George Michael: Freedom Uncut, a feature-length documentary, is the final project the late star worked on. Directed and narrated by the international superstar himself, the film will be available globally on Wednesday, June 22. Continue reading “‘George Michael: Freedom Uncut’ Gets Premiere Date”
Just days before the fourth anniversary of the Christmas Day death of pop star George Michael, his ex was found breaking into Michael’s £5 million London townhouse.
The Sun reports Fadi Fawaz, 47, had apparently climbed over the security fence and broke a window in order to gain entrance to the home.
A witness told the publication, “Fadi looked in a bad way, like he’d been living rough. He was very emotional.”
According to reports, he screamed at the police as he was being dragged out of the Regent Park home, “This is my place. George wanted me to have it.”
Although he was forcibly removed from the property, the authorities did not charge the Fawaz with any crimes.
The former hairdresser had been banned from the property since July 2019 when Fawaz was discovered in a drugged-out rage taking a sledgehammer to the walls, ceilings, and even toilets last year.
— Fadi Fawaz (@fadifawaz) February 5, 2012
Prior to that, Fawaz had been living in the home since finding George, 53, dead in his bed on Christmas Day in 2016. The two had been dating since 2012.
But in June 2019, it was revealed that Michael left his £97.6 million estate to family members and professional associates, but not a dime was set aside for Fawaz.
It doesn't get any much better than this. The most beautiful view and the most beautiful man 🙂 pic.twitter.com/SDq4RAwA
— Fadi Fawaz (@fadifawaz) February 9, 2012
Beautiful day, handsome company and an amazing place. pic.twitter.com/vtm4wiB7
— Fadi Fawaz (@fadifawaz) January 31, 2012
Bringing you 10 holiday songs for your uber-gay Christmas Day.
All of these artists are proudly LGBTQ and celebrated for their artistry in their respective genres.
1. George Michael (back in his Wham! days) delivered unto us this now-required listening holiday pop gem, “Last Christmas,” in 1986.
2. Out country hunk Ty Herndon takes the iconic “O Come All Ye Faithful” into African rhythm territory here, and it totes works.
3. It doesn’t get any more camp than this: the first true bear band, Bearforce1, with their holiday mashup, “Christmas is here!”
4. Two-time Out Music Award winner Matt Zarley covered Mariah Carey’s “Miss You Most At Christmastime” to spectacular result as part of his ‘UnCOVERED’ cover song series.
5. Award-winning cabaret star Ann Hampton Callaway offers this uber-jazzy “Jingle Bells.”
6. Before winning an Emmy Award as an insane murderer on American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace, Darren Criss’ “Blaine” was singing and dancing the holiday classic “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” in high style with out actor Chris Colfer’s “Kurt” on GLEE.
7. Tony Award winner Levi Kreis (Million Dollar Quartet) gives you a little bit gospel, a little bit rockabilly on his new cover of “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town.”
8. Elton John released his “Step Into Christmas” in 1973 and it raced all the way to #1 on the Billboard Christmas Singles chart that year.
9. Handsome out smooth jazz saxophonist Dave Koz shared this cover of “The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire)” on his 1997 release, December Makes Me Feel This Way.
10. Bright Light Bright Light gifted us with this synth-pop version of the classic “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”
Some 35 years after the release of the smash-hit “Last Christmas” by Wham!, George Michael’s millions of fans get another festive treat.
“This Is How (We Want You To Get High),” which was recorded during George’s final studio sessions, is his first original material to be released in seven years.
George died on Christmas Day in 2016.
A funky, upbeat soon-to-be-classic, “This is How (We Want You to Get High)” has a seductive George Michael hook and melody. The lyrics, written exclusively by George, see the star addressing society’s ills with his trademark blend of self-deprecation and wry humor.
Work on the track began in early 2012, was subsequently recorded in sessions at Air Studios in London, and ultimately received finishing touches in late 2015 during George’s final recording sessions.
With its uplifting vibe and socially-conscious message, “This is How (We Want You to Get High)” will be featured during the credits of the upcoming Last Christmas, Universal Pictures’ new romantic comedy. The film was inspired by the eponymous Wham! hit, and has a soundtrack featuring three Wham! tracks and twelve songs from George Michael’s solo career.
Hit the play button below.
In this week’s podcast:
• The chief of Customs & Border Patrol told Congress an immigrant’s HIV+ status is enough to justify family separation at the border
• A 90s child actor made an AIDS joke on Twitter, and no one laughed
• George Michael’s ex trashed the deceased pop star’s mansion
• A major LGBTQ news website closes its doors
• Jake Gyllenhaal shares about his iconic Brokeback Mountain role
All that and more in this episode of The Randy Report
Some news items you might have missed:
• Instagram: Out Olympian Gus Kenworthy and company share: “Tired, sore and sunburnt… Welcome to Whine Country!” Team Worthy reached the mid-point of this year’s AIDS/LifeCycle ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles. #AllForAGoodCause
• NBC News: A Texas school board unanimously voted to fire a teacher who tried to report undocumented students in her school district to President Donald Trump through a series of public tweets — that she thought were private messages to the president.
