It took five years for George Michael to get a headstone – but with the rows of seats surrounding the singer’s estate slowly falling apart, it could take even longer before he can finally rest in peace. .
The Careless Whisper star died on Christmas day, 2016 at the age of just 53 – since his £97million fortune is still in dispute and a tentative movie about his troubled life has cooled.
Last week, The Sun revealed that only one stone had been placed on George’s grave in Highgate Cemetery, near his home in London.
While the humble marble slab brings closure to his previously unmarked resting place, it is sadly the end of the fallout from his untimely death.
Ex-lovers, including his troubles, drug abuse boyfriend Fadi Fawaz, continues to scour for documents and his closest relatives are still conflicted about the best way to manage his memory.
As one insider put it: “It’s been five years since George was laid to rest but things are still not settled. Even after all this time there are still attempts to get hold of his money.
“Fadi is still a nightmare – he always causes headaches – and the family argues a lot about the details. The simple truth is that George’s estate is as complex as ever.”
After a lengthy legal battle, in May this year, George’s sister Yioda agreed to pay another former lover, former Texas flight attendant Kenny Goss, £15,000 a month under a settlement out-of-court agreement.
Previously, she and George’s other sister Melanie had resisted his attempts to acquire any of George’s assets.
Kenny used to live with his ex Rub! singer for 13 years before their separation in 2011. Under the Inheritance Act 1975, an ex-partner can claim the deceased’s estate if they think they have been left without support. reasonable finances.
Kenny said of George: “We just had a really nice and sweet relationship. He is truly the love of my life. And I think I’m the love of his life.”
His legal team says George wasn’t thinking properly when he signed the will in 2013.
Sure enough, his life was in disarray at the time due to his addiction to alcohol and drugs. A sign of his mental state came four months after he signed his last will, when he fell from his car in his M1 critically, sustaining only minor injuries.
Whatever his mental state, George has set aside huge sums of money for good causes, donating a piano once owned by John Lennon and worth £1.7 million to the foundation. charity.
Securing the monthly amount would be good news for Kenny, who had previously had to sell the paintings George had given him.
But while one mistress let her lawyer do the talking, George’s eventual mate raged and raged in vain.
Bitter ex-lover Fadi Fawaz posted nasty comments about George on social media and was arrested for the bizarre attacks.
The 45-year-old Australian was fined £420 for the spray paint “Kill Fawaz” on a 13th-century church in central London in October.
When a police officer arrested him, he insisted the graffiti was related to his brother.
Similar words were engraved on the back of Fawaz’s coat. A year ago he smashed the window of a London salon and, after missing several court appearances, was fined £800 for criminal damages.
Fadi is still a nightmare – he always causes headaches
In the summer of 2020, he was arrested after a series of hammer attacks on cars in London.
Fawaz, a hair stylist, was arrested at his home in Bethnal Green Wear flip-flops, tracksuit bottoms, and a see-through suit.
On Twitter, he stated that George does not write his own music, and on Facebook he wrote: “What a big mistake George Michael made in my life. But we all live to learn or die to teach.”
He also told how he auctioned off the singer’s property because he had no money left.
It was Fawaz who discovered George dead in his bed. They met in 2009, two years before George split from Kenny, and they later lived together at the singer’s Grade II listed seven-bedroom mansion, The Grove, in the exclusive Highgate Village. rights in North London.
But how close they were is doubtful, since George left him nothing in his will.
BITTER EX FADI
After the singer’s death, Fawaz squatted at another of George’s London estates near Regent’s Park, refusing to return the £5m payment to George’s family. In July 2019, he was arrested after allegedly standing on a roof topless. A few days earlier, he had been in trouble for smashing his house.
Grove has been rented out to high-end clients for £15,000 a week. Entrepreneur and George Michael Stephen Cameron fan snapped it last December despite the £19m price tag.
Married father-of-three Stephen, who runs a media company, said: “It is a stunning property. I’m also a huge George Michael fan, so that makes it even better.”
George initially paid £7.65 million for the property. After his death, most of his estate passed to his sisters Yioda and Melanie Panayiotou. But in a repeat of George’s own Christmas tragedy, Melanie passed away on December 25, 2019, after falling into a diabetic coma.
The 59-year-old hairdresser was found by her sister at her home in Hampstead, North London.
Two days before her death, Melanie wrote that the family was looking forward to “changing the bad and enjoying the good” in 2020.
We can now help us with his lyrics when things are tough and help celebrate when times are good.
The family message on George’s website reads: “We know how much his lyrics can support when things are tough and help celebrate when times are good.
“It seems important that his generous spirit and natural empathy touched you in a way that put him to shame, all your kind words are really good to hear and they I know you always know his true heart.”
Andrew Ridgeley, former member of George’s band at Wham!, said: “Extremely tragic news of the passing of Mel Panayiotou. My thoughts are with her sister and her father at this desperate time of grief.”
When she was laid to rest in January, Fadi Fawaz was barred from attending the funeral. All this turmoil has sadly cast a shadow over George’s legacy – and more importantly for fans, has put a pause on a planned biopic about his life.
His property is keen to move forward with a movie following the success of the Rocketman and Bohemian Rhapsody films, about Elton John and Queen, and spoke with the screenwriters about celebrating her career.
But rows about what it should include – and what it shouldn’t – brought the project to a halt. As one insider put it: “No one can agree on what percentage of his real-life drama should go in, because they are all distracted by dramas that are still going on. takes place.”
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https://www.thesun.co.uk/tvandshowbiz/17101180/bitter-feud-george-michael-97million/ The bitter feud over George Michael’s £97million fortune still casts a shadow over the singer as the fifth anniversary of his death draws near.