George Michael plans new album with ‘gay collective’

Singer says he wants to make up for 'letting young gay people down'

George Michael has said he wants to make his new album as part of a “gay collective”.

The ex-Wham! singer, who announced an ‘orchestral’ UK tour for the autumn yesterday (May 11), said he would look to work with “either gay or gay-friendly artists” and that the album will be recorded during the breaks in his tour.

Speaking to Bang Showbiz, Michael said: “I’m looking to work with either gay or gay-friendly artists. Basically it will be a gay collective on which some of the records are sung by myself, some by other artists, possibly unknown ones, but there will be collaborations with a lot of artists.”

The singer also said he was hoping that the album would help to correct some of the damage he has done to the reputation of the gay community, after his brushes with the law over the last few years.

Michael said: “It’s really a matter of thinking what can I do to contribute as a gay man, because I have a serious problem with the fact that every time I would let myself down I felt definitely that I was letting young gay people down.”

He continued: ” I want to make up for some of the damage that I have done in making myself so newsworthy and putting myself on the back foot enough that there was no room, or space, for me to defend gay children.”

The tour begins at London‘s Royal Albert Hall in October.