George Michael was known during the heyday of his career as an artist who revealed very little about his private life and wanted to keep it that way. This came to an end in his lifetime due to some scandals, but after his death we learned even more. Including a loved one who dropped out of school after Michael’s death and a new, unauthorized biography coming out this week.
Despite his hectic efforts, Michael’s privacy is never completely private. But things take a turn for the worse when, in the 1990s, he is busted for immorality on a toilet. From that moment on, his drug use has been a regular topic of conversation. Even after his death, he continues to make the tabloids with an ex who takes him down on social media.
Michael was one of the greatest artists of his generation in the 1980s and 1990s. That means everyone wants to know everything about their love life. The singer who broke through as a member of the duo Wham! and then scored big solo hits like Careless whisper† believe and Freedom! ’90, have different relationships with women. But even then, there is much speculation about the pop star’s sexual orientation.
Yet he keeps his homosexuality to himself for a long time, and he does so not only to protect his career. The singer is especially afraid of the reaction from his family, especially his father. Finally, in 1998, Michael is exposed to a scandal that also involves the police.
George Michael was in a relationship with Kenny Goss from 1996 to 2009.
The toilet scandal
Michael is arrested on April 7, 1998 for indecency in a public restroom in a park in Beverly Hills. The singer says he was provoked by an undercover police officer to take his genitals out. According to Michael, he did so only after the agent did the same.
The agent is suing him for these comments and for the music video that accompanies the song outside† In that clip, the singer can be seen in a men’s toilet, where several models walk around in police uniforms. Michael himself has one too.
The incident gets a lot of media attention and leads to Michael’s official coming out as gay in a TV interview. The singer is currently in a relationship with Kenny Goss. In 2006, he was caught again in London for cruise (having sex with other men in public). He then tells in an interview that he does this a few times a year and sees no problem with it.
Driving under the influence
In the years that followed, Michael was arrested several times for possession of drugs and driving under the influence. For example, hashish and cocaine have been found on him several times.
In 2006, he was arrested for blocking the road at a traffic light. The singer turns out to be affected and is not allowed to drive for two years. In 2010, he crashes his car into the wall of a store. This time, the singer is going to jail for a month.
(Ex) girlfriend throws mud
Fadi Fawaz was the last to have a love affair with Michael. It is not entirely clear if the two were still officially together at the time of the singer’s death. Fawaz himself says he found him dead in his home on Christmas Day 2016.
The relatives of Michael will not have much to do with Fawaz. He is also not in the singer’s will. This causes problems after Michael’s death. Fawaz quarrels with the family over the inheritance and is actually not welcome at the funeral. It even leads to his arrest in 2020 when he breaks into Michael’s home. He then claims that it is actually his house.
Fawaz is also in doubt about Michael’s autopsy. According to him, the artist did not die of natural causes but would have committed suicide after several attempts. Fawaz ensures that Michael is still in the tabloids more than five years after his death. He writes about Michael’s drug use and weekends he is said to have spent with companions.
Difficult relationship with dad
Author James Gavin has written an unauthorized biography of Michael this year, which reveals even more details about the singer’s privacy. According to Gavin, many of Michael’s personal problems can be traced back to his difficult relationship with his father. For example, many of his insecurities and his long-delayed outcome are due to this.
The book also emphasizes Michael’s music, especially the album released in 1996 Older† He dedicates this record to his first friend Anselmo Feleppa, who died in 1993, who died of AIDS-related health problems. According to Gavin, Michael was more open about his life in his music to the attentive listener than was alleged.
“I was touched by how sad and raw the record is, and I knew George was sharing his diary on that album. He had lost the love of his life. It was not publicly known, but there were hints, for the record is dedicated. Anselmo Feleppa. It was not difficult to read between the lines and see what this person meant to him. “