Ge­orge’s jail- time ‘ karma’

Townsville Bulletin - - The Goss -

POP star Ge­orge Michael said he de­served to be jailed for a month for crash­ing his car while high on cannabis , de­scrib­ing his time in­side as karma, in a BBC ra­dio in­ter­view to be broad­cast to­day.

The for­mer Wham! singer said he was now re­ceiv­ing ther­apy over his drug abuse is­sues and was " ashamed" to have bro­ken the law re­peat­edly.

The 47-year-old was jailed in Septem­ber last year af­ter ad­mit­ting driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence of drugs.

‘‘ I was as­sured I wasn’t go­ing to prison but I thought I was, and it was much eas­ier to take be­cause I felt it was de­served," he said.

‘‘ This was a hugely shame­ful thing to have done re­peat­edly so karmi­cally I felt like I had a bill to pay. I went to prison, I paid my bill.

‘‘ Re­mark­ably enough – I know peo­ple must think it was a re­ally hor­rific ex­pe­ri­ence – it’s so much eas­ier to take any form of pun­ish­ment if you be­lieve you ac­tu­ally de­serve it, and I did."

Be­sides his jail term, Michael was also been banned from driv­ing for five years and was forced to pay fines and costs worth £ 1,365.

Michael, whose real name is Ge­or­gios Panayiotou, said many fel­low mu­si­cians wrote to him in jail, in­clud­ing Paul McCart­ney, El­ton John and Boy Ge­orge.

De­scrib­ing his first night in prison, he said: ‘‘ It wasn’t a week­end break, put it that way.

‘‘ I didn’t feel sorry for my­self. I thought, ‘ Oh my God, this place is ab­so­lutely filthy.’

‘‘ I just thought, ‘ You get your head down.’"

He said his last night in­side was ‘ ‘ great," with ‘ ‘ ev­ery sin­gle staff mem­ber" and pris­oner get­ting his au­to­graph.

The singer – who first found f ame i n 1980s pop group Wham! and has gone on to sell more than 100 mil­lion records – has a long his­tory with drugs and legal scrapes.

Ge­orge Michael

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