Drug is a problem, Michael admits (UK - George Michael)

By Lunar Loops · Oct 1, 2007 · ·
  1. Lunar Loops
    Obviously a slow news day and he's not really admitting anything. This from BBC News website:

    Drug is a problem, Michael admits

    Pop singer George Michael has admitted his marijuana use can be "a problem" and said he is "constantly trying" to smoke less of the drug.
    "Absolutely I would like to take less, no question," he said. "To that degree, it's a problem."
    But he added he did not think his habit was "getting in the way of my life in any way".
    "I'm a happy man and I can afford my marijuana so that's not a problem," he told BBC Radio 4's Desert Island Discs. Michael has previously said the world would be an "easier place to live with" if cannabis was legal.

    In the Radio 4 interview, he also urged listeners to support troubled singer Amy Winehouse, who he called "the best female vocalist" he had ever heard.
    He chose a track by Winehouse - who has reportedly had her own drug problems - as one of his castaway discs, saying she was also "one of the best writers" he had come across.
    "All I can say is, please, please understand how brilliant you are."
    Empathising through his own relationship with the press, the ex-Wham! star added: "I wish her every success in the future.
    "I know she can get past the media. I don't know if she can get past other things, but she's a fantastic talent and we should support her."
    'Bizarre' year
    Michael touched on a wide variety of subjects during his interview with presenter Kirsty Young.
    Talking about his 25th anniversary tour, he said it had been "a very bizarre year".
    "You can't imagine what it's like playing to people who have been loyal to you for 25 years and haven't seen you for 15.
    "That's been the most life-affirming thing I could have done. I'm so glad I did it."
    He described his childhood, revealing he believes he only became a pop star because he suffered a bang on the head.
    Music obsession
    "At the age of about eight I had a head injury and I know it sounds bizarre and unlikely, but it was quite a bad bang," he said.
    "I had it stitched up and stuff, but all my interests changed, everything changed in six months.
    "I had been obsessed with insects and creepy crawlies, I used to get up at five o'clock in the morning and go out into this field behind our garden and collect insects before everyone else got up.
    "Suddenly, all I wanted to know about was music, it just seemed a very, very strange thing.
    "And I have a theory that maybe it was something to do with this accident, this whole left-brain right-brain thing.
    "Nobody in my family seemed to notice but I became absolutely obsessed with music and everything changed after that." The interview aired on Sunday, and is repeated on Friday at 0902 BST.

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  1. Lunar Loops
    Drugs aren't a problem, says George Michael

    This slightly different headline writers take on the same interview comes from The Observer:
    Drugs aren't a problem, says George Michael

    Vanessa Thorpe
    Sunday September 30, 2007
    The Observer

    George Michael will speak about drugs, his recent community service order and his driving ban on this morning's Desert Island Discs on Radio 4. The singer talks about his heavy use of marijuana, but says he is lucky enough to have the income to support the habit: 'Do I wish I could use it less? Sure, but is it a problem in my life? No,' he tells Kirsty Young. In June, 44-year-old Michael was convicted of driving under the influence of prescription drugs and ordered to do 100 hours community service. He says he believes his childhood in north London as a favoured son in a traditional Greek family led to feelings of guilt about his easy passage through childhood. Despite his own attempts to sabotage his future, he says it always rights itself 'like a plastic duck in a bath'. Amy Winehouse and Kanye West are two of his choices on the show.
  2. Joe Duffy
    Does he smoke it by the truck load or something?

    Or is this an admission of use of other substances?
  3. Lunar Loops
    Yes, SWIS thought that was a ridiculous statement, but he wouldn't be the sharpest tool in the entertainment box.
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