He described to The Telegraph what had happened: “We were supposed to be going for Christmas lunch.

I went round there to wake him up and he was just gone, lying peacefully in bed. Everything had been very complicated recently, but George was looking forward to Christmas, and so was I. I want people to remember him the way he was – he was a beautiful person.” George Michael will definitely forever be remembered as one of the biggest pop icons of all time, but we must not forget that he was also a very generous and loving person who selflessly gave himself to his loved ones and the legion of his fans.

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Pop superstar George Michael is still attracted to women, despite being openly gay.

The FAITH hitmaker was forced to admit his homosexuality in 1997 after being arrested after propositioning an undercover policeman in a Los Angeles park.

It took George Michael 29 years to tell his parents he was gay.

In one of the most honest interviews George Michael had ever given, he told the Mirror how his mother feared he had inherited the gay gene from her brother who was an open homosexual and had committed suicide: “My mother had this fear of me being gay,” explained George.

During this time he also slept with men as he entertained the idea that he might be bisexual.

“Basically, I had three girlfriends and all through that time I cruised as well,” he admitted.

But Michael insists he still has straight urges: "When I walk into a restaurant I check out the women before the men, they're more glamorous.

It is with great sadness that we can confirm our beloved son, brother and friend George passed away peacefully at home over the Christmas period.

“I wrote them a four-page letter which was the easiest thing I’ve ever written considering it was the only unresolved issue – to come out to my parents,” said George.

Before he met Feleppa, Michael openly dated three women, including Brooke Shields, model Pat Fernandes and makeup artist Kathy Jeung.

“It only really used to happen when I was beating myself up about something else.” Although his parents knew he was gay, the general public was still kept in the dark.