George Michael proves that there is life after public humiliation. Some people have argued that the British gay singer was never able to recapture his momentum after he was forced to disclose his homosexuality following his arrest in a men's restroom in 1996.
The reality is that Michael decided years earlier to steer his career away from the public spotlight. After being a global teen pop idol for more than a decade and a bitter legal dispute with Sony Records, the singer had enough. He wanted to make music his way.
His new album "Patience" reflects Michael's true artistic spirit. The record comes almost eight years after "Older," his last album with all original tracks.
His latest collection of songs deal with depression, love and his lust for life. Musically, the singer combines stylish dance beats and soulful ballads with his signature tongue-in-cheek lyrics.
Arjan recently had a brief email conversation with George Michael to discuss his new record.
Arjan: What inspired you to make this album?
George: The inspiration behind this album was to survive. I was obsessed with this project because it took so long to arrive at a finished album. Some of the album was molded by the time we're living in. But the major thing was to make an album that wouldn't let people down. That was my obsession.
Arjan: What did you intend to say to your boyfriend Kenny in the song "American Angel"?
George: I think really at the core is the way that Kenny stood by me through my depression. The day or days after I met Kenny my mother told me she had cancer. So he never knew me without this terrible thing hanging over me. So the fact that he's stood by me.
Arjan: Do you think it is easier for you to re-launch your career in Europe than in the US?
George: I'm not really sure, the truth is I haven't promoted here therefore I've disappeared. I have a feeling if they would have heard the music it would have been the same.