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George Michael talks about breakup during concert performance

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08/23/2011 by Kristina Lopez

George Michael revealed he is now a single man.

The controversial singer took the stage on August 22, at the Prague State Opera in Prague, Czech Republic and announced his recent breakup from boyfriend Kenny Goss.

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, according to the Los Angeles Times. Goss is a Texas businessman.

"My battles with substances are well documented and my partner went through similar problems with drink," Michael said before singing the song "Where I Hope You Are." "The truth is my love life has been a lot more turbulent than I have let on. This is probably the first breakup song I've written," he added.

The singer has had a long and publicized battle with substance abuse 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."

Michael's performance on Monday, August 22, was the first stop on his "Symphonica" tour. The singer also paid tribute to late Amy Winehouse with a cover of her single "Love is a Losing Game."

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