‘He would hate to ruin our Christmas’ George Michael’s pal remembers late star 5 years on

Martin and Shirlie Kemp pay tribute to George Michael

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George Michael’s friends, Spandau Ballet’s Martin Kemp and his Wham! dancer star wife Shirlie, have paid tribute to the late singer on Christmas Day. The couple opened up about George’s death as they stressed that the late star would not want to ruin their Christmas.

Speaking on Good Morning Britain, Shirlie said: “I think of him every day and that’s the truth.

“There’s not often a day that goes by that those people we’ve lost and loved aren’t in my thoughts.”

Shirlie continued: “I thank him really because he gave me some of the best Christmases I’ve ever had and I’m so grateful for that.

“Because he just knew how to create magic and always invited us all round his house and it was always beautiful.”

Martin added that all of George’s friendship circle enjoyed spending Christmas with him.

He said: “But it wasn’t just us, was it?

“It was all our friends that he made Christmas really special for.

“It’s [not] been long enough now to forget the horrible part of him passing.

“But it’s long enough now to remember the good parts.”

However, Shirlie pointed out that George would not want them to be sad about his death over the festive holidays.

She explained: “But I know that he would want us to have a great Christmas, so I always try extra hard not to be sad.

“Just to think he would hate to ruin our Christmas.”

Today marks the fifth anniversary of George’s death.

The Careless Whisper hitmaker passed away at his home aged 53.

His untimely death has been attributed to dilated cardiomyopathy with myocarditis and a fatty liver.

In 2019, George’s former Wham! musical partner Andrew Ridgeley admitted he still had a “number of questions” about his friend’s death.

In his autobiography, ‘George and Me’, he wrote: “He seemed to be in good health and there are conflicting reports surrounding that night that preceded his passing.

“That the circumstances of his death seemed unclear only compounded the distress. Without any real closure the grieving seemed terribly raw.

“A heart condition was eventually recorded as the cause of death, but there are still a number of questions.

“It now seems as if we may never know what really happened.”

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