Early Life of George Michael
On June 25, 1963, George Michael was born in East Finchley, London, as Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou. The Greek Cypriot restaurateur's father, Kyriacos “Jack” Panayiotou, came to England in the 1950s and established a successful business there. A former English dancer, his mother, Lesley Angold, raised him.
Michael was born and raised in London, where he spent most of his formative years. Roe Green Elementary School and Kingsbury High School were his educational stops. Yoda was born in 1962, and Melanie was born in 1964 and died in 2019. With Andrew Ridgeley, he attended Bushey Meads School. Both of them aspired to be musicians, and they formed a close friendship.
The career of George Michael
In 1981, Michael established Wham! with Andrew Ridgeley, which became a huge success. “Young Guns,” “Wham Rap!” and “Club Tropicana” were all top ten hits from the band's debut album, “Fantastic,” released in 1983. The singles “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go,” “Freedom,” “Everything She Wants,” and “Careless Whisper” from their second album, “Make It Big,” reached the top of the charts in more than two dozen countries, including the United States and the United Kingdom. Wham! was formally disbanded by Michael and Ridgely in 1986. A successful solo career followed Michael's departure from the band.
“Faith,” Michael's first solo album, was released in late 1987 and became an immediate classic. “I Want Your Sex” was the album's first single to be released. Many radio stations worldwide refused to play the song because of its sexually explicit lyrics. As with the first single, “Faith” was released a few weeks before the album in October 1987.
George Michael's “Faith” became one of his most well-known tunes. The song was the biggest seller in the United States in 1988. A four-song EP, “Faith,” was released by the band, along with the following singles: Father Figure, One More Attempt, and Monkey.
This album, the first in a series called “Listen Without Prejudice,” was released in 1990. Songs like “Praying for Time,” the lead single, deal with issues of social injustice. In October 1990, the song “Waiting for That Day” was released as the second single from the album. “Praying for Time,” “Waiting for That Day,” “Freedom! '90,” “Heal the Pain,” and “Cowboys and Angels” were all UK singles issued within eight months from the album's release.
This song's music video was directed by “Se7en” director David Fincher, making it one of only two of the band's singles to feature a music video. As a result, instead of George singing the song, they hired supermodels such as Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista, and Christy Turlington to appear and lip-sync the song.
“Older,” “Songs from the Last Century,” and “Patience,” his final CD, were all released between 1996 and 2004.
It is estimated that George Michael sold over 115 million records globally at his death. He has sold more than 80 million records as a solo artist, making him one of the most famous music performers. More than 25 million copies of Faith, his first solo album, were sold. With Wham!, he sold an additional 30 million records.
A look at legal and drug-related issues: Drug arrests and public indecency, including sexual actions, have plagued Michael throughout his life. He had a history of drug misuse. On April 7th, 1998, Michael was arrested for indecent behavior in Beverly Hills park's public restroom. In a sting operation, an undercover police officer detained Michael. Following his “no contest” plea to the charges, Michael was fined $810 and sentenced to 80 hours of community service.
Michael was detained in February 2006 on suspicion of narcotics possession, which he blamed on his own “dumb fault, as always.” After blocking the road at traffic lights in northwest London in 2007, he admitted to driving under the influence of drugs. He was given a two-year driving ban.
On the 23rd of July, 2006, Michael was charged in London with having sex with a stranger in broad daylight. Michael was detained in a London public lavatory on September 19, 2008, for drug possession.
Personal Life of Michael
When Michael slammed his car into the front of a North London store on his way home after a Gay Pride march on July 4, 2010, he was detained on suspicion of drunk driving. While driving under the influence of alcohol or narcotics, he was arrested and charged with marijuana possession on August 12.
A five-year driving suspension and an eight-week prison sentence were handed down to Michael on September 14, 2010. After completing four weeks in prison, Michael was released on October 11, 2010.
During his days of extensive drug use, Michael admits to smoking up to 25 joints a day and abusing sleeping pills.
Late in his adolescence, Michael was romantically involved with make-up artist Kathy Jeung, an Asian-American. She also starred in the “I Want Your Sex” music video. Later, Michael claimed that she was his “sole bona fide” girlfriend.
At the Rock in Rio performance in 1991, Michael met Anselmo Feleppa, whom he began dating the following year. Feleppa found he had HIV six months into their relationship. An AIDS-related cerebral hemorrhage claimed Feleppa's life in 1993. To honor Feleppa, Michael composed the song “Jesus to a Child,” which appears on his latest album, “Older.
He was in a relationship with sporting goods heir Kenny Goss from 1996 till 2009. Michael and Goss reportedly planned to register their relationship as a civil partnership at the end of November 2005. Still, their plans were postponed due to bad press and Michael's approaching tour. In 2009, they broke up.
Fadi Fawaz, an Australian celebrity hairstylist, living in London, began dating Michael in 2012. On Christmas Day in 2016, Fawaz discovered Michael's body.
Michael possessed a $12 million property in north London called Highgate House at his death. Melanie, Melanie's sister, received the house.
A 16th-century cottage at Goring-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, was also held by Michael. As part of his effort to preserve the house's historical traits, Michael acquired and refurbished the home in 2007, a procedure that kept the house's original low ceilings and wooden beams.
George Michael's Net Worth
At his death, George Michael had a net worth of $200 million as an English singer, songwriter, record producer, and philanthropist. Before venturing out on his own, he gained notoriety as half of the pop group Wham! in the 1980s. Michael has sold more than 100 million albums globally when it comes to music. At 53, George Michael died at his home outside of London on December 25, 2016. He was said to have died from heart failure.