - had an agreement that they could sleep with other people but Kenny insists that wasn't unusual for gay couples, though he admits he wasn't "as open" as the 'Careless Whisper' singer.
He told The Sun newspaper: "It was an open relationship. That is quite usual with gay couples. It was on both sides.
George Michael's former boyfriend wasn't "angry" when the singer was arrested for lewd conduct with an undercover policeman.
The late singer was famously arrested in 1998 over the incident in a Beverly Hills toilet and his then-partner Kenny Goss believes the 'Careless Whisper' hitmaker - who hadn't gone public with his sexuality or romance with the art dealer at that point - wanted to "get caught" and had a "moment of madness".
Kenny Goss would flush George Michael’s drugs down the loo
Kenny Goss flushed George Michael's drugs down the toilet in the hope he would beat his addiction.
The 58-year-old dated the late 'Careless Whisper' star between 1996 and 2011 and desperately tried to stop the singer from taking the substances by getting rid of them.
He said: "I would find drugs and flush everything down the toilet, thinking, 'If I just get rid of it, he won't get more'. He was absent-minded, so would just think he'd lost them.
Fadi Fawaz ‘plans art exhibition in memory of George Michael’
George Michael's boyfriend Fadi Fawaz reportedly intends to stage an art exhibition in memory of the singer.
The 40-year-old fine art photographer plans to honour the 'Carless Whisper' hitmaker later this year, when he will put some of his personal photographs on public display.
A source told The Sun newspaper: "Fadi has been very emotional in the months after George's passing, but is now keen to do something positive and thinks an exhibition is something he would have approved of.
Plans for a George Michael tribute concert have been thrown into doubt because his family haven't approved the show.
The late singer's friend, Dame Esther Rantzen, had hoped to organise a musical performance in honour of the 'Careless Whisper' hitmaker - who was found dead on Christmas Day (26.12.16) last year - in order to raise money for charity, and will meet with his loved ones later this week in order to ask for the go-ahead.
Family and close friends say goodbye to George Michael
LONDON (AP) — Singer George Michael's publicist says his funeral has been held in London.
The private funeral service took place Wednesday at Highgate Cemetery in north London. Michael's publicity agency, Connie Filippello Publicity, said in a statement it was attended by family and close friends
The family thanked his fans for their "many messages of love and support" and asked for its privacy to be respected.
George Michael laid to rest in London
George Michael’s funeral kept secret by family
George Michael's family are keeping his funeral a secret from the late singer's friends.
The 'Faith' hitmaker - who was found dead in bed on Christmas Day (12.25.16) - is reportedly being laid to rest next to his mother at Highgate West Cemetery, north London on Sunday (03.26.17) but his close friends haven't been informed by his relatives when the service will take place and have been camped outside the graveyard waiting for movement.
Sam Sparro frustrated by ‘sanitised’ recollections of George Michael
Sam Sparro feels George Michael's life has been retrospectively "sanitised".
The 34-year-old singer-songwriter was a huge fan of the 'Careless Whisper' hitmaker - who died at home on Christmas Day (25.12.16) - but feels that recent reflections on his life and career are "disrespectful to his legacy" and the gay community more broadly.
Sam - who is openly gay - explained: "George Michael was an earnest and sharp-witted pop auteur, who deserves much greater posthumous fanfare than he has received.
George Michael fans ‘pay to visit Highgate Cemetery’
George Michael fans have reportedly been paying £14 to take a guided tour of the cemetery where he will be buried.
The 'Careless Whisper' hitmaker - who was found dead in bed on Christmas Day (12.25.16) - is set to be laid to rest alongside his mother Lesley at Highgate West Cemetery, north London, later this week.
And loyal fans of the chart-topping star have been so eager to show their love for George that they have paid for guided tours of the cemetery, according to the Daily Star newspaper.
George Michael's funeral will take place in a tiny chapel that seats just 30 people.
The 'Faith' singer - who was found dead in bed on Christmas Day (12.25.16) - is expected to be laid to rest next week in a service at Highgate West Cemetery, north London, just 250 yards away from where he is expected to be buried alongside his beloved mother Lesley.
George Michael’s grave ‘put under 24-hour guard’
George Michael's grave has been put under round-the-clock guard.
The family of the 'Careless Whisper' hitmaker - who passed away from natural causes on Christmas Day (12.25.16) aged 53 - are reportedly fearful of people stealing tributes left by friends and relatives at Highgate Cemetery, north London, and have therefore decided to increase security around the burial site.
George Michael leaves mansion to older sister
George Michael reportedly left his £10 million London mansion to his older sister Melanie.
The 'Careless Whisper' hitmaker passed away from natural causes on Christmas Day (25.12.16) aged 53, and has reportedly left his lavish Highgate mansion home to his 55-year-old sister and hairdresser Melanie Panayiotou.
Fadi Fawaz reportedly snubbed George Michael’s family
George Michael's boyfriend Fadi Fawaz has reportedly snubbed George's family.
The boyfriend of the late 'Careless Whisper' hitmaker - who passed away on Christmas Day (25.12.16) aged 53 - has reportedly "disappeared" since George's death and has made no attempt to "get in touch" with George's family, according to the late star's cousin Andros Georgiou.
