Kenny Goss has been candid about the death of his ex George Michael in his first interview in five years and has admitted that he “really tried” to save the singer’s life.
Wham star George died tragically of a heart condition on Christmas Day in 2016 at the age of 53.
Speaking about his death in an exclusive interview with Piers Morgan Uncensored, art dealer Kenny, 63, said it didn’t come as a shock to his loved ones.
Devastating: Kenny Goss spoke out about the death of his ex George Michael in a rare interview, admitting he ‘really tried’ to save the singer’s life
He said he was “worried” about George when they lived together during their open relationship from 1996 to 2009. They broke up because of substance abuse and alcoholism – something that affected both of them.
In a rare interview, Kenny explained, “We all expected him to die. I’d spent so much time living together worrying about him.
“Honestly, he hated that I was so worried about him. What is the sentence he says in one of his songs? He says, “I can see it in your eyes when you look at me like that, it tears me in half”. And it really did. I just didn’t know what to do.’
“I was worried about him all the time. Please don’t say that the wrong way, if you love someone you worry about them,” he added.
Relationship: Kenny and George (pictured in 2005) were in an open relationship from 1996 to 2009. They broke up in part due to substance abuse and alcoholism
The businessman went on to say that George gave him credit for saving his life, and Kenny said he had “really tried” to do so.
“What always strikes me is that I was incredibly happy with him for much longer than I was worried about him,” he added.
“He always said I saved his life. I think that’s a bit much, but I really tried.’
Reflecting on his relationship with George, Kenny described him as “one of the most honest people I’ve ever met” and said everyone always got the truth from the singer.
Kenny also said he doesn’t think George ever considered himself “handsome,” but did know he was a “talented man and a good songwriter.”
Loss: Wham star George died of a heart condition on Christmas Day in 2016 at the age of 53, but art dealer Kenny, 63, said it didn’t come as a shock to his loved ones
He continued: “I don’t think he ever thought he was having a beautiful moment in his life. I always tried to remind him or say to him, you know, “You look really good today. You’re a handsome man.”
“It was really hard for him… People would think he would have a much higher feeling of, ‘Hey, I’m a handsome boy.'”
“But what he did know was that he was a talented man and a good songwriter. I mean, he was a good man.’
“He was one of the most wonderful men in the world,” he added.
Speaking of their open relationship, Kenny confessed that George was “probably more open” than the two when he expressed his love for the songwriter.
Support: The businessman went on to say that George (both pictured in May 2004) had credited him with saving his life, and Kenny said he had “really tried” to do so
Kenny went on to reveal that George had chosen him as a partner to “please his mother” and said he had many similarities with Lesley.
“He believed that his mother and I were very similar. And in many ways we were,” he said.
“I’d say I’m much more of a guy who plays by the rules and she was kind of the same way. I’m not judgmental at all either.’
Reflecting on their relationship and George’s battle with drugs, Kenny said he doesn’t like being labeled “long-term,” adding, “I really tried to be there for him always and he knew it.”
Kenny was a muse for George’s songwriting and during a 2014 tour, George told his… fans, he had written the song Where I Hope You Are, which he admitted was inspired by their breakup.
Star: Kenny also said he doesn’t think George (pictured in September 2012) ever considered himself ‘handsome’, but he did know he was a ‘talented man’
Thinking about George’s songs about him, Kenny said he started reading the lyrics to the songs because he couldn’t remember the words to the songs.
He explained: “I can honestly tell you that I can’t remember the words to the songs he wrote about me. It is a pity.
“Since he passed away, I’ve actually started reading the lyrics. Actually, I started doing that before he died.’
Kenny has rarely spoken of George’s death, but in 2017 he opened up to Dallas Morning News about the couple’s relationship, which ended in 2009 and was announced in 2011.
He said, “We just had a really good, sweet relationship. We weren’t even mad at each other or anything like that. He was truly the love of my life. And I think I was the love of his life.’
In the wake of the singer’s death on Christmas Day in 2016, Kenny released a moving statement mourning his former lover.
“I am heartbroken by the news that my dear friend and longtime love George Michael has passed away,” he wrote. He was an important part of my life and I loved him very much. He was an extremely kind and generous man.
“The beautiful memories and music he brought to the world will always be an important part of my life and those who loved and admired him too.”
Muse: Reflecting on George’s songs about him, Kenny (both pictured in November 2007) said he started reading the lyrics to the songs because he couldn’t remember the words
Last year, Kenny reached a financial settlement with Michael’s trustees after a long-running lawsuit.
Texan Kenny had demanded money from the late singer’s £97 million estate, while the pop superstar’s family is said to have sworn: “He won’t get a cent.”
Kenny had demanded a payment of £15,000 a month, claiming that Michael had supported him financially, even though they had split up years before.
He also interrogated the ex-Wham! state of mind of the singer when he signed his will in 2013.
The settlement he reached with the trustees, Christopher Organ and Michael’s sister, Panayiota Panayiotou, known as Yioda, 62, is confidential.
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Settled: Last year, Kenny reached a financial settlement with Michael’s trustees after a long-running lawsuit (pictured in 2004)