• NY Times: The leader of La Luz del Mundo, a church headquartered in Mexico that claims to have more than one million followers worldwide, was charged Tuesday in Los Angeles with more than a dozen sex crimes, including allegations that he forced children to have sex and made them pose naked for photos.
• The Guardian: The White House paid nearly $1 million to rent four limos during Donald Trump’s two-day trip to Ireland. Four limos, two days. Seriously.
• The Sun: Pop star George Michael left nothing in his will to his past lovers, Kenny Goss and Fadi Fawaz. His estate’s estimated worth is $98 million.
• Gay Star News: Sir Ian McKellen has launched a new program, Pride In Ageing, that will work to end the inequalities faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people over 50 in Greater Manchester and ensure that they have access to inclusive housing and care later in life.
• Netflix, which has nearly doubled the number of LGBTQ characters in their shows and movies over the last 12 months, has launched a collection of queer stories on the streaming service.
The streaming giant also launched a brand new Instagram page @Prism today, to spotlight queer stories, characters and talent.
“Love is the most strong and powerful feeling and I think the LGBTQ+ community has got that locked down.”
🌈 Celebrate your power 🌈 pic.twitter.com/uxKSu6VmZO
— Netflix US (@netflix) June 5, 2019
|Fadi Fawaz and George Michael (image via Twitter)|
George Michael’s former boyfriend, Fadi Fawaz, alleges the pop star committed suicide rather than died of natural causes in new statements to the UK publication, The Sun.
According to the newspaper, emails written by Fawaz claim Michael, 53, took his life on Christmas Eve 2016: “I’m sick and tired of people asking me what happened on Christmas Day. Well let me tell you, George died on his mother’sbirthday, so that might answer a few questions. Not to mention it took five attempts to manage to end his life. I think it’s important for the story.”
Similar claims were made on Fawaz’s Twitter account in 2017 although the Fawaz said his account had been hacked at the time.
At the time of Michael’s passing, the coroner ruled his death was due to “natural causes and had dilated cardiomyopathy with myocarditis and fatty liver.”
The newspaper reports a spokeswoman for George’s estate last night said she had “no trust” in Fadi’s claims.
The Sun also notes that the 45-year-old hairdresser is still fighting for a portion of the star’s £105million estate. He apparently still lives in Michael’s Regent’s Park home even though the family has asked him to leave.
Michael’s music catalogue surged back up the charts a staggering 2,678% selling almost 500,000 tracks in the week that followed his death.
Some news items you might have missed:
• Just found out I’m going to be on the same Atlantis cruise later this month with this guy (above). #WoofForWolff
• George Michael made secret donations to Project Angel Food in Los Angeles totaling more than $650,000 after the death of his partner to HIV-related causes in 1993.
• The state of Florida will offer HIV prevention treatment PrEP for free statewide by the end of 2018.
• The ABC hit TV sitcom Modern Family will probably come to a close after it’s 10th season next year. The LGBT-inclusive series has won 22 Primetime Emmy Awards to date.
• Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen apparently doesn’t know if Norway is a predominantly white country. #SRSLY
• Jax Jones recently dropped his latest dance bop, “Breathe,” featuring vocals by Ina Wroldsen.
With a catchy chorus, the melodic house track jumped to #6 in just a few weeks on the UK Singles chart. Listen below – bet you bounce.
Check out this excerpt from the documentary George Michael: Freedom where Elton John, James Corden and others discuss the brilliance and beauty of “Praying For Time.”
Michael personally worked on the documentary right up through December of last year before his death.
The track is from Michael’s iconic Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1 which has been re-released as a deluxe set adding in tracks from his MTV Unplugged concert in October 1996.
You can watch George Michael: Freedom on Showtime.
As I reported yesterday, the late George Michael’s mega-hit album, Listen Without Prejudice Vol.1 is set for re-release on October 20 and the documentary George Michael: Freedom will air this Saturday/October 21 at 9pm ET/PT on Showtime.
In celebration of the out artist’s body of work, take a look/listen to “Fantasy.” a reworked single by George Michael featuring Nile Rodgers currently on A-list rotation on BBC Radio 2.
Featuring a melange of “George Michaels” over the years, the track is exactly what you would expect of the pop superstar.
Take a look below, and click here to pre-order.
Also available for streaming here.