Well did you catch the news this week that poor old George Michael has been struck down with another mystery illness? No it’s not a disturbing tendency to look increasing like Roy Keane. It seems that not one but two ambulance crews were called to his home after a ‘worried friend’ called the emergency services about George’s condition. They administered medical care for 4 hours before taking poorly George to hospital for emergency treatment, according to a spokesman for the ambulance service. Blimey he must have been a right old condition but fear not GM fans because his publicist, who’s clearly a medical expert as authoritative as that nice Mr Clifford, said he’d only been admitted for ‘routine tests’. So that’s alright then. Phew eh.
I can’t help thinking that gorgeous George is very unlucky with his health issues. It’s only a year since he was airlifted to hospital for emergency treatment again after accidentally falling out of his Range Rover, with the highest safety ratings on its locking systems, travelling at speed on the M1. He suffered head injuries but recovered well thankfully. But what a strange accident eh – I’m shocked he didn’t sue the car company for gazillions for the fault but I guess he was being generous following his tremendous recovery.
Just 18 months earlier the illness-prone singer had been close to death after being struck down with pneumonia in Vienna, but he fought back to perform again at the London Olympics closing ceremony where he sang a number of songs whilst appearing to be, well, slightly intoxicated. Surely not, but I couldn’t help but think back to September 2010 when the Careless Whisper singer received an eight-week prison sentence following an incident the previous July in which he carelessly crashed his Range Rover into a Snappy Snaps shop in north London at 3am. Oh dear. It wasn’t a photoshop set up it seems (see what I did there?) and this led to some wag scrawling the words ‘Wham!’ and ‘by George’ on the damaged shop front later that morning which caused some smiles in this household.
But what could have caused it – tiredness, inattention, distraction? Well I was shocked to read that George received a five-year driving ban after he pleaded guilty to driving under the influence of drugs and possessing cannabis. Wow. He told the judge he was cutting down from nearly 30 spliffs a day to around 7 or 8. Well that’s a lot healthier especially as he had earlier been banned from driving for two years and sentenced to 100 hours of community service in 2006 when he was convicted of driving while unfit through drugs after he was found collapsed in his Mercedes.
Now I don’t know for sure what’s causing all these issues but it occurs to me there is a potentially dangerous trend developing in George’s life which his publicists and advisors seem to gloss over. Quite frankly I think he’s developed some dangerous addictions and should lay off the stuff that’s resulting in these misadventures and health scares. His spokesman won’t admit it but I think it’s time he got serious help with his demons and got himself weened off 4x4s. It’s clear he can’t handle them and if he continues to indulge his hunger for them he’ll end up with Janis, Jonesy, Jim and Jimi as a member of the eX5 band.