British pop star George Michael revealed to the world that he is gay Friday night during a CNN interview. It was the 34-year-old singer's first interview since his arrest Tuesday (April 7) for allegedly engaging in a lewd act in a
Beverly Hills park restroom.
"I feel stupid and reckless and weak for
letting my sexuality be exposed that way," Michael told CNN. "But I do not feel shame [about my
sexuality], neither do I think I should."
"I can try to fathom why I did what I did," he continued, "but at the end of the day, I have
to admit that maybe part of the kick was that I might get found out."
Dressed in a black suit, Michael spoke candidly about his emotions since his
arrest, saying that he feels "humiliated," yet admitted that the incident was
not the first time he's "done something like that."
"I put myself in an
extremely stupid and vulnerable position, especially because I'm in a
privileged position, and I can't deny that," he said. "I can only apologize."
The platinum-selling singer also told the cable network that he hopes he has
not embarrassed his fans.
Michael said he is currently in a relationship with a man, and that he
has not been in a relationship with a woman in 10 years. The singer
stressed that he always has been honest about his sexuality in his music. "I
want people to know that the songs I wrote back then about women are about
women -- there was no bullshit there -- while the songs I've written recently
have been fairly obviously about men," he said.
Michael was alone when he was arrested at Will Rogers Park late Tuesday
afternoon by an undercover officer with the Beverly Hills Police Department.
He was booked for investigation of misdemeanor lewd conduct and released after
posting $500 bail. He will be arraigned May 5.
Michael's musical career began as a teen-ager in the early '80s as half of
the pop duo Wham!, which broke up in 1986. He launched his hugely successful
solo career in 1987 with the album </>Faith,</> which included such hits as "I
Want Your Sex" and "Father Figure" and sold 7 million copies. After his second
solo album, </>Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1,</> saw a significant drop in
sales, selling a million copies, Michael bagged the album's sequel and engaged
in a legal battle with his former label, Sony, stating that he would never
record again if he lost. Though he did lose, he later negotiated his way out
and recorded his most recent album, 1996's </>Older,</> for DreamWorks.