Quarta-feira, 3 de Outubro de 2007
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"In a revealing interview, the singer says he stayed in the closet to protect his mother from worrying about Aids

 

"The pop singer George Michael reveals today how years of hiding his homosexuality from the public took a deep psychological toll – but he did it so his mother wouldn't have to worry about Aids.

Speaking on Radio 4's Desert Island Discs, the songwriter, who has sold more than 100 million records and is the most played artist on British radio, gives an unusually candid interview, during which he discusses drug-taking, his sexuality, the price of fame and the death of his first lover.

Michael, the son of Cypriot immigrants, who has always had a difficult relationship with the press and has been guarded about his personal life, admits to presenter Kirsty Young that he is "ridiculously ready to say these things now".

He adds that hiding his sexuality made him feel "fraudulent", and his eventual outing, when he was arrested for soliciting sex in a public toilet in Los Angeles in 1998, was a subconsciously deliberate act.

"What people have to acknowledge... is that there's a level of honesty that's natural to me [and] that I'm uncomfortable with anything else," he says. "So firstly, understand how much I love my family and that Aids was the predominant feature of being gay in the 1980s and early 90s as far as any parent was concerned... My mother was still alive and every single day would have been a nightmare for her thinking what I might have been subjected to.

"I'd been out to a lot of people since 19. I wish to God it had happened then. I don't think I would have the same career – my ego might not have been satisfied in some areas – but I think I would have been a happier man."

He adds that he came out to some people, including one of his two sisters, when he was 19, but friends advised him not to tell his parents.

"Then Aids changed everything. I was too immature to know I was sacrificing as much as I was," he says.

He also talks about his community service following his recent conviction for driving while under the influence of sleeping pills, which has seen him work with mentally ill and homeless people. And he discusses the deep depression he suffered when his lover, Anselmo Feleppa, and his mother died within a few years of each other, his partner from an Aids-related illness.

His mother, Lesley, died in 1997 and his lover in 1993.

Michael also talks about his early career, claiming that a bang on the head when he was eight led to an obsession with music. He adds that he "resents" the success of his career which "never seems to suffer".

"I never had any feeling that my talent was going to let me down. [My career] never seems to suffer. I suffer around it – bereavement, public humiliations – but my career just seems to right itself like a duck in the bath."

Michael explains that when he had his first hit with Andrew Ridgeley as Wham! at the age of 18, it was wonderful for a time, but the experience of fame quickly soured.

"For a while it was just magical," he says. "With your best mate, playing out your fantasies. It was just a dream. I was supremely confident I was writing pop classics but I was also supremely aware that if I left the imagery a little bit more to Andrew, kids loved it. Then we were massively successful and I went from being Andrew's shadow as a sexually confident being to being the centre of attention. At that level I lost all my confidence. I suddenly felt like a fake, so the whole thing turned me into somebody who felt the camera was my enemy."

Among his musical selections are Amy Winehouse, Nirvana and Rufus Wainwright. Of Wainwright's "Going to a Town", he says: "It really lays into the Bush administration, talking about America soaking the body of Jesus Christ in blood. Fantastic lyrics.""

 

By Andrew Johnson Published: 30 September 2007

 

in http://news.independent.co.uk/uk/this_britain/article3013124.ece



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Segunda-feira, 1 de Outubro de 2007
O fumo da maconha

George Michael diz que tenta fumar menos maconha

 

O cantor pop britânico George Michael admitiu que pode "ter um problema" em relação ao seu uso de maconha e que está "constantemente tentando" fumar menos cigarros feitos com a droga.

 

"Eu gostaria de fumar menos, não há dúvida", disse o artista em uma entrevista à Radio-4 da BBC transmitida neste domingo. "Até certo ponto, isso é um problema." Mas Michael acrescentou que não acredita que o hábito esteja atrapalhando a vida dele de forma alguma.

Anteriormente, o cantor havia dito que o mundo seria "um lugar mais fácil de se viver" se o uso de maconha fosse legalizado.

 

Em junho, Michael foi condenado a cem horas de serviço comunitário e teve a carteira de motorista suspensa por dois anos depois de admitir que estava ao volante sem estar apto para dirigir.

 

George Michael atribuiu seu estado a "cansaço e medicamentos". Na entrevista, ele também pediu aos ouvintes apoio à cantora britânica Amy Winehouse, que George Michael qualificou como "a melhor vocalista" que já ouviu.

 

Ele escolheu uma música de Whinehouse para ser tocada no programa em que deu a entrevista, dizendo que a cantora é ainda "uma das melhores letristas" que ele já encontrou.

Winehouse também tem problemas com o uso de drogas, de acordo com notícias divulgadas pela imprensa britânica. "Tudo o que eu posso dizer é, por favor, por favor, entenda o quão brilhante você é", afirmou ele, numa mensagem à cantora. "Ela tem um talento fantástico e nós deveríamos apoiá-la."

 

Falando da infância, George Michael revelou que acredita que só se tornou um artista pop porque recebeu uma pancada na cabeça.

 

"Quando eu tinha uns oito anos de idade eu tive um ferimento na cabeça e, eu acho que isso soa bizarro e improvável, mas foi uma pancada bem forte", afirmou. "Eu tomei pontos e tal, mas todos os meus interesses mudaram, tudo mudou em seis meses."

 

Se antes ele tinha um fascínio por insetos, "de repente, tudo o que eu queria saber era de música, parecia uma coisa muito, muito estranha."

 

"E eu tenho uma teoria de que talvez tivesse alguma coisa a ver com este acidente, esta coisa de lado direito e lado esquerdo do cérebro." "Ninguém na minha família parecia notar", disse o cantor britânico.

 

George Michael é um dos artistas mais bem-sucedidos da Grã-Bretanha - já vendeu mais de 85 milhões de discos em todo o mundo. Entre seus sucessos está "Careless Whisper". "

 

 "30/09/2007 -

in http://www1.folha.uol.com.br/folha/bbc/ult272u332648.shtml



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