George Michael has spent two months in an Australian health clinic to tackle the problems which forced him to cancel a concert tour of the country.
The British pop star had pulled out of a national tour of Australia in 2012 citing “major anxiety” and the need for “post traumatic counselling.” Michael’s cancellation came just two weeks before he was due to open the new Perth Arena – a gig which Elton John would slot into.
Now, Britain’s The Sun newspaper is quoting unnamed sources who claim Michael has completed a two-month stint in Australia’s The Sanctuary, and has now returned to London.
The former Wham frontman fell seriously ill with pneumonia in 2011, a condition which forced him to be hospitalized in Vienna, Austria. He later told reporters that his health was "touch and go" – that he’d spent some days on the brink of death.
In the statement issued last September through the Australian promoter of his planned shows, Paul Dainty, Michael said, “By way of explanation all I can say at this time is that since last year's illness I have tried in vain to work my way through the trauma that the doctors who saved my life warned me I would experience.”
He added that his doctors “recommended complete rest and the type of post traumatic counselling which is available in cases like mine but I'm afraid I believed (wrongly) that making music and getting out there to perform for the audiences that bring me such joy would be therapy enough in itself…I was wrong to think I could work my way through the major anxiety that has plagued me since I left Austria last December.”