George Michael died of natural causes, British coroner says
LONDON (AP) — George Michael died of natural causes as the result of heart disease and a fatty liver, a British coroner said Tuesday.
Darren Salter, senior coroner for the county of Oxfordshire in southern England, said a post-mortem has found that the singer died of "dilated cardiomyopathy with myocarditis and fatty liver."
George Michael died of natural causes.
The coroner ruled on Tuesday (03.07.17) that the 'Careless Whisper' singer - who tragically passed away on Christmas Day last year at the age of 53 - died from dilated cardiomyopathy with myocarditis and fatty liver.
Dilated cardiomyopathy is where the heart finds it difficult to pump blood around the body because the heart has a weakened and enlarged left ventricle whilst fatty liver is a build-up of fat in the vital organ.
McCartney hits high, pays tribute to George Michael in Paris
PARIS (AP) — The rocking soundtrack blasting out the lyrics "Stella's On" had guests including Pamela Anderson and Salma Hayek tapping their feet at the gilded Opera Garnier venue in Paris.
It was a knockout, energy-filled show for Stella McCartney — who headlined Monday's installment of Paris Fashion Week and ended with a bittersweet tribute to the late George Michael.
Kenny Goss: Me and George Michael wished we’d never split up
Kenny Goss says he and George Michael should never have split up.
The Texan art dealer dated the 'Careless Whisper' hitmaker for 13 years from 1996 to 2009, and in his first televised interview since the star's death on Christmas Day (12.25.16) at the age of 53, he has opened up about their feelings for one and other and how he misses him more than ever now he is gone.
Kenny Goss: George Michael was the love of my life
George Michael's former partner Kenny Goss says the singer was "the love of his life".
The Texan art dealer dated George - who was 53 when he tragically passed away on Christmas Day (25.12.16) - for 13 years from 1996 to 2009, and in a touching tribute he has said that the 'Careless Whisper' hitmaker was and always will be loved by him and he "truly" believes he felt the same way about him.
Andrew Ridgeley can’t get closure on George Michael’s death
Andrew Ridgeley won't get "closure" from George Michael's death until after his funeral takes place.
The 'Praying for Time' hitmaker was found dead at his home on Christmas Day (12.25.16) after suffering heart failure, but he can't be laid to rest until a coroner investigating his death gets toxicology results, and George's former Wham! bandmate admits the delay has been "difficult" for all his loved ones.
Fadi Fawaz praises George Michael BRITs tribute
Fadi Fawaz was left heartbroken by the BRIT Awards tribute to George Michael.
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David Bowie honors, George Michael tribute top Brit Awards
LONDON (AP) — The Brit Awards recognized big international stars including Drake and Beyonce and a cross-section of home-grown talent Wednesday — but the ceremony was overshadowed by the much-missed David Bowie and George Michael.
Bowie, who died in January 2016 at age 69, was crowned British male artist of the year and won British album of the year for "Blackstar," released days before his death.
Fadi Fawaz insists he’ll be at George Michael’s funeral
Fadi Fawaz has slammed claims he has been banned from George Michael's funeral.
The music icon's 43-year-old lover was the one who found him dead at his home on Christmas Day (25.12.16) but the 'Careless Whisper' hitmaker's cousin Andros Georgiou recently insisted the hairdresser wouldn't be welcome at his memorial service because their family "hate" him.
However, Fadi has insisted that isn't the case and when the coroner finally releases his lover's body, he will be there at the service.
The Latest: Adele’s ‘Hello’ wins song of the year Grammy
The Latest on the 59th annual Grammy Awards being presented Sunday at the Staples Center in Los Angeles (all times local):
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An apologetic Adele has accepted the song of the year Grammy for "Hello," sharing it with the song's writer and producer, Greg Kurstin.
George Michael’s family angry at leak of emergency call
LONDON (AP) — Members of George Michael's family say they are "extremely upset" that a recording of the emergency call reporting his death was leaked to the press.
The family's lawyers released a statement Sunday saying they want an investigation, "and we will expect the culprit(s) to be dealt with appropriately."
It says Michael's family and friends are appalled "that such a personal, painful and clearly confidential recording has been leaked."
Naomi Campbell egged George Michael’s van
Naomi Campbell once egged George Michael's van.
The 46-year-old supermodel famously appeared in the late singer's 'Freedom '90' video but that wasn't her first encounter with the 'Careless Whisper' hitmaker - who was found dead from heart failure last Christmas Day (12.25.16) - as he was once the victim of minor vandalism because Naomi was a big fan of George's chart rival Boy George and his band Culture Club.
Elton John: George Michael was ‘kindest, most generous man’
Elton John says his late friend and fellow Brit George Michael was one of the best vocalists in the world.
John paid tribute to Michael during his Beats 1 Radio show Monday, calling him one of Britain's "most brilliant songwriters."
Elton John pays tribute to generous George Michael
Sir Elton John has paid a touching tribute to George Michael hailing him "one of the best vocalists ever".
The 'Tiny Dancer' hitmaker shared a close friendship with the late former Wham! star - who tragically passed away at his home in Goring-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, on Christmas Day (25.12.16) - and says he should be remembered for his "wonderful music" and generosity.