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George Michael talks childhood, sexuality and fearing the big time in revealing animated interview

Jennifer Van Evra

George Michael was a pop star who was catapulted to fame at a young age, then experienced innumerable highs and lows that come with superstardom.

And in a new Blank on Blank episode, which features excerpts of a 1986 interview by Joe Smith set to smart animation, Michael foretells much of his professional life.

“Although there is that half of me that wants it, there’s another half of me that’s very frightened of it, as well, because I don’t think it has a good effect on people’s lives,” says Michael. “I don’t want to be dragged into the kind of downsides of this business that are so easy to fall into.”

He also talks about being the first Western pop act to play China, about early childhood inklings, and about going from “Careless Whisper”-style pop balladeer to music that was more sexually fuelled.

“There’s a kind of sexuality that I haven’t really made the most of with the first part of my career. I suppose obviously as a 22-year-old, 23-year-old, obviously I’m more experienced sexually than I was as an 18-year-old," he says, foretelling songs like "I Want Your Sex" and "Freedom." "So maybe it’s time for that to start reflecting in the music.”

The episode is part of the long-running and popular Blank on Blank series, which is produced by David Gerlach and features animation by Patrick Smith, and has included archival interviews with David Bowie, Meryl Streep, Michael Jackson and dozens of other luminaries.

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