George Michael: ‘Doctors spent three weeks in hospital keeping me alive’

Singer says it was 'by far the worst month of my life'

George Michael gave a press conference outside his home in London today and revealed that doctors in Austria had spent “three weeks keeping me alive”.

The singer, who told reporters that he was unable to speak for too long as he was still recovering from his illness, confirmed he had been suffering from a form of pneumonia and described his time in hospital as “the worst month of my life”.

He said:

I feel amazing. I’m very weak, but I feel amazing… [The doctors in the hospital] spent three weeks keeping me alive.

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Michael, who also said he was “incredibly fortunate” to have picked up the illness in Austria as the hospital “was the best place in the world I could have been”, revealed how serious his condition had been, adding: “It was touch and go for a couple of weeks. We played it down, I didn’t want to worry my fans too much.”

He also said that the thought of his family and fans had given him strength during his illness. “I have an amazing, amazing life,” he said. “And if I wasn’t spiritual enough before the last four or five weeks, I certainly am now.”

Michael, who was forced to cancel shows because of his illness, added that he was still determined to fulfil the live dates and also wanted to play an extra show “for the doctors in Austria who saved my life”.

It was reported yesterday that he been released from hospital and would be flying home to London. It was initially thought that although Michael’s condition was improving, he was unlikely to be out of hospital in time for Christmas.

Michael was admitted to Vienna’s AKH hospital last month after ill health forced him to cancel a gig in the Austrian capital. The illness forced Michael to shelve all of his tour dates for 2011 and reschedule them for next year.

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