George Michael hung pearls from biker jacket in Religion video as secret sign to point out that he was homosexual – 11 years earlier than he got here out
George Michael hung strings of pearls from his leather-based jacket within the video for his hit music Religion to ship a secret sign that he was homosexual – 11 years earlier than he got here out publicly.
The revelation was made by Andy Morahan, who directed the 1987 video that featured Michael sporting a ‘Rockers Revenge’ biker jacket, aviator sun shades and ripped denims, and which turned him into a world intercourse image.
In unused footage solely obtained by this newspaper from the documentary George Michael: Portrait Of An Artist, which airs tonight on Channel 4, Morahan, 65, advised how the star had fired his stylist and acquired the jacket from a Hollywood boutique.
‘George was speaking about leather-based jackets however he did not have one which had the Insurgent and Wild One vibe,’ mentioned Morahan, referring to traditional James Dean films.
‘Then we discovered this jacket with ‘Revenge’ on the again and [George] put his pearls on the facet – his secret signal of his sexuality.’
George Michael hung strings of pearls from his leather-based jacket (pictured above) within the video for his hit music Religion to ship a secret sign that he was homosexual – 11 years earlier than he got here out publicly
George Michael’s long-term boyfriend Kenny Goss (pictured collectively in 2004) confirmed that Michael was in remedy to cope with the pressures of fame
Religion reached primary within the US and quantity two within the UK.
Michael didn’t come out publicly till 1998 after he was caught soliciting an undercover police officer for intercourse in a public bathroom in Beverly Hills.
A supply in Los Angeles, who was mates with Michael, mentioned: ‘George hid his sexuality from the general public as a result of there was no means he might have change into a heart-throb if he’d come out in these days.
‘However he by no means hid his sexuality in personal. Again then, one of many issues you may do to sign to different males in golf equipment and bars that you simply had been homosexual was to hold a string of pearls out of your denims or jacket.
‘It was a message to his homosexual followers. You will have the distinction of that butch jacket with the female pearls. His message was clear to these of us who knew the sign.’
The singer’s long-term boyfriend Kenny Goss confirmed that Michael was in remedy to cope with the pressures of fame.
The singer began seeing superstar psychiatrist Dr Barrington Cooper, who handled stars together with Elizabeth Taylor, when he was 18, visiting as much as 3 times every week.
Goss mentioned: ‘Dr Cooper was a incredible psychiatrist, a superb buddy.
‘He inspired sufferers to consider in themselves and that something is feasible should you work arduous at it. He grew to become an enormous a part of our lives.’
The physician’s widow, artist Jane Cooper, mentioned: ‘My husband taken care of George from the age of 18.
Michael (pictured right here in 1987) didn’t come out publicly till 1998 after he was caught soliciting an undercover police officer for intercourse in a public bathroom in Beverly Hills
‘George had an uncle who was a depressive who killed himself, and that is a genetic factor. I doubt you possibly can override that to that extent – that is like a illness. I believe that is the place George was at.’
Whereas a coroner dominated Michael’s loss of life in 2016, aged 53, was from a coronary heart assault, Mrs Cooper believes the star slowly killed himself with drink and medicines, including: ‘The coroner mentioned he died of a coronary heart assault, however I learn that as a euphemism for different issues. A well mannered euphemism.’
In one other out-take, producer Chris Porter revealed Michael had a recording studio constructed on a Boeing 747 when Wham! toured China in 1985.
He added: ‘There have been no studios in China. The closest had been in Australia. We constructed our personal studio in that 747 and principally received transported to the 2 exhibits in China.’