George Michael: music has helped him through years of depression

George Michael has said music helped him through years of depression when he first toured the US.

The singer, who has sold more than 85 million records, is coming to the end of his first tour of North America in 17 years. Speaking on a US breakfast show, he also talked openly about his first gay relationship with Anselmo Feleppa, the infamous 1998 public toilets incident and his drugs arrest in October 2006. “When you know you’ve done something really stupid, then the punishment doesn’t really feel inappropriate,” he said. “And it’s a weird thing, because I think I really learned something from that, because I did something that I’d never done in my life, which is take risks with other people.”

During his concert at Madison Square Garden in New York, Michael told fans he thought US Democrats Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton would make the strongest presidential team and dedicated his song “Amazing” to partner Kenny Goss, who was in the audience. He also told fans at the concert that gay marriage should be legal in New York.