George Michael Considered Himself A Fraud, According To His Biographer


The author of George Michael‘s biography, ‘George Michael: A Life,’ James Gavin, recently interviewed Raised On Radio and revealed that Michael defined himself as a ‘fraud.’

George Michael has sold more than 120 million copies internationally and has been considered one of the best-selling musicians of all time. His considerable amount of songs reached number one on the UK Singles Chart and US Billboard Hot 100. Michael proved his success to the music world by receiving many awards such as Grammy and Brit.

After creating successful records with the duo band Wham!, Michael pursued a solo career in the mid-’80s. He initially released his solo single named ‘Careless Whisper,’ written by him and his bandmate Andrew Ridgeley in 1984. The song gained substantial commercial success for Michael by reaching number one in over 20 countries.

The ‘Faith’ was the singer’s debut album in which he worked with Columbia Records. He gained considerable success with it by peaking number one on the UK and US charts. Michael worked with a few record companies like Columbia and Virgin throughout his successful music career.

In the late ’80s, the vocalist wanted to be free from his long-term contract with Sony Music. Authorities moderately welcomed his decision; however, Michael filed suit against the company advocating that a 15-year deal was unfair for the artists. The vocalist described his situation in this contract, saying it was ‘professional slavery.’ His disappointment with the record company continued with his second solo album, ‘Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1,’ which did not achieve enough sales.

Recently, the author James Gavin stated that the lawsuit was a hopeless case for Michael. As the vocalist’s biographer mentioned, he acted according to what he created as a ‘George Michael doll.’ Although he sold this character to millions of people, Michael considered himself a ‘fraud,’ according to Gavin. The author noted that the vocalist sued Sony to introduce the real George Michael to people.

George Michael’s biographer James Gavin explained when asked about the vocalist’s argument with Sony Music:

“Goodness, yes! He sued his record company in the early 90s in a case that was a hopeless case that he could never have won it. But he was so at the heart of it was the fact that while he tried to sue Sony for having dropped the ball in his career and he promoted his big record and disappointed him in a long number of ways.

George was really unhappy with himself. He had created this big George Michael doll and sold it to millions, and he felt like he was a fraud. I believe that Sony’s lawsuit was won in a series of steps that he took in order to destroy the George Michael doll he created and show people who the real George was.”

You can listen to the interview below.