George Michael’s Wham! partner and good pal Andrew Ridgeley has said a newspaper campaign to re-release Careless Whisper is not the most “appropriate” tribute to the late singer.
The campaign is being spearheaded by The Sun, a newspaper Michael said had branded him a “poof” and a “pervert” during his lifetime.
The proceeds from the proposed re-release of Careless Whisper would go to several of the singer’s favourite charities.
Since news broke of his death on Christmas Day, various reports have highlighted how much Michael anonymously raised for charity in his lifetime – by all accounts, hundreds of thousands of pounds.
However, Ridgeley – who co-wrote Careless Whisper – has said that a reissue of a song Michael penned himself would make for a more fitting tribute.
Though Careless Whisper is a George Michael solo single, it was originally released while he was still a member of Wham! and actually appeared on the duo’s album Make It Big.
Michael’s death was announced on Christmas Day by his publicist, who said the 53-year-old singer-songwriter had “passed away peacefully at home”.