44 Facts About George Michael

1. George Michael had supported the Terrence Higgins Trust "for many years" as well as Macmillan Cancer Support.

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2. George Michael said: "Loss is such an incredibly difficult thing.

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3. George Michael wore a red ribbon at the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert at Wembley Stadium in 1992.

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4. In 1988, George Michael participated in the Nelson Mandela 70th Birthday Tribute at Wembley Stadium in London together with many other singers, performing "Sexual Healing".

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5. In 1986, George Michael took part in the Prince's Trust charity concert held at Wembley Arena, performing "Everytime You Go Away" alongside Paul Young.

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6. George Michael donated the royalties from "Last Christmas" to Band Aid and subsequently sang with Elton John at Live Aid in 1985.

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7. George Michael devoted his 2007 concert in Sofia, from his "Twenty Five Tour" to the Bulgarian nurses prosecuted in the HIV trial in Libya.

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8. George Michael told the audience: "Thank you for everything you do—some people appreciate it.

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9. In 2006, George Michael performed a free concert for NHS nurses in London to thank the nurses who had cared for his late mother.

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10. On 16 May 2013, George Michael sustained a head injury when he fell from his moving car on the M1 motorway, near St Albans in Hertfordshire, and was airlifted to hospital.

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11. On 26 October 2011, George Michael cancelled a performance at the Royal Albert Hall in London due to a viral infection.

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12. George Michael was arrested for drug-related offenses in 2006, 2008, and 2010.

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13. George Michael was released from Highpoint Prison in Suffolk on 11 October 2010, after serving four weeks.

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14. On 14 September 2010, at the same court, George Michael was sentenced to eight weeks in prison, a fine, and a five-year ban from driving.

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15. George Michael was taken to the police station and cautioned for controlled substance possession.

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16. On 19 September 2008, George Michael was arrested in a public restroom in the Hampstead Heath area for possession of Class A and C drugs.

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17. George Michael was arrested by undercover policeman Marcelo Rodriguez in a sting operation using so-called "pretty police".

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18. On 7 April 1998, George Michael was arrested for "engaging in a lewd act" in a public restroom of the Will Rogers Memorial Park in Beverly Hills, California.

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19. In 2012, George Michael entered a relationship with Fadi Fawaz, an Australian celebrity hairstylist and a freelance photographer of Lebanese descent based in London.

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20. In 1996, George Michael entered into a long-term relationship with Kenny Goss, a former flight attendant, cheerleader coach, and sportswear executive from Dallas.

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21. At the age of 19, George Michael told Andrew Ridgeley that he was bisexual.

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22. In October 2011, George Michael was announced as one of the final nominees for the Songwriter's Hall of Fame.

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23. On 15 April 2011, George Michael released a cover of Stevie Wonder's 1972 song, "You and I", as an MP3 gift to Prince William and Catherine Middleton on the occasion of their wedding on 29 April 2011.

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24. George Michael appeared on Comic Relief itself, featuring in the first Carpool Karaoke sketch of James Corden, with the pair singing songs while Corden drove around London.

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25. On 20 February 2010, George Michael performed his first show in Perth at the Burswood Dome to an audience of 15,000.

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26. In early 2010, George Michael performed his first concerts in Australia since 1988.

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27. On 25 December 2008, George Michael released a new track "December Song" on his website for free.

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28. George Michael appeared on the 2008 finale show of American Idol on 21 May singing "Praying for Time".

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29. George Michael made his American acting debut by playing a guardian angel to Jonny Lee Miller's character on Eli Stone, a US TV series.

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30. In 2006, George Michael embarked on his first tour in 15 years, 25 Live.

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31. George Michael told BBC Radio 1 on 10 March 2004 that future music that he puts out would be available for download, with fans encouraged to make a donation to charity.

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32. George Michael allowed Oprah's crew inside his home outside London.

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33. On 17 November 2003, George Michael re-signed with Sony Music, the company he had left in 1995 after a legal battle.

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34. George Michael performed the song on numerous TV shows including Top of the Pops and So Graham Norton.

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35. In February 2003, George Michael unexpectedly recorded another song in protest against the looming Iraq war, Don McLean's "The Grave".

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36. George Michael co-produced on the single along with American producer Rodney Jerkins.

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37. George Michael consistently dedicated the song to Feleppa before performing it live.

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38. George Michael donated the royalties from "Too Funky" to the same cause.

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39. George Michael complained that Sony had not completely supported the release of his second album, resulting in its poor performance in the US as compared to Faith.

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40. In 1991, George Michael released an autobiography through Penguin Books titled Bare, co-written with Tony Parsons.

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41. In late 1987, George Michael released his debut solo album, Faith.

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42. George Michael cited Cassidy as a major career influence and interviewed Cassidy for David Litchfield's Ritz Newspaper.

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43. In 1985 George Michael received the first of his three Ivor Novello Awards for Songwriter of the Year from the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors.

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44. George Michael performed his final concert at London's Earls Court on 17 October 2012.

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