George Michael: “Fantastic” to be released from Suffolk jail
POP star George Michael has spoken of his delight and desire to ‘start again’ after being released from prison in Suffolk.
The former Wham star served his sentence at Highpoint Prison at Stradishall, near Haverhill, after admitting a drug-driving offence.
After arriving home in London today, Michael said: “I’m coming out here on my own so that you’ll realise I just want to start again.
“I’m going to try to stop running away from you guys. You’ll get sick of me. You’ll see me about.”
He said it was “fantastic” to be free, that he wanted to “go out”, and added: “It’s a beautiful day.
“I just want to say thank you for everybody who has supported me in there, it’s quite inspirational.”
The 47-year-old singer was transferred to Highpoint on September 17 after being moved out of Pentonville Prison when he abandoned his plans to apply for bail.
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Michael was found slumped at the wheel of his car after it smashed into a branch of the photo store Snappy Snaps in north London in July.
The musician admitted driving while unfit through drugs and possessing two cannabis cigarettes when he appeared at Highbury Magistrates’ Court in August. He had earlier conviction for driving while unfit through drugs.
Michael, who has sold millions of records in a solo career spanning 25 years, was taken to begin his sentence at Pentonville.