"George Michael has fled the country following his arrest for possessing crack cocaine and marijuana in a public toilet.
The pop star, 45, left his 5million London mansion with partner Kenny Goss and six large suitcases and holdalls last night.
He has been in hiding since his arrest on Friday for possession of Class A and C drugs, which followed a tip-off from a lavatory attendant near Hampstead Heath.
Police decided to take no further action after he 'showed remorse' and said it would ruin his career and stop him touring in the US.
Michael played the final date of a two-year tour at Earls Court last month and is not due to play again until an Aids benefit with Dita Von Teese in Texas next month.
Now he has decided to take time out after 'screwing up again' and promised to 'sort myself out', leaving last night without speaking to waiting media outside. Michael's publicist said: 'We don't know where he's going.'
An onlooker said: 'They looked like they were going away for some time with the amount of luggage they had. They checked all the locks and made sure the lights were switched off too, all the things you do before you go abroad.'
The couple were driven in a BMW to a private airfield at Luton Airport run by Harrods.
Harrods Aviation's terminal gives the ultimate discreet exit to those needing to avoid cameras. Celebrities are offered executive helicopters and planes, such as Learjets, plus low-key passport control and customs.
Michael's arrest on Friday came nearly two years after he was found slumped over the wheel of his car, when blood tests found anti-depressants, cannabis and the illegal dance drug GHB. In May last year he pleaded guilty to driving while unfit through drugs and was banned from driving for two years.
Michael spoke openly about his drug use on BBC Radio 4's Desert Island Discs and on the South Bank Show was openly smoking cannabis. He has said he wanted a 'quieter life', adding: 'I'm an old man, I really need a sit down.' "