Published On: Fri, Oct 4th, 2019

George Michael’s death threatened to overshadow legacy says Wham star Andrew Ridgeley | Music | Entertainment

George Michael tragically died on Christmas Day three years ago, leaving behind an incredible music legacy. However, his Wham! co-star Andrew Ridgeley has now spoken out on how it was almost overshadowed by the negativity surrounding his death. The 56-year-old appears on The Graham Norton Show tonight, where he talks bout his new book, Wham! George And Me. On the late star, he said: “It seemed there was negativity after his death that threatened to overshadow his legacy.”

Andrew continued: “So I wanted to shift the perspective back on to the glory days and what was vibrant and exuberant about George’s life.”

Asked if he felt short-changed by Wham’s short tenure in the 1980s, he said: “No. It all happened so quickly, and the success took us by surprise, but it had a finite lifespan.”

While on George’s solo success, Andrew added: “I was never jealous of my best friend, but I was envious of his talent.

“I had achieved my ambition of being in a band and playing live and I wanted him to go on and realise his talent as much as he did.”

And on George’s legacy, he said, “Personally, it’s our friendship – it will

endure, it is eternal.

“For everyone else, he was an exceptional vocalist and songwriter. He was brilliant.”


He added: “It now seems as if we may never know what really happened.” 

“When someone dies alone, perhaps there are always answers that remain out of reach.

“It still feels uncomfortable, though.”

Andrew Ridgely appears on tonight’s Graham Norton show at 10:35pm.

Wham! George & Me by Andrew Ridgeley is out now.

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