Michael has said that a new film about his life is the start of
a retirement from public view.
The pop star
said it would be a much more "behind the scenes affair",
and called his own genre of music "dead".
thought I should explain myself before I disappear," said
Michael, who was at the Berlin film festival to launch the
The film, A
Different Story, chronicles Michael's life and career from the
1980s and his personal struggles.
41-year-old chart-topper told reporters in the German capital
that he wanted to "move his career into a different
form", but added that he does not know what it is going to
to a close'
still going to be making music," he said, but added that he
was "not going to be around".
He hinted at
discontent with the current state of music industry, and said:
"I don't really think that there is anyone in the modern
pop business who I feel I want to spar with."
that the film, directed by Southan Morris, would put his two
decades of fame into context.
almost as much for me as for my fans, in terms of trying to make
sense of the last 22 years and bring it to a close in a proper
way," he said.
documentary chronicles the highs and lows of his life in the
public gaze, from his meteoric rise as one half of pop duo Wham!
to his arrest for lewd conduct in a Los Angeles toilet in 1998.
also deals with the loss of Michael's partner Anselmo Feleppa
from an Aids-related condition in 1993.
Story, which is being shown at the Berlin Film Festival, has
been screened by BBC One.