In the mid-1980s, fans in America and the UK were enamored with George Michael and the Andrew Ridgeley-fronted band called Wham! When Wham! split in 1986, fans mourned the fact that George Michael was going solo.
However, now that the 25-year anniversary for George Michael’s chart-breaker, Listen Without Prejudice Volume One has arrived, rumors that Wham! may get back together have been overshadowed by allegations that George Michael may have a drug problem.
The rumors about George Michael and drug use go back to July 8 when George was seen entering a famous drug rehabilitation facility. Express reports, “British pop icon George Michael made a rare public appearance since he reportedly checked himself in to one of the most expensive rehab clinics in the world last month.”
On July 12, the Daily Mail published photos of George Michael in Switzerland (where the alleged rehab clinic was) hanging out with his boyfriend, Fadi Fawaz.
Following up on these rumors, on July 18 the Mirror reported the following.
“[George Michael] posted on his Twitter profile: ‘To my lovelies, do not believe this rubbish in the papers today by someone I don’t know anymore and haven’t seen for nearly 18 years. I am perfectly fine and enjoyed Wimbledon like the rest of you. Wish it went to five sets though!'”
Furthermore, the Mirror published a statement from George Michael’s manager that stated the rumors about him being in rehab were wrong, and “beyond this we have no further comment to make as the matter is now in the hands of Mr Michael’s lawyers.”
The irony that George Michael is experiencing is that this type of allegation and over-analysis of his personal life by the media has been part of his career since the beginning.
Complex points out that George Michael getting harassed as a celebrity is a recurring theme in his life and states the following on July 28.
“At the height of his career, George Michael was exhausted from celebrity. As a way to continue making music, he used the opportunity of his video for ‘Freedom ’90’ to buck convention and comment on the drain of celebrity: he refused to be on camera.”
With drug abuse allegations out of the way, George Michael can continue to celebrate the acclaim he is getting from the 25-year anniversary for his hit album Listen Without Prejudice Volume One — and is using the notoriety to promote a possible reunion with Andrew Ridgeley.
The Mirror reports, “… George Michael may film a 30th anniversary reunion…. The film would mark 30 years since the band’s last emotional gig at Wembley Stadium in June 1986…. A TV source said: ‘The show would be a great opportunity to reflect on the band’s incredible success. They defined that era in pop music, and it would be amazing to see the guys together again.'”
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