Thursday 22 February 2018

George Michael fan tells story of when the 'lonely' star invited him into his home

George Michael: Chris Radburn/PA Wire
George Michael: Chris Radburn/PA Wire
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Tributes left outside the house in Oxfordshire of George Michael yesterday following the singer's death Photo: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
A tribute outside the home in Goring, where George was found dead on Christmas Day. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)
Amy Mulvaney

Amy Mulvaney

A George Michael fan has spoken about a time when the "lonely" star invited him into his Oxfordshire home.

James Eschauzier was invited into the late singer's home after meeting him in a cafe, and said Michael seemed to be "a very lonely man," reports The Sun.

Eschauzier had previously worked with Michael in the nineties, arranging corporate appearances for him, and met him when he was visiting a local cafe in July 2015.

“Within half an hour George had invited me to his house. He was obviously incredibly lonely," he said.

Wham!'s Last Christmas returned to the top 10 for the first time in 31 years following singer George Michael's death
Wham!'s Last Christmas returned to the top 10 for the first time in 31 years following singer George Michael's death

“There was no one there and it was clear that George was living alone. There was no housekeeper and he never referred to a partner or boyfriend."

“He did seem to be a very lonely man. There was this sense about him that his life wasn’t complete," he said of Michael, who died on Christmas Day aged 53.

Eschauzier said it seemed "like a part of the jigsaw wasn’t there" when he visited the €5.8m home and spent time with the music icon.

“George seemed OK, but he was a world away from the confident, charismatic and happy man I had met all those years before. They were two different men. My impression was that he could have been looked after a bit better.”

Tributes left outside the house in Oxfordshire of George Michael yesterday following the singer's death Photo: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
Tributes left outside the house in Oxfordshire of George Michael yesterday following the singer's death Photo: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

“I’m sure he would not have invited me in if he hadn’t been lonely."

“Once I was there he was very chatty, and had a lot of energy. We were talking about David Bowie, and he said that he was a great fan of his."

Eschauzier's tale follows the news that Michael's death could be linked to heroin, after a post-mortem exam proved inconclusive.

More tests, expected to take a number of weeks, will be conducted on the singer, who, it has been claimed, had battled a heroin addiction this year.

A tribute outside the home in Goring, where George was found dead on Christmas Day. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)
A tribute outside the home in Goring, where George was found dead on Christmas Day. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)

This has been denied by his family and friends.

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