The Mirror reports that in the past month, George Michael has spent $40 million on artwork by Damien Hirst, taking the value of his personal collection up to $160 million. “George is hugely into his art. He made a lot of money from his 53-date tour last year and he thought this would be a good way to invest it,” a source close to the singer explained. “He’s chosen pieces by Damien, photographer David LaChapelle and Tracey Emin. They wouldn’t be to everyone’s taste but they’re hugely collectible and are certain to go up in value.”
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Conan O’Brien joked during his Late Night monologue on Monday night, “In a new interview, singer George Michael announced that despite repeated requests, he will never be part of a reunion of the ’80s group, Wham! Yeah, in case you’re curious, the repeated requests have all come from the other guy in Wham!”
Jay Leno joked during his Tonight Show monologue on Monday night, “After partying all night, Prince Harry came out of a a London bar, tried to punch a a photographer, and fell into the gutter. Luckily his fall was broken by George Michael, who was already lying there.”
The Sun reports George Michael has been lined up to perform first at the new Wembley Stadium on June 9th, as part of his UK and European stadium tour. Alex Horne, managing director of Wembley Stadium, said: “It’s fantastic news that George is to play Wembley Stadium’s opening concert. I’m sure this will be a very hot ticket. We are looking forward to putting the stadium back on the world map.” Read more.
Caron Daly joked during his ‘Last Call’ monologue on Thursday night, “There are rumors that George Michael and Andrew Ridgely are going to reform their old band Wham!. Yep. Fans are excited, but also concerned because they’re afraid they might not be able to return to their 1980’s level of gayness.”
Jay Leno joked during his Tonight Show monologue on Tuesday night, “Britain has now begun to sell Viagra over the counter without a prescription. Get it without a prescription, yeah. You thought George Michael went to the park a lot before. Oh, my God.”
News of the World reports that the buzz in New York is that George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley will secretly fly to the US this summer to start recording new Wham! material, though George’s manager Andy Stevens is denying the speculation.
The Guardian reports George Michael earned a staggering $3 million for a private, hour long New Year’s Eve performance in Russia. Read more.
The Sunday Mirror reports George Michael has been charged with being “unfit to drive” after being found slumped over the steering wheel of his Mercedes in October. The singer faces an automatic driving ban and up to six months in jail if convicted.
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At the start of his first UK tour for 15 years, George Michael spoke with Radio 2’s Mark Goodier about his fears to get on stage again, his musical career, and the difficulty in standing up for what he believes in. The 1-hour program at BBC.co.uk has since been removed.