British singer George Michael writing new album
... recently. The car accident was the latest incident in a string of health scares and other mishaps. Last year, Michael canceled a tour of Australia due to "major anxiety" brought on by a 2011 battle with severe pneumonia in Vienna, where he was treated in intensive care for a month. In 1998 he was arrested in California for "engaging in a lewd act" in a public toilet. He has also had a number of run-ins with British police for possession of narcotics, and served time in jail for driving under the influence of cannabis. (Editing by Paul Casciato)Loading... British singer George Michael
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Geri Halliwell: I hit on George Michael
... 'You know he's the only celebrity friend I have, aside from the Spice Girls, that I tell all my secrets to,' she explained. 'I have long chats with him, he's like a brother. In the past I've played my music to him and sometimes he'd tell me it's s**t and other times it's great. 'He's very normal when you talk one-on-one with him.' George was recently released from hospital after being involved in a traffic accident in the UK. He fell from the Range Rover he was travelling in while moving at high rates of speed on a motorway. Have Your Say Click here to win an iPhone5! Geri Halliwell: I hit on George Michael
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George Michael Releases From Hospital Two Weeks After Accident
... stopped." She then explained Michael's injuries, "He had a deep cut above his left eyebrow which was really bleeding down his face into his teeth," she said. "Even if I had known who it was, I probably wouldn't have recognised him," she added. "I spoke to him like he was a normal guy but he was totally shocked, I don't think he was in any state to talk." Read the BBC report here. George Michael
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George Michael (June 25, 1963)
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He was born Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou in Bushley, Hertfordshire, England.
The first band he formed was called The Executives. Included in its lineup was Andrew Ridgley, who would later become the other half of the duo Wham! (thanks, Paul - Detroit, MI, for above 2)
His album Faith (which he produced) won Album Of The Year at the Grammy Awards in 1988. He also won a Grammy in 1987, for Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal, shared with Aretha Franklin for the song, "I Knew You Were Waiting for Me." (thanks, Ari - Elizabeth, NJ)
Michael has been arrested twice, first in 1998 for lewd conduct in a Los Angeles bathroom, and again in 2006 when police discovered marijuana in his car. After the first incident, where Michael was caught by an undercover cop, he declared his homosexuality and wrote a song about it called "Outside," where he made fun of the incident.
Michael was just 19 when Wham! rose to fame in Europe, and he became a favorite with young girls. It was also a very difficult time for him, as he struggled with fame and with his identity. He explained in a 1988 talk with Q magazine: "Around '84 it wasn't me. I don't know who I wanted me to be. I became this harmless, feminine-looking David Cassidy figure who all the little girls could take home without any fear of me putting my hand up their skirt. It was a strange situation because before that I wasn't the type of guy who could walk into a room and pull any bird, and suddenly, at 19, I could."
He has always avoided talking about his sexuality, which led to lots of speculation in the British press that he was gay. His typical response was, "People haven't the right to know."
The only Irishman to play at Woodstock (backing Joe Cocker), Henry was an early member of Paul McCartney's band Wings.
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