George Michael’s Last Interview: Interviews on Love & Illness

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Singer George Michael performs on stage in concert on the first night of his “George Michael Live” Australian tour at Burswood Dome on February 20, 2010 in Perth, Australia. (Getty)

Throughout the years, George Michael gave many lengthy – and deeply personal – interviews in which he discussed love, art, heartbreak, and loss.

However, in recent years, his interviews were sparse. His last known interview is believed to be one he granted in 2014 to A.J. Delafield of the website Ham & High.

In that interview, Michael struck a number of themes. Here are some of the highlights:

He Was Focusing on the Voice

In the interview, Delafield describes how Michael “wanted, he said, to really explore and showcase his vocals, backed by an orchestra in each new location.”

The Moment He Almost Died – in 2011

Michael revealed to Delafield that he almost died when he was stricken with pneumonia in 2011. “Yes, it almost killed me,” he admits now. “On a subconscious level it was very frightening and I’ll probably never feel quite as safe again. But oh my God, I was just so grateful to come out alive and very happy to get back to my home in London.”

On What Makes Great Music

Michael discussed the ingredients for making great music, telling Delafield that it boiled down to including emotion in songs and approaching them with “heart.”

“I always had a strong intent to be direct and emotional with my songs, and that’s never left me.”

You can read the entire, lengthy interview on the Ham & High site here.

Michael also gave a 2014 interview to The Guardian. This interview was in the form of a Q and A.

He told the Guardian he was happiest when he was in love. He also discussed his guiltiest pleasure, what love feels like, his greatest fear and other deep questions. His greatest fear? “Losing my ability to create music.”

Throughout the years, Michael granted many other lengthy interviews. Here are a few of them:

Dutch and other European Television – 1988 and 1987

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Michael gave a wide ranging interview with Dutch television at the start of his career, in which he discussed everything from his music to wearing makeup.

He also gave a lengthy interview to European television in 1987:

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CNN – 1998

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Michael came out as gay in a CNN interview with Jim Moret in 1998. He told CNN that he did not have his first gay relationship until he was 27, adding, “I spent the first half of my career being accused of being gay when I hadn’t had anything like a gay relationship.”

GQ and NBC – 2004

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In 2004, Michael granted a lengthy interview to GQ Magazine in which he discussed relationships with the men he’d loved over the years, including Anselmo Feleppa, his Brazilian boyfriend who died of AIDS.

That same year, Michael discussed coming out with Matt Lauer.

Oprah Winfrey

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Michael gave a televised, wide-ranging interview with TV host Oprah Winfrey. His boyfriend at the time, Kenny Goss, was in the room. You can watch it above.

2011 – On His Illness

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In 2011, Michael talked about his battle with pneumonia. He said he felt weak but was better.

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