The Guardian published a question-and-answer interview with George Michael by Rosanna Greenstreet on September 14, 2014.
George Michael, 51, grew up in London and in the early 1980s formed the band Wham! with Andrew Ridgeley and had hits such as Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go in the early eighties. In 1986, they split up and he went on to become a hugely successful solo artist. , in spite of several run-ins with the law and battles with ill health. On 18 August, he releases his new single Feeling Good, and Symphonica, his recent number one album, will have a limited-edition release on vinyl.
When were you happiest?
When I’m in love.
What is your greatest fear?
Losing my ability to create music.
What is your earliest memory?
Being at home with my mother when my sisters had gone to school.
Which living person do you most admire, and why?
Anybody who fights for human rights or to make this world a better place. Nurses, doctors, teachers: these are the people who deserve the credit these days.
What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
I don’t really have any traits that I deplore. I get annoyed with myself sometimes, but that’s about it.
What is the trait you most deplore in others?
People who gain from other people’s misfortune.
Property aside, what’s the most expensive thing you’ve bought?
A piece of art.
What is your most treasured possession?
My gift to create and sing.
Who would play you in the film of your life?
Well, Robbie [Williams] has already played me and Tom Hardy is playing Elton, so how about Paul Newman?
What is your favourite word?
What is your favourite book?
That’s an impossible question to answer.
What is your guiltiest pleasure?
Sunday morning – loads of episodes of Corrie to watch.
What do you owe your parents?
I owe my mother who I am, and my father my drive.
What does love feel like?
Like nothing else.
Have you ever said ‘I love you’ and not meant it?
Who would you invite to your dream dinner party?
God, I could be really twisted here. You really don’t want to know.
What is the worst job you’ve done?
Working as a labourer for one of my dad’s friends in the school holidays. I got the sack after just one day.
If you could edit your past, what would you change?
I should have sung with David Gilmour at Carnegie Hall because I’m a massive fan of Pink Floyd.
If you could go back in time, where would you go?
To 1981, when it all started to happen. Exciting times – what a ride!
How do you relax?
Friends, restaurants, music, cinema, and walking my dogs.
How often do you have sex?
Wouldn’t you like to know?
What is the closest you’ve come to death?
Pneumonia during my Symphonica tour in Vienna.
What keeps you awake at night?
My dogs demanding my undivided attention.
What is the most important lesson life has taught you?
To be honest with yourself.
Tell us a joke
Tell us a secret
The Smiths are reforming.
- In His Own Words: George Michael and His Mother
- George Michael’s Interview with the Gay Magazine ‘The Advocate’ (1999)
- An Audience with George Michael: Interview with Chris Evans (1996)
- George Michael Interview on Q Magazine (December 1998)
- George Michael Interview on Parkinson Show 1998 (Part 2)