George Michael bans TV interview in which he admits HIV fears

Source: dailymail.co.uk

George Michael has forced the BBC to pull the plug on an interview he gave in which he reveals he is too scared to have an AIDs test.

The star made the admission to Stephen Fry for a new two part documentary shown on BBC2 next month.

In the programme, the former Wham singer is understood to have revealed he had not had a test to see if he is HIV positive for years because he is scared of what result would come back.

Mr Michael, 44, whose former partner Anselmo Feleppa died of an Aids related illness in 1995, is said to have told the BBC the subject was too personal and emotional to be broadcast.

It is understood that Fry and Michael clashed over the singer’s stance over whether to be tested or not during the interview, which was recorded earlier this year.

In June, Fry’s producer, Ross Wilson, revealed: “George says he does not believe in tests .

“He says he finds the wait for results to harrowing and that he hasn’t had a test since at least 2004 due to his fears it might be positive.”

But yesterday the BBC issued a short statement saying: “George Michael isn’t in the documentary, because on reflection, this was too personal a journey for George to revisit”.

There is also speculation that Michael may have been unhappy over the way BBC programming chiefs used his discomfort to promote the programme, which also sees Fry himself take an HIV test, which is provides a negative result.

The singer has talked frankly about the issue and his feelings about the death of former boyfriend Anselmo Feleppa, who died from the disease in 1985.

A spokesman for the star confirmed that he had asked for his contribution to be removed and claimed it had also been too personal a subject for Anselmo’s family to revisit as well.

He said: “On reflection, he felt it was too close and too personal a journey.”

The spokesman added: “It was too personal for Anselmo’s family to revisit.”

The documentary series called Stephen Fry: HIV and Me, which airs in the first week of October, follows on from his acclaimed programme The Secret Life of the Manic depressive, where he revealed his personal struggle with mental illness.

It has already been an eventful year for Michael after he became the first singer to perform at the new Wembley Stadium in June, almost seven years after the last concert at the venue.

But just a day before the gig, he was sentenced to 100 hours of community service and given a driving ban for two years after pleading guilty to driving while unfit.

He said he had been ashamed of risking other people’s lives as he drove his Mercedes erratically in North London in October last year.

Police found the car stopped at traffic lights with Michael slumped at the wheel, drooling and sweating.

Blood tests showed a cocktail of drugs in cluding anti-depressant, sleeping pill, cannabis and the illegal dance club drug GHB.

Michael was previously forced to complete 80 hours of community service in 1998 in the US for “lewd conduct” in an LA park.

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