Wham! star Andrew Ridgeley to pen emotional tell-all guide about George Michael

ANDREW Ridgeley is gearing up to discuss his friendship surrounding the late George Michael.

The tragic and untimely death of George Michael rocked the music world in 2016. 

The 53-year old singer was found dead at his home in Goring-on-Thames, Oxfordshire on Christmas Day. 

George was one of the most recognisable faces in British music, starting out as one half of Wham! before launching a successful solo career selling millions of albums worldwide.

His most notable hits include Freedom, Faith and Careless Whisper.

George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley first met at Bushey Meads School, and after years of playing in various music groups, went on to create Wham! 

The new book, Wham, George & Me, will detail Ridgeley’s friendship with Michael over the years from their first meeting in 1975 to their rise to fame and success with hits including Last Christmas and Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go in the 1980s.

It will also cover the band’s farewell gig at London’s Wembley Stadium on June 28 1986, when they said goodbye to their fans and each other.

Their second studio album Make It Big in 1984 was a global pop smash hit, charting number one in both the UK and the United States.

Surrounding the death of George Michael, Ridgeley wrote in the Mail On Sunday: “I cried like I’d never cried before.”

Louise Moore, managing director of publisher Michael Joseph/Penguin, said: “Andrew is the only man who can tell this story. It’s a memoir of love, friendship and music.

“When I first heard about this, I just wanted to publish this book and bring the story to all those millions of fans. 

“It’s a delight and a privilege to work with Andrew and we are incredibly excited about this publication.”

The news of the tell-all book comes as an impressive collection of artworks of George are up for auction this week at Christie’s in London.

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