Furnish, speaking to Victoria Derbyshire on BBC Radio 5 live, said that numerous friends of Michael‘s have been in touch with him and John about helping the former Wham! singer.
“They’re saying that they’re very concerned,” Furnish explained. “A lot of people are saying it to us, we get it very very regularly, that they are concerned about his health, concerned about his state of mind and his wellbeing and that, as Elton has been there and experienced sobriety now for 19 years, that perhaps he’s best positioned to be able to help out.”
In an interview with the Guardian published on Saturday (December 5), Michael admitted that he had been smoking crack cocaine at the time of his arrest on London’s Hampstead Heath in September 2008.
“Was I? On that occasion? Yeah,” Michael said, before refusing to reveal when he last took the drug. He went on to attack John for wanting to help him, saying: “Elton just needs to shut his mouth and get on with his own life.”
Responding to that criticism, Furnish told Derbyshire‘s show that he and John simply want to look out for Michael.
“The difficult thing for Elton and me is a lot of George‘s friends keep calling us saying, ‘You have to do something, George is in a bad way, he’s in a bad state.’ We’re only reacting to what his close friends say to us. I respect George, I love George, I think he’s a huge talent. I just hope he’s fine.”
Michael is rumoured to be appearing on The X Factor final this weekend.