|George Michael Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 11 in|
|Date of Birth||June 25, 1963|
|Date of Death||December 25, 2016|
George Michael was an English singer, songwriter, record producer, and philanthropist best known for being one-half of the pop music duo ‘Wham!’ along with Andrew Ridgeley. As a solo artist, he had released albums like Faith (1987) and Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1 (1990).
Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou
Yog, Knobby, TLTI, George Michael
George was born on June 25, 1963.
George was found dead at the age of 53 on December 25, 2016, at his home in Goring-on-Thames, England. The cause of death was not clarified but later his manager revealed that George died because of heart failure.
East Finchley, London, England, United Kingdom
Goring-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, England, United Kingdom
George attended the Roe Green Junior School and Kingsbury High School. He later went on to study at Bushey Meads School.
Singer, Songwriter, Record Producer
- Father – Kyriacos Panayiotou (Restaurateur)
- Mother – Lesley Angold (Dancer)
- Siblings – Yioda (Older Sister), Melanie (Older Sister)
- Others – George James Harrison (Maternal Grandfather), Daisy Angold Young (Maternal Grandmother)
George was represented by Michael Lippman.
Pop, Post-Disco, R&B, Dance-Pop, Blue-Eyed Soul
- Innervision Records
- Columbia Records
- Epic Records
- Virgin Records
- Dream Works Records
- Aegean Records
5 ft 11 in or 180.5 cm
82 kg or 181 lbs
Boyfriend / Girlfriend / Spouse
George had dated –
- Pat Fernandez (1983-1984) – George was romantically involved with a dancer named Pat Fernandez in 1983. They broke up after a year of the relationship in 1984.
- Kathy Jeung (1985-1989) – In 1985, George dated a Chinese make-up artist named Kathy Jeung. Their relationship went on for almost 4 years before finally breaking up in 1989.
- Brooke Shields (1985) – In 1985, actress Brooke Shields and George were rumored to be dating.
- Anselmo Feleppa (1991-1993) – After coming out as gay, George was romantically involved with Brazilian fashion designer Anselmo Feleppa for 2 years before Feleppa’s death in 1993.
- Kenneth Goss (1996-2009) – George had his longest relationship with a former flight attendant, cheerleader coach, and sportswear executive from Dallas, Kenneth Goss. They started dating in 1996 and on August 22, 2011, George revealed that they had parted ways in 2009.
- Fadi Fawaz (2012-2016) – George started dating an Australian celebrity hairstylist and a freelance photographer named Fadi Fawaz in 2012.
Race / Ethnicity
He had Greek Cypriot ancestry on his father’s side and was of English descent on his mother’s side.
Salt and pepper
George had dated women in the past and thought himself to be heterosexual at the time but he later realized that he also liked men. He told his Wham! partner Andrew Ridgeley that he was bisexual at the age of 19. Finally, in 1999, in an interview, he revealed that he was actually gay. As per him, it was after falling in love with a man that ended his conflict over bisexuality. He said –
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 realised that none of those things had been love.
- Short hair
- Salt and pepper beard
George had appeared in a TV commercial for Diet Coke in 1989.
George was raised a Protestant Christian. His grandmother, before marriage, was Jewish.
He had even released songs such as “Faith”, “Jesus to a Child”, “Cowboys and Angels”, and “Praying for Time”. It appeared he believed in God.
But, overall, religion didn’t have a great impact on him.
Best Known For
- Being one-half of the pop music duo ‘Wham!’ along with Andrew Ridgeley
- His solo albums such as Faith (1987) and Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1 (1990)
George released his first studio album Fantastic in July 1983 along with Andrew Ridgeley as a part of the English pop duo ‘Wham!’. The album peaked at number 1 on the UK Albums Chart.
As a solo artist, his first album was Faith which was released in October 1987. The album peaked at number 1 on the UK, Dutch, and the US Billboard charts.
First TV Show
George made his first TV show appearance in Top of the Pops as himself in 1982.
George Michael Favorite Things
- Artist – David Cassidy
- TV Shows – This Morning
George Michael Facts
- George met Andrew Ridgeley at Bushey Meads School as a teenager and they went on to form a pop duo named ‘Wham!’ in 1981.
- Before the formation of ‘Wham!’, George along with Andrew Ridgeley and his brother Paul, Andrew Leaver, and David Mortimer formed a short-lived ska band called ‘The Executive’.
- 4 of his singles as part of ‘Wham!’ such as Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go, Freedom, I’m Your Man, and The Edge of Heaven were number 1 on the UK and Irish music charts.
- In 1993, he collaborated with the band Queen and Lisa Stansfield for his first extended play titled Five Live. It peaked at the number 1 spot on the UK Music charts.
- He had worked with famous artists such as Aretha Franklin, Elton John, Rory Bourke, Mary J. Blige, and Whitney Houston.
- He had given 7 number 1 singles in the UK and 8 number 1 songs on the US Billboard Hot 100.
- Although George was openly gay, he revealed that in his younger days, he was attracted to females. He also considered himself bisexual at a point.
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