Sad Truth of Pop Singer’s George Michael’s Lonely Last Years
If you are over the age of 35 or 40, you should already know who George Michael is. If not: he was a very famous pop star who had a string of pop hits in the 1980s, some under the name of the musical duo he was in, “Wham!”
More proof that achieving world wide fame and wealth is not a guarantee of being happy, at peace, or being fulfilled:
Sad Truth of George Michael’s Lonely Last Years by Sarah Rainey, May 2017
Sad truth of George’s lonely last years – by man who knew him best: Hours of daytime TV. Binges on ready meals and Coco Pops. Shuffling around in pyjamas. In a candid interview, the star’s ex-lover reveals the stark reality behind the gilded facade
Four months after singer George Michael was found dead in his bed, the shrine outside his North London home continues to grow.
Ribbons and balloons are strung in the trees in the park opposite the £8 million mansion in Highgate, which George, 53, shared with his hair stylist partner Fadi Fawaz, 43, before his sudden death from a heart condition on Christmas Day.
…But to those who knew him well, there is an uncomfortable contrast between the fans’ depiction of George’s starry existence — and the rather mundane life he was really leading in the years and months before his untimely death.
The truth is that the singer had long since left those days behind, and beneath the glamorous facade was a sad, lonely man who felt he had little left to live for.
Behind the tired-looking blinds on the windows of his red-brick home, George used to spend his days hiding from the world, sitting in flannel pyjamas as he binged on daytime television, takeaways and cheap ready meals.
He was so crippled by shyness that he refused to sing in front of friends or family, preferring to potter round the garden instead. It was a world away from his flamboyant on-stage persona.
At night, George would sleep alone, passing the time by phoning chat shows to correct news stories about himself. He desperately craved someone to talk to.
In an extraordinary interview, his long-term partner Kenny Goss, from whom he separated in 2009, has revealed that George’s larger-than-life public persona was a ‘stranger’ to them both.
‘He didn’t like being that person,’ Kenny admits. ‘He liked being at home, behind closed doors. He did not like being “George Michael”.’
George, who was born to a Greek Cypriot father and an English mother and spent much of his early career trying to conceal his homosexuality, went through periods of extreme depression, even at the height of his fame, during which he would completely disappear from public view.
[According to George Michael’s ex, Kenny]:
But Kenny reveals George was plagued by deep-seated insecurity, so much so that he refused to let him see him perform — even at home. ‘The only time he wrote and worked on music was in the bath,’ he says. ‘He would soak for hours, at any time of day. He liked to be alone there. Writing was his passion but he never sang in the house or the car. He would be too embarrassed.
…At night, the pair slept in separate bedrooms. Kenny says they each needed their own space, while George spent lonely nights wide awake, channel-hopping.
..He was also gripped by constant anxiety about losing his loved ones. He refused to go on holiday and, after the terrorist attacks of 9/11, declared he wanted only to fly by private jet.
Despite wanting children, Kenny knew George wouldn’t have been able to cope with a family. ‘It would have driven him crazy, the anxiety. My God, he was such a worrier.’
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George Michael singing “Father Figure” (link You Tube)
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