the couple had planned to go out for lunch on Christmas. "I want people to remember him the way he was — he was a beautiful person."Michael began dating Texas-born art dealer Kenny Goss in 1996 and, according to Michael was an "extremely kind and generous man." In a statement, he said, "I'm heartbroken with the news that my dear friend and longtime love George Michael has passed.He was a major part of my life and I loved him very, very much."He added, "The beautiful memories and music he brought to the world will always be an important part of my life and those who also loved and admired him."According to he could never bring himself to tell his parents he was gay, nor did they ever met Michael: "It was this big pink elephant in the center of every holiday.star’s former boyfriend released a statement to Us Weekly that said, "I'm heartbroken with the news that my dear friend and long time love George Michael has passed." He continued, "He was a major part of my life and I loved him very, very much. The beautiful memories and music he brought to the world will always be an important part of my life and those who also loved and admired him."Goss currently runs the Dallas-based Goss-Michael Foundation, which the couple founded together in 2007.Michael began dating Goss in 1998 and they were together until 2011.On Sunday night, Bananarama's Sara Dallin tweeted her remembrance of Michael as well.Heartbroken at the loss of one of my oldest friends. Rest in Peace George, I'll miss you💔 pic.twitter.com/Hk Jpvap LKy— Sara Dallin (@Sara Bananarama) December 26, 2016He prefers recreational activities, including cycling, and is seen in public when working on causes such as clean water and the Dallaglio Foundation, a London-based organization which helps teenagers who aren’t in mainstream education get additional schooling, training or jobs through a program based on the values of rugby.He adds that hiding his sexuality made him feel "fraudulent", and his eventual outing, when he was arrested for soliciting sex in a public toilet in Los Angeles in 1998, was a subconsciously deliberate act. is that there's a level of honesty that's natural to me [and] that I'm uncomfortable with anything else," he says.
And he discusses the deep depression he suffered when his lover, Anselmo Feleppa, and his mother died within a few years of each other, his partner from an Aids-related illness.
‘He was a major part of my life and I loved him very, very much. ‘The beautiful memories and music he brought to the world will always be an important part of my life and those who also loved and admired him.’ Michael was found dead in his bed at home by boyfriend Fadi Fawaz, who he began dating after splitting from Goss.
Fawaz told the Daily Telegraph: ‘I went round there to wake him up and he was just gone, lying peacefully in bed. ‘Everything had been very complicated recently, but George was looking forward to Christmas, and so was I. I want people to remember him the way he was – he was a beautiful person.’ Thames Valley Police said in a statement that ‘the death is being treated as unexplained but not suspicious’ although his manager Michael Lippman claimed he died from heart failure.
"It's very hard to be proud of your sexuality when it hasn't given you any joy, but once you have found somebody you really love it's not so tough," Michael told the , the man Michael identified as his first love found out he was HIV positive six months into their relationship.
Feleppa died in the early 1990s, causing the singer to enter what he described as "a deep black hole" of depression before he began dating Goss.