Michael has hit back at comments made by Sir Elton John last
month about Michael and his new album.
Sir Elton was quoted last
month as saying Michael was "in a strange place" with
"a deep-rooted unhappiness" that came across on his
Michael said in an open
letter to Heat magazine: "Elton John knows nothing about
George Michael... we have rarely spoken in the past 10 years."
He described himself as
"content" and said he felt he had to defend himself.
Sir Elton had said in an
interview with Heat that Michael should "get out more".
But Michael, who duetted
with Sir Elton at 1985's Live Aid concert, said the singer's
comments were based on tittle-tattle.
"Most of what Elton
thinks he knows about my life is pretty much limited to the
gossip he hears on what you would call the 'gay grapevine' which,
as you can imagine, is lovely stuff indeed," wrote Michael.
"Other than that, he
knows that I don't like to tour, that I smoke too much pot, and
that my albums still have a habit of going to number one.
"In other words, he
knows as much as most of my fans do," the letter continued.
He said he preferred to
concentrate on future songs whereas Sir Elton, "makes
millions playing those old classics day in day out".
All for charity
Michael signed off with a
reference to a recent charity donation he had made.
Sir Elton "seems to
have forgotten me calling him a few months back to tell him that
my American royalties from Patience would be donated entirely to
the Elton John Aids Foundation".
George Michael's latest
album Patience debuted at number one - Sir Elton's most recent
LP, Peachtree, entered the chart at number 21.
Sir Elton was recently
involved in another celebrity spat after he accused Madonna of
lip-synching during her recent Re-Invention tour, a claim the