When you received devastating personal news in olden times, you could make a big ’80s drama show of things by sweeping shit off your desk, overturning furniture, and throwing something at the mirror to send a rage-symbolizing shower of glass over your deep pile carpet. Unfortunately, that required clean-up. Nowadays, you can preserve your home furnishings by upending your social media with a series of rambling posts and tweets to express your fury. Like Fadi Fawaz did! The Sun reports that Fadi found out that he didn’t make it into his late boyfriend George Michael’s will, and he responded by venting hard against George on social media. George Michael just poked his head out of the public men’s room in Heaven to roll his eyes behind his aviators.
George Michael died on Christmas Day at the age of 53, and between then and now, members of his family have been bringing the messiness by sharing their thoughts on his cause of death. George’s partner Fadi Fawaz tweeted (and later deleted) that he thinks George committed suicide. George’s “cousin” told the BBC that he believes George died of an accidental overdose after getting back on the bad shit. Well, Fadi and George’s “cousin” can stop playing, “What Did George Michael Die Of?“, because the coroner released his official cause of death today.
During Adele’s tribute to George Michael at the Grammys, she stopped after the first verse of her slowed-down version of Fastlove, and said she had to do it right for him before staring over. Adele was taking that tribute performance very seriously. As it turns out, she was taking it seriously because the family of George Michael specifically wanted her to perform the tribute.
Adele opened the Grammys tonight with her cover of Lionel Richie’s Hello (I Wish) and so many people probably didn’t watch the rest of the show because they were crying out all of the liquids in their body while in the fetal position. But later on in the show, Adele did the tribute to George Michael.
Adele did a slowed-down version of one of my favorite George Michael songs, Fastlove. I nearly broke my jaw while cringing when I heard that Adele was going to do that song, because it is a great slut anthem and makes you want to give a stranger a lap dance, or troll for some dick in the park, or put up a Craigslist Casual Encounters ad with your real phone number hidden in it. Fastlove is not meant to be some sappy, melancholy, elevator song. So I was all ready to say three words that would’ve opened up a trap door to hell under my couch. The three words being: DAMN YOU, ADELE!
But I changed my mind when she stopped after her first verse, blew out the fuck word (which was bleeped, BOO!) and said, “I’m sorry, I can’t mess this up for him, I’m sorry, I can’t.” Adele then turned away from the mic and said “Fuck.” I like to think that George Michael was in the afterworld, loving every damn minute of this extra dramatic moment.
Watch Adele's tribute to George Michael in full here: pic.twitter.com/LmsfYFKMaG
— Adele Daily (@AdeleDailyInfo) February 13, 2017
Am I still here for Adele’s version of one of my favorite ho shit anthems? Not totally, but I appreciate her starting over for George Michael and dropping the fuck word. And yes, next year, she will get the Grammy for the Best F Bomb Dropped During The Grammys.
The Music (via Queerty) reported on this lovely new mural of the late, great George Michael. It’s by Australian artist Scott Marsh and depicts George with a saintly halo, wearing white and rainbow-hued clerical garb, and bearing weed and poppers. I’m pretty sure this beautiful and holy vision has been experienced by many a Provincetown or Fire Island summer partier after partaking too freely of… what have you.
It’s George Michael as “patron saint of the gays!” (An equally dead Bea Arthur would like a word, Scott.) Scott explained his work, which he had permission to paint from the building’s owners who were friends with George.
They were telling me stories about him and their times with him in Sydney and he sounded like a pretty incredible person, so I just sat down with them and threw some ideas around. The idea we stuck with was him as the patron saint of the gays. They love it.”
Important detail: Since patron saints tend to cradle some sort of magical talisman, Marsh thought it wise to paint a joint and big bottle of amyl into Michael’s paws.
“[His friends] were like, ‘I don’t think we ever saw him without a joint in his hand,” he says, “‘and put amyl in his other hand,’ and I just thought, that’s too funny.”
This seems like the sort of thing George would have loved.
While George Michael is up in Heaven waiting for the angels to finish making him a sexy white leather biker jacket with holes cut in the back for his wings, his long-term boyfriend Fadi Fawaz is filling us in on some of the details of his death on Sunday.