Ridgeley makes rare public statement to dismiss comeback talk

Wham! guitarist Andrew Ridgeley has laughed off speculation that he and George Michael were set to reunite, by calling rumours of a comeback “sidesplitting”.

Michael sparked the speculation by claiming in a Q interview that he and Ridgeley had met at the start of the year to discuss reforming. He said: “Andrew came round and cooked. We were talking about a reunion at Glastonbury in the fallow year.”

Glastonbury has a fallow year every five years, when Michael Eavis doesn’t hold the festival so that his farm can fully recover. The next one is due in 2017. Holding a Wham! concert in a year when there is no festival thus looked unlikely, but many newspapers took Michael’s comment seriously.

Ridgeley confirmed the comment was meant to be a joke when he tweeted a photo of himself and two friends enjoying a cream tea in Ridgeley’s native Cornwall, with the caption: “Taking time off from sidesplitting effects of GM Glastonbury fallow year #WhamReunion gag. Dear me, how we larffed!” Ridgeley has made the photo his Twitter avatar.

Wham! enjoyed hits such as ‘Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go’, ‘Wham! Rap’ and ‘Last Christmas’ before splitting with a farewell concert at Wembley Stadium in 1986.

While Michael has enjoyed a successful solo career, Ridgeley has retreated from the public spotlight after his only solo album ‘Son Of Albert’ failed to reach the Top 75 in 1990. Ridgeley, who is married to Bananarama singer Keren Woodward, has only given one interview since then, when he told Hello! Magazine in 1997 that he wished Wham! had made a third album to see if they could succeed in America.

Despite his low profile, Ridgeley joined Twitter in June. The Arsenal fan has mainly tweeted about his love of cycling and football, with his new photo his only comment so far about his former band.