George Michael announced his split from his long-term partner Kenny Goss at the first show of his 195-date Symphonica concert series, his first tour since 2008. Midway through the set, Michael revealed to his audience at the Prague State Opera that he and Goss broke up nearly three years ago, mainly as a result of his former partner’s alcoholism.
“My battles with substances are well documented and my partner went through similar problems with drink,” he said while introducing a new number titled “Where I Hope You Are,” which he says is the first break-up song he has ever written.
Michael’s performance, which was augmented by the full Czech National Symphony, skipped many of his best-known hits in favor covers of songs by the Police, Terence Trent D’Arby, Rihanna, New Order, Nina Simone, Stevie Wonder and Amy Winehouse. The singer did perform a few of his classics, such as “Freedom ’90,” “Kissing a Fool,” “Praying for Time” and “I’m Your Man.”