George Michael apologizes for being a poor role model
May 13th, 2011
12:55 PM ET

George Michael apologizes for being a poor role model

George Michael is back in the limelight thanks to his upcoming tour and a new album, but the singer admits that most of the attention he's gotten in recent years hasn't necessarily been so positive.

As a result, Michael believes that his ongoing brushes with the law have been hurtful to his fans and the gay community.

"I have a serious problem with the fact that every time I made a mistake and every time I let myself down that I was letting young gay kids down," he told reporters in England, according to the Daily Mail. "'Because they would then witness the homophobia that was thrown [at] me and the language that we use in this country."

The performer continued, "There are things I want to do with my next album to make up for the damage that I have inadvertently caused by making myself so newsworthy and putting myself on the back foot enough that I couldn’t defend gay children from some of that language."

Michael's legal troubles extend as far back as 1998, when he was arrested for "engaging in a lewd act" in a public restroom in California, and that incident was followed by a string of other run-ins with the law. Last year, he crashed his Range Rover into a north London shop and served an eight-week prison sentence for driving under the influence of drugs.

Throughout it all, Michael's fans stood by him, and that's exactly why he has decided to make new music and launch a new tour.

"I’m not surprised that my fans have stuck by me. I have been surprised by the amount of support I’ve had in some ways, but my fans have always been incredibly loyal," he says. "In terms of trying to stay on the straight and narrow as it were, then there is nothing better than the work you love."

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  1. Mike H.

    Driving under the influence has nothing to do with being gay. It has to do with one's sense of responsibility toward other people.

    May 17, 2011 at 4:24 am | Report abuse |
  2. Eaton Butts

    Georges daddy was the first to WHAM his butthole.

    May 16, 2011 at 8:29 am | Report abuse |
  3. Jane

    Old but stupid.

    May 16, 2011 at 4:22 am | Report abuse |
  4. Superhiro

    I am gay wad too!!Lets hook up over the phone!!Call me at 804-222-3226 and ask for Natalie Doss.But please dont make fun of my name.I know its girly but its HOT.FYI I live with my mommy.She is a purty lady.

    May 15, 2011 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Lloyd Christmas


    May 15, 2011 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Lloyd Christmas


    May 15, 2011 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
  7. nina786

    hmmmm...apologize for what ?..

    May 15, 2011 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
  8. BayAreaBabe

    LMFAO @ ling cho!

    May 14, 2011 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Rosie O'fat

    It makes me feel so proud that he can be true to himself and his fans.

    May 14, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Gay wad

    I bet he's given Superhiro several lessons of pole smokin and fudge packing.

    May 14, 2011 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Gay wad


    May 14, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Lloyd Christmas

    FYI ya’ll Vee is the same person as Sunshine Girl, B lo me, twisted, head diva in charge, Yo!!, I am batman, Superhiro and a few others yet to be exposed… careful out there

    May 14, 2011 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
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    May 14, 2011 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Sunshine Girl *

    George as been outed for yrs now so thats nothing new. Everyone makes mistakes. Im sure his fans understand that with as loyal as his fan base is. I dont see him having to apologize for anything except maybe that old song of his that goes 'Wake me up before you go go'....LOL

    May 14, 2011 at 1:46 am | Report abuse |
  15. Yo!


    May 13, 2011 at 11:27 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Hulk Smash

    he needs to apologize for Wham! and for being such a poof!

    May 13, 2011 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse |
  17. MPLArms

    Upcoming tour?
    Of what?
    Men's rooms in different city's?

    May 13, 2011 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Andrew Ridgely

    George Michael is a waste of a penis. I'd be willing to bet though that he doesn't wasted many penises though.

    May 13, 2011 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Evilqueen620

    You're all a bunch of losers. George Michael is amazing, gay or not. I can't wait for his new album.

    And I'm shocked that any of you didn't already know he is gay. So what if he's gay. It's his life and he can chose it.

    May 13, 2011 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Uncle Santa

    yeah. normal people are not gay. we are normal.

    May 13, 2011 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  21. jaceev

    Well, this is too bad because I was really looking forward to seeing her run down the street with dooodie falling out of her wonder woman diapers.

    May 13, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Fran

    First of all Celebrities are not supposed to be Role models for kids their parents should be their role models too bad a lot of them fall so short so I see no need for him to apologize to anyone. 2nd-Ffunny how all you men clicked on this afticle knowing very well he is Gay so you must have some reason for being here in the frist place. You all make these comments when secretly you know you want him! What a bunch of sad closet cases you are! Live and let live or shut up!

    May 13, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gay Flamer

      Fran. Im a gay flaming queen and am betting your "greasy Pole" is bigger than most. Pull up that skirt, ram it in me and plunder my muddHole for buried treasure.

      May 13, 2011 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  23. kurt

    Oh yes I love dooodie in my mouth from man poker hole

    May 13, 2011 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Urinal Mintz

    George is doing a tour/cd as he is bankrupt or close to it probably from paying off all the parents of those young boys with whom he "assoicated."

    May 13, 2011 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Glori Hole

    Agreed. He is far from any sort of role model.

    May 13, 2011 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Jaycool

    Lame. You need not apologize. Role model? To whom?

    May 13, 2011 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  27. snow white

    Poor Georgie – we still love you. Don't let the media rain on your parade. You still got it!

    May 13, 2011 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Rod Stewart

    "Georgie boy was gay I guess
    Nothin more, nothin less
    The gayest guy I eva knew..."

    May 13, 2011 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  29. eunis

    This George Michael fellow guzzles gooberGravy by the quart.

    May 13, 2011 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Superhiro

    Lol yea what's up with the public bathroom thing? Very Larry Craig.

    May 13, 2011 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Ling Cho

    Amerikin always order poopoo platter. Bery Bery GAY.

    May 13, 2011 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  32. amy

    I bet he could win the Nathan Weenie Sucking Contest.

    May 13, 2011 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Evel Knievel

    I have never understood the ghey fascination with public bathroom encounters. What's up with that?

    May 13, 2011 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Bemused

    Glad everyone here has never committed a misdeed or made a mistake. I thought for a second that it would be more skewed moralizing and high-handed judgement from a group of hypocritical morons empowered by their anonymity like every other comment forum on the internet. Whew, that was close!

    May 13, 2011 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  35. R

    Lee Low and friends what rock did you crawl out from under? It is 2011, it is okay to be gay. Not to mention 'Praying for Time' is one of the best songs ever.

    May 13, 2011 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  36. anna

    He is what I call an oxygen bandit, in other words he is taking up oxygen that someone more worthy could be using it!!!

    What a disgusting individual.

    May 13, 2011 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  37. LEE LOW

    WOOOOW ! I just read the article ! He really is gay ! Gross Dude ! That is just sick !

    May 13, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jodey

      OMG! Yes, gay people really do exist! They're everywhere! You may want to accept that, or you are in for a lifetime of frustration.

      May 13, 2011 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |

      Understand this. Just because the media and entertainment world are full of alternative lifestyle cretins, doesn't make it right or acceptable. You're sadly mistaken if you think the majority of people in this world accept them, or you, for that matter. It's time you figured that out and crawled back into your closet.

      May 13, 2011 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  38. LEE LOW

    I thought he was appologizing for being so gay.

    May 13, 2011 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |

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