21 Facts You Didn’t Know About George Michael

Number Twenty-One: Christmas Is His Favorite Holiday

What do you think of when you hear “George Michael”? Tight jeans and a goatee? Though George Michael may have peaked in the 1980s, his legacy remains relevant even today. Michael has lived much of his life in the public eye; however, there are still some things that many people do not know about him.

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Number Twenty: He Destroyed The British Charts

George Michael is one of the few artists to have a song on both the #1 and #2 spots in the Christmas Singles charts – when “Do They Know It’s Christmas” from Band Aid was #1 and “Last Christmas” from Wham was #2 way back in 1984.

Number Nineteen: His First Solo Album Was A Huge Success

George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley – aka Wham – had four #1 hits in the British singles chart – “Wake me up before you go go”, “Freedom”, “I’m your man” and “The Edge of Heaven”.

Number Eighteen: Wrote His First Hit Song When He Was 17

Faith – his debut solo album released in 1987 sold over 20 million copies.

Number Seventeen: He’s A Huge Beatles Fan

The timeless classic “Careless Whisper” was his first solo single when he was 21 years old, although he actually wrote it in an afternoon when he was just 17 years old.

Number Seventeen: He Performed on 'Solid Gold'

A massive Beatles fan, George Michael bought the Steinway Model Z upright piano used by John Lennon for an incredible £1.67 million and sent it to the Beatles Story museum in Liverpool in 2000.

George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley of Wham!

Number Sixteen: He Was A Fan Of The Late Princess Diana

perform on TV show Solid Gold in 1982 in the pop duo’s first American television appearance.

Number Fifteen: George Michael Has Two Grammy Awards

Princess Diana talks to George Michael (second right) as Mick Hucknall looks on ahead of a concert at London’s Wembley Arena to mark World Aids Day on 1 December 1993.

George Michael has received two Grammy Awards over the years.

Number Fourteen: He Has Been Arrested Five Times

He earned his first one in 1987 for Best R&B Performance, and he got his second one in 1988 for Album of the Year (for Faith).

Michael has been arrested five times!

Number Thirteen: He Was Sued Over a Music Video

He was arrested four times for possession of marijuana, and one last time he was arrested for public indecency.

Policeman Marcelo Rodriguez attempted to sue Michael for $10 million after Michael released his music video for “Outside.” The video was released in 1999, and Rodriguez was suing because he felt he was being portrayed in an unfavorable light.

Number Twelve: He Claimed to Smoke 25 Spliffs a Day

However, he was not successfully able to sue Michael.

In a 2009 interview with The Guardian, Michael claimed that he smoked 25 marijuana cigarettes, or spliffs, in a single day.

Number Eleven: He Won 32,000 Pounds on a Game Show

That’s a lot of weed.

Michael was on the show Who Wants to Be A Millionaire in 2003, and he was playing with partner Ronan Keating.

Number Ten: He Served Community Service

Together, the duo won 32,000 pounds and donated all of it to charity.

Michael was forced to serve 80 hours of community service after being charged with a public sex act in 1998. And that’s not the only community service he did!

Number Nine: He Was Paid to Play for Vladimir Putin

He had to perform 100 more hours in 2007 for driving under the influence.

You might know that Putin has some ridiculous antics up his sleeve, but have you heard about this?

Number Eight: He Was Part of the First Western Pop Group to Tour in China

Putin allegedly paid 1.6 million pounds to have Michael play for him and 300 of his guests on New Year’s Eve of 2006.

In 1985, Wham!, to which Michael belonged, toured in China, and they were the first Western pop group to do so. There was even a film made documenting the tour called Foreign Skies: Wham!

Number Seven: He Is Left-Handed

In China.

It’s true!

Number Six: George Michael Has Given His Voice as a Gift

Michael is part of the 10 percent of the population that is left-handed.

Michael is clearly gifted, but he’s also quite giving around the holidays.

Number Five: He Has Survived a Fall Out of a Moving Car

As a wedding gift for Prince William and Kate Middleton, Michael covered Stevie Wonder’s “You and I.” The version Michael performed was released in 2011.

While in a car going down England’s M1 motorway, Michael somehow fell out of it while it was moving. He was promptly airlifted to the hospital and survived the accident.

Number Four: He Has a Crush on Justin Timberlake

Well, sort of.

Number Three: Some Radio Stations Still Refuse to Play “I Want Your Sex”

Michael allegedly admitted that he invited Justin Timberlake to join him in recreating the iconic Madonna/Britney kiss. However, he reportedly said that Timberlake has yet to call him back.

It’s true!

Number Two: He Is a Cancer

Despite the status of the song being iconic, some stations still refused to play it because of its blatantly sexually explicit content.

Astrologically speaking, of course.

Michael’s sign in the Chinese horoscope is a rabbit.