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’ “I went home to my family for Christmas and sat at the Christmas table not knowing whether this man I was in love with was terminally ill and therefore not knowing whether I was, potentially, terminally ill.” Tragically Anselmo died aged 36 of an Aids-related illness in 1993.
A devastated George targeted his anger at his record label Sony, taking them to court in 1994.
GEORGE Michael dismisses his entire life as “a waste of time” and admits he never recovered from the death of his first love in heartbreaking scenes from his new documentary.
The tragic star, who produced the show himself, was putting the final touches to Freedom just 48 hours before his shock death last Christmas.
George says: “I went with full gusto into creating a new character, one I thought would be resonant enough to stand up there next to Madonna and Michael Jackson and Prince.
I was looking for happiness but this was the wrong road.” He told his record label, Sony, he wanted to withdraw from promotion because his fame had taken him “to the edge of madness”.
In 1994, still heartbroken over Anselmo, George launched a landmark legal battle against the label in a bid to break free from it. He recalls: “I used to go and run and play squash and do everything I could to get rid of all this anger and fear. “I will never know if Sony and I would have ended up in court had Anselmo not become ill.
“There was the part of my personality that would say, ‘I’ve got to do something good with this time in my life.
A “spiritually crushed” George spiralled into a deep depression and struggled to make new music.He met Brazilian designer Anselmo in 1991 while performing at Brazil’s Rock in Rio festival.George recalls: “Anselmo was the first time I think I really loved someone selflessly. I felt immediately that everything had changed.” Crucially, Anselmo also helped George come to terms with being gay.He was my saviour.” Reclusive George produced the landmark documentary, which airs later this month on Channel 4, from his home in Highgate, North London, alongside best friend David Austin.The resulting doc, which close friend Kate Moss introduces and describes as “George Michael’s final work”, provides a captivating insight into a troubled star who battled his demons to the end.