'I can't thank him enough' - Mother reveals that George Michael secretly funded her IVF treatment
A mother who was able to have an IVF baby thanks to a donation from the late singer George Michael has said she "cannot thank him enough".
Appearing on ITV's This Morning, Jo Maidment revealed how she received a call from the Last Christmas singer's assistant two days after she first appeared on the show in 2010 to talk about her struggle to have a baby.
She told Phillip Schofield and Davina McCall: "I can't ever thank him enough for what he has done for me and my husband."
But the anonymous donation, which Michael made after hearing Mrs Maidment speak to the show's then agony aunt Denise Robertson, was only known by a handful of people.
On Tuesday, it was revealed on the programme "with his family's blessing".
Sharing how she was first given the news, Mrs Maidment said: "I got a phone call from a PA saying 'a businessman would like to donate some money for one cycle of IVF for you'.
"I didn't believe it at first ... and it took me a good few days to respond because that wasn't what I came on the show for, I wanted to help other people in my position.
"But then we agreed to it, because (the PA) said it was what this particular man wanted."
Mrs Maidment explained that, while the first cycle of IVF was unsuccessful, she had eggs frozen from the process and after a second try in 2012 gave birth to her "miracle" daughter, Betsy.
Michael congratulated her with flowers and a card, revealing that it was he who made the initial donation.
She said: "It was a couple of days after we came home with Betsy and we had loads of cards and flowers, and there was a massive bouquet of flowers that came and I read the card that said: "Congratulations to you both. Lots of love to Betsy. Love from Michelle and George Michael (AKA Anonymous) xx" ...me and my husband read it hundreds of times to believe it."
Since the Wham! star's death on Christmas Day, aged just 53, stories have emerged about anonymous generous donations he made to individuals and causes that moved him.
Schofield said: "He had a very close connection with this show and often spent, although you might not believe it, often spent his mornings watching - even phoning in on occasions and you may remember he was the mystery man that donated £50,000 to one of our Christmas appeals."
As well as funding other IVF treatments, The Mirror last week wrote about how he paid for the family of a boy with Down's Syndrome to take a Christmas trip to Lapland after seeing them speak on the former Richard and Judy show.