Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 21 September 2014

George: Fantastic to be out of jail

George Michael want a clean slate after being released from prison

George Michael has said that he wants to "start again" after being released from prison.

The 47-year-old singer said it was "fantastic" to be free after serving half of his eight-week sentence for crashing his Range Rover while high on cannabis.

The former Wham! star, whose real name is Georgios Panayiotou, said he wanted to stop running away from the press now that he had been released from Highpoint Prison in Suffolk. Speaking outside his home in north London, he told reporters: "I'm coming out here on my own so that you'll realise I just want to start again.

"I'm going to try to stop running away from you guys. You'll get sick of me. You'll see me about."

He said it was "fantastic" to be free, that he wanted to "go out", and added: "It's a beautiful day.

"I just want to say thank you for everybody who has supported me in there, it's quite inspirational."

As he walked back through the gates of his home, George joked: "By the way, I've just thought of a really good idea for a song."

He added: "It's going to be nothing to do with prison."

George was moved to the softer Category C Highpoint from Pentonville in north London last month. He was jailed on September 14 after he admitted driving while unfit through drugs and possessing two cannabis cigarettes when he appeared at London's Highbury Corner Magistrates' Court.

He was found slumped at the wheel of a car after it smashed into a branch of photo store Snappy Snaps in north London in July. The singer, who had a previous conviction for the same offence, was told by District Judge John Perkins that there was no option but jail.

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