George Michael’s ex, Kenny Goss, has given a rare interview in which he spoke up about the singer’s death.
Speaking to Piers Morgan, Goss revealed Michael’s passing wasn’t a shock to his loved ones: “We all expected him to die. I had spent so much time when we lived together being worried about him.”
Goss and Michael were in an open relationship from 1996 until 2009. Part of their breakup was due to substance abuse and alcoholism – something they both struggled with. The singer died from heart disease on Christmas Day in 2016 at the age of 53.
Goss went on to tell Piers Morgan he “really did try” to save the star’s life.
“What I always do notice,” he said, “is there was a lot longer time that I was incredibly happy with him than I was worried with him. He always said that I saved his life. I think that’s a bit much, but I really did try.”
Goss said he was constantly worried about Michael, something the singer really didn’t like. “Honestly, he hated the fact that I worried about him so much. What’s the line he says in one of his songs? He says, ‘I can see it in your eyes when you look at me that way, it tears me in two’. And it really did. I just didn’t know what to do”
Kenny, 63, also shared that Michael had never-ending insecurities about his appearance, adding the singer didn’t “ever [think] he had a good looking moment in his life”.
“But what he did know was that he was a talented man, and a good songwriter,” Goss continued, adding that he was “one of the most honest people I’ve ever met”.
The interview comes just a day after news broke that a new book about Michael is about to be released, which will detail the singer’s spectacular spiral into substance abuse.
George Michael: A Life, out on June 28, says the Wham! star pretty much “lived in a haze” after he finished his 25 Live Tour in 2008. And soon the pop star apparently became reliant on illegal substances, such as GHB, aka the “date rape” drug.
GHB was also reportedly found in Michael’s possession back in 2006, when he was discovered by police slumped in his Mercedes near his Regent’s Park home in London. Police reported Michael was “semi-conscious and mumbling”. They also found marijuana in the vehicle.
The illegal drug reportedly made the singer crave fatty food, which resulted in weight gain in the years prior to his death. The British coroner determined he died of natural causes relating to heart disease and a fatty liver.
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