The George Michael we knew: celebrities remember him one year on
Its almost a year since George Michael succumbed. Here, Elton John, Mariah Carey, James Cordon and Tatjana Patitz recall their friend
Elton John:’ On Christmas Day last year I lost a beloved friend’
George was always great fun to be with. He was never afraid to speak his mind. Like me, he’d often get himself into trouble by saying what he really believed. He was straightforward, which meant you always knew where you stood with him- rather than someone who will be nice in front of you and then horrible behind your back. So fulfilling up with George was always an event because he had such a definite sentiment on everything and when opinions clashed it would make for an interesting evening.
People genuinely adored George and it wasn’t just the music. They felt for him and they felt his conflicts; he was completely authentic. He wasn’t touring all the time or putting records out year after year. He was a true starring. When you considered George perform you were going to see someone who really could sing beautifully and move you with his music. It was a treat. With all his trials, afflictions and the publicity, people could relate to the imperfection. We’re all imperfect and we all have our flaws. He had his fair share of pain in life and this “re coming out” in his songs.
Throughout his problems he maintained dignified and tried hard to stay private. George, like the rest of us, induced mistakes and sometimes publicly, but people could see what I personally was lucky enough to know about George. That he was one of the kindest, most generous people that I ever met in my life.
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