On the question what kept George Michael from coming out, read his answer from his Interview with the Gay Magazine ‘The Advocate’ (1999)
God, yes! What I’ve realized in this whole last six months is just how much energy I was giving them. Recently there were loads of pictures all over the papers just because someone spotted me holding hands with Kenny. When I’m out with Kenny, I’ve very physical with him. When I was with my last boyfriend–the one that really started my gay life, as it were–I didn’t hide. We traveled together; we shared bedrooms; we never hid. I just knew one day the press was going to go for it. I never thought it would happen this way. But I thought, When it happens, it happens, I’m not going to give it to them. I’m not going and doing a special interview.
Like this one?
[Laughing] Yes, well then, here we are. But what I realize is that I actually allowed people to think I was miserable, closeted, and that was why I was reclusive–as opposed to being sick of the way these people write about me. I let people think, He feels this is something to hide. I let people think the issue was my sexuality, not my privacy. And the interesting thing is that the moment there was no privacy, I realized that that’s all the issue was. Not one part of me has any problem with people knowing I’m gay.
- George Michael’s Interview with the Gay Magazine ‘The Advocate’ (1999)
- George Michael’s Oprah Winfrey Show Interview (2004)
- George Michael Interview with Capital FM Radio with Dr. Fox (Dec 1998)
- An Audience with George Michael: Interview with Chris Evans (1996)
- George Michael on Beating Drugs, Depression and His Outing in LA (GQ Magazine, 2004)