This is a picture of the Mirror’s October 10, 2017 article:
Does George Michael’s heartbreaking last interview reveal a key clue to his death last Christmas?
The former Wham! singer opened up on losing his first ever love and the death of his mum in tragic scenes
George channelled his heartache into an ongoing legal battle with his record label, Sony. He had felt his 1990 album Listen Without Prejudice Vol 1 was marketed poorly and accused Sony of “professional slavery”.
Lifelong friend and former manager David Austin, who was co-director and executive producer on the 90-minute documentary, said George learned that Anselmo was dying during the court case.
He says: “All these things happened at the same time. Obviously nobody knew, he hadn’t come out at the time. He was on the stand… he hadn’t come out, his boyfriend was dying, he was holding this close to his chest, which was just devastating for him.”
George lost his High Court battle in July 1994. “The whole thing was a complete waste of time,” he says.
Bought out of his contract by Virgin, his grief inspired the 1996 album Older, including his ode to his lost love, Jesus to a Child. But as George started to cope with his grief, he was dealt another devastating blow.
“I had about a six-month period where things were OK and then I found out that my mother had cancer.”
In December 1996, Lesley was told the disease was terminal and she was allowed home from hospital to spend a final Christmas with her family.
George was at her side for her final few days at London’s Charing Cross Hospital in February 1997.
“I was so spiritually crushed after mum died,” says George. “So crushed and felt so bloody picked on by the gods. For all of my adult life she was phenomenal. Terrible, horrible loss.” He admits he “hit rock bottom” in the following years, sinking to a new low from which he never fully recovered.
“I took it very, very badly,” he reflects. “I’d never felt that kind of depression. It was something different to grief. It was on top of grief, I was grieving for my mother still, but it was something else. It was the darkest time.”