Remembering George Michael! (II)

Even though George Michael came out in 1998, it was still a time of prejudice and discrimination, especially towards a beloved male singer. “For some strange reason, my gay life didn’t get easier when I came out. Quite the opposite happened, really,” he shared. “The press seemed to take some delight that I previously had a ‘straight audience,’ and set about trying to destroy that. And I think some men were frustrated that their girlfriends wouldn’t let go of the idea that George Michael just hadn’t found the ‘right girl’ [yet]. Which is still what a lot of my extended family still think!”

I never had a moral problem with being gay. I thought I had fallen in love with a woman a couple of times. Then I fell in love with a man, and realized that none of those things had been love.

His passing away was followed by a brief statement: “It is with great sadness that we can confirm our beloved son, brother and friend George passed away peacefully at home over the Christmas period. The family would ask that their privacy be respected at this difficult and emotional time. There will be no further comment at this stage.

 

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