George Michael Postpones Tour

British pop singer George Michael confirmed rumors that he has

delayed his 1999 world tour, breaking the news to fans through a posting on

his official website (www.agean.net). "The tour has been postponed, and we

were not given time or the

opportunity to tell the fans first," the former leader of the '80s pop act

Wham! explained, adding later that the reasons behind the

cancellation are "more complex" than those reported in a British tabloid

last month. Michael, who was arrested for engaging in a lewd act in a

Beverly Hills, Calif., park restroom last spring, asked for his fans'

forgiveness

for breaking a promise and added that he had finished recording three new

songs for his upcoming greatest-hits album, due to be released Nov. 10.