The interview is a translation of the George Michael interview “Jag är inget sexmonster” by Robert Börjesson published on April 5, 2007 in the Swedish newspaper Expressen.
LONDON. The sex scandal almost destroyed George Michael. But now he’s back with a vengeance and soon to perform in Sweden.
“I’m described as a sex monster,” says George Michael to Expressen.
George Michael’s career was expected to be over when a British paper published pictures that claimed to reveal a sex encounter with a van driver in a public area, a park north of London.
That revelation would have caused a majority of artists to go into hiding.
But the Wham! star decided to go on tour and show all of his critics that the fans still love him. George Michael’s acclaimed European tour arrives at Stockholm stadion on June 22.
“It could’ve ruined my career” he says.
And most artists would have locked themselves up in a room, just brooding over how they will lose sponsorships, contracts.
“But I continued to fight because it was of great importance that gay youth shouldn’t see it as the end of my career. And that is what kept me going this whole last year. You should never have to apologize for an alternative sex life.”
Ten years ago, he was arrested in Los Angeles after exposing himself to an undercover police officer in a public toilet. George Michael believes the level of tolerance for homosexuality is steadily decreasing.
“Gay people should be like they are on TV shows, such as Will & Grace and Queer Eye for the Straight Guy. They should be girls trapped in men’s bodies. Should be devoid of sexuality. That way people will not feel threatened.”
“We’re now, at fast speed, heading back to that situation where people didn’t dare to come out as gay.”
“I think it’s horrible. My sexual preference is vanilla but I’m described as a sex monster.”
And especially so after the incident with the guy in the park.
“Yes, if you’re gay you’re supposed to be a eunuch. Or you will be seen as a predator in today’s society”
“I’m sorry, but I’m gay and I like sex. If that means they’ll call me a predator, I still won’t change who I am.”
- George Michael Interview with Capital FM Radio with Dr. Fox (Dec 1998)
- BBC Hardtalk Interview with George Michael (2003)
- George Michael: The Long Goodbye (US Weekly, 1991)
- George Michael’s Interview with the Gay Magazine ‘The Advocate’ (1999)
- George Michael’s Oprah Winfrey Show Interview (2004)