Before his sudden death, music icon George Michael was tormented by the fear he may have given AIDS to his string of female lovers.
In a newly-resurfaced interview with GQ, the singer says he used to sleep with many women before meeting his first serious boyfriend, Anselmo Feleppa. As soon as Feleppa was diagnosed with AIDS, however, Michael stopped bedding females, fearing he would spread the killer virus.
“I used to sleep with women quite a lot in the Wham! Days but never felt it could develop into a relationship because I was a gay man,” says Michael in the interview. At one point, he even told reporters that he wished he’d slept with Madonna before fully immersing himself in the gay lifestyle.
“I decided I had to stop, which I did when I began to worry about AIDS. I didn’t want to sleep with a woman without telling her I was bisexual,” he continues.
As RadarOnline.com readers know, Kathy Yueng, one of the legend’s most famous girlfriends who also appeared in his video for “I Want Your Sex,” previously told reporters that she knew the singer was bisexual.
George’s revealing chat has recently resurfaced on online forums dedicated to the star, since fans realized he would have been 55 this June.
Michael and Feleppa had only been seeing each other for three months in 1991 when they were stunned by the Brazilian designer’s AIDS diagnosis.
His health crisis took a tragic turn in 1993, when he suffered from a died from a brain hemorrhage and died.
Feleppa’s sudden death sent Michael on a downward spiral that led him to drug abuse and depression. His despair was so deep that he was puffing up to 25 spliffs a day and could hardly leave his bed.
It took the singer three years to get over Feleppa’s passing and revive his dating life.
Michael stayed with his second boyfriend, Texan businessman Kenny Goss, until 2011, and revealed to reporters that his love is what kept him from taking his own life.
George Michael was found dead aged 53 on Christmas Day, 2016, inside his Oxfordshire home. He was survived by longtime partner Fadi Fawaz, a hairdresser who is now fighting for a slice of the singer’s estimated £105million estate.
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