George Michael recovering from pneumonia and 'getting better and better'
George Michael is recovering in Vienna after being hospitalized for pneumonia on November 21. An announcement featured on the singer's official website revealed the news on November 25 that the singer was battling the illness and that he would have to postpone the remaining dates on his tour.
"It's with great sadness that GeorgeMichael.com must announce the postponement of the remaining dates on the Symphonica tour due to George's on-going battle with pneumonia," the statement read. "While George is receiving excellent medical care and is responding to treatment and slowly improving, to ensure his complete well-being, George's doctors have advised that he cannot perform the rest of his Symphonica tour and that he instead takes a full and complete rest."
The dates have not been rescheduled as of November 29. Meanwhile, ABC News reports that a source close to the singer says Michael is "getting better and better."
The singer's spokesperson denied rumors the Michael's illness was worse than originally reported. "Any other speculation regarding his illness is unfounded and untrue," the spokesperson told the news organization. "He is receiving excellent medical care. He is responding to treatment and slowly improving."
In August the Michael made headlines when he talked about his break up from boyfriend Kenny Goss on stage at a show in Prague, Czech Republic.
Michael told the crowd he had not been with Goss in over two years because of Goss' substance abuse issues. The two began dating in the mid-1990s. Goss is a Texas businessman.
The singer has had a long and publicized battle with his own substance abuse issues for nearly twenty years. In 2010 he pleaded guilty to a DUI and pot possession charge in London and was fined about $1,944 and given a five-year driving ban.
Michael was also arrested twice in 2006 and charged with possession of marijuana after police twice found him slumped over the wheel and passed out in his car on public roads. Michael had said at the time he was once addicted to prescription drugs and that he smokes marijuana regularly, adding it "keeps me sane and happy."
He was banned from driving for two years in 2007 and sentenced to 100 hours of community service after admitting to driving while unfit, due to the influence of drugs, after he crashed into three parked cars and drove off without notifying the owners.
In 2008, Michael was arrested in a public bathroom for possession of drugs, thought to include crack cocaine, and given a warning.
The singer's most known arrest came in 1998, when he was detained outside a public bathroom in Beverly Hills, California and charged with "engaging in a lewd act." He pleaded no contest and performed 80 hours of community service.
Michael hit it big with his 1987 "Faith" album which featured hit songs like "I Want Your Sex," "Father Figure" and the title hit "Faith."
Correction: In the November 29 story above, OnTheRedCarpet.com erroneously cited Michael's former boyfriend as Kenny Gross. His correct name is Kenny Goss. This version of the article has been updated to reflect the correction.