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George responds to jail rumours

By | Published on Monday 4 October 2010

George Michael has published an open letter regarding all the rumours that have surrounded his short stay at her majesty’s pleasure. The singer is currently in jail, of course, after being handed an eight week sentence in relation to his druggy driving, and the incident back in July when he drove his car into a branch of Snappy Snaps.

There have been reports from the inside of both Pentonville Prison, where he was initially jailed, and the lower security Highpoint Prison where he was moved to, of a tearful Michael shunning other inmates and their Wham-song puns, able to steer clear from other prisoners because of preferential treatment from jail bosses.

But in his letter Michael basically says “bollocks” to all that chat. He writes: “Much as I would prefer to rise above the usual rubbish that I’m reading day after day about my time here in prison, I think it’s only fair to my fans, family and friends to respond in some way even though I will be home soon. So please believe me when I tell you that in the last three weeks, there have been no tears, no anxiety, no bullying – in fact, not so much as a sleepless night for me”.

He continues: “On the contrary, I’ve been treated with kindness by fellow inmates and prison staff alike and, as far as I can tell, have received no special treatment of any kind whatsoever, unless, of course, some of the guys here are letting me win at the pool table. Most of my days have been spent reading thousands of letters and post cards of incredible support from people around the world. I promise to repay their kindness with new music as soon as I possibly can”.

Although Michael was handed an eight week sentence, only the first four weeks of that was due to be served behind bars, meaning the singer could be released later this